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Dec 29, 2016 4:17 PM CST
I live in henry county ga, I have 2 raised bed gardens 8x16, last year was so hot some plants did not make it. I put up 1/2" pve to create a trelis and plan on using shade cloth this year. Is it better to put up say 30% shade cloth and leave it up all summer or only put out 50% from 10 to 2 when it gets over 90 degrees. This is onlymy 2nd growing season in georgia, I lived in nj and never had to worry about this problem. Also what color to use, green, white or black?Thank you
Name: greene
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Dec 29, 2016 4:49 PM CST
I have been researching this...about the color of shade cloth. I had inherited a ton of green shade cloth but I will not be using it in the garden - the green will be used to provide shade for people and pets.

For garden plants. if you are selecting only one color, I believe white would be the better choice.

Hate to go "off site" but there is a discussion here:
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Name: Philip Becker
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Dec 29, 2016 5:20 PM CST
Color ???πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜• whatever color looks best. My opinion !!!😁 personally i'd choose green!!!
I'd only put up the shade cloth when the temps start getting above 90.
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Name: Celia
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Dec 29, 2016 6:28 PM CST
I would think darker colors would absorb too much heat. I agree with Greene. Go with the white.
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Dec 29, 2016 8:05 PM CST
And I agree with Philip, you should only shade the plants in the middle of the day. Veggies need the sunlight to bloom and bear properly.

Have you tried mulching between your plants to just keep the soil cooler? We've used straw this fall in the school garden and found it worked wonders for keeping the soil cool and retaining moisture, as well as keeping the weeds down.

Which plants did you have trouble with in the heat? Down here in Florida, we just assume our tomato plants are going to peter out in June or early July. It's either a late blight that kills them nearly over night, or just the hot nights that stop them from growing and setting any fruit. Some varieties, especially small fruited ones, take the heat better but I've never had a tomato plant make it through a summer here in 15 years.

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