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Week of June 19, 2018

Now that Mother Nature has turned up the heat, your summer garden is loving it but your cool-weather plants like peas and lettuce are not so happy. One thing that can benefit both is installing some shade cloth. There are different shade cloth percentages available and a good rule of thumb is to install 30% shade cloth for plants that love the heat; cool-weather plants like lettuce, greens and broccoli, use 47% shade cloth in hot climates. Placement is also important. Install it on the west side of your garden beds to shade your plants during the hottest part of the day. You can also use shade cloth over greenhouses to keep them cooler in the summer. 50-60% shade cloth can be installed over shade-loving plants and 80% over patios to cool down your outdoor living space.