Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shade Cloth Experiment in the Garden



After a spring of fresh garden lettuce, I was having a hard time letting go of the daily fresh lettuce selection. After all the spring lettuce bolted, and the poles for beans were in place, a solution was staring me in the face. The space between the pole beans would be an excellent location for lettuce growing under a piece of shade cloth.

The shade cloth purports to shade 70% of the sun from the plants below. So far, the experiment is a success. I have wonderful lettuces growing in abundance below the cloth. The real test will come as we leave the month of June with its heavy marine layers each day. I will be happy if the lettuce keeps producing for four more weeks.

3 comments:

Alexis E. said...

This is a great idea! I have an area I'd like to try this as well.

Julie said...

This is brilliant...maybe you can grow it year round this way???

earlysnowdrop said...

We'll see how this experiment goes. I'm quite excited about the prospects of year round lettuce.

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