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vegetable growing under shade cloth

Posted by violet55 Central FL (My Page) on
Wed, May 13, 09 at 14:22

Hi! I'm growing my first vegetable garden using the Square Foot method. As our temps have already been in the 90's, I'm considering growing under shade cloth. I currently have beets, summer squash, green onions, cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, bell & banana peppers. My black seed lettuce and swiss chard are suffering - going bitter. I'm unsure whether to cover my whole garden with 40% shade cloth or whether to just cover the lettuces. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!


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RE: vegetable growing under shade cloth

I'm only growing Tomatoes and Okra right now, so I'm not much help. But I heard the Okra loves sun, so they are getting the full brunt of the sun...my tomatoes have been under shade cloth(actually I'm using burlap), I had the thin frost cloth, but has since ripped apart from extreme UV rays?I've had them under them for at least 5 weeks or so. It is doing so much better since, they are not wilting as much and are ripening now. I would think they would all benefit from some shade during the hottest afternoon sun? Good luck!


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