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  •  Cold frames (and hot frames) haven't (1+ / 0-)
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    weck

    really been needed here in the south, but I guess they are now.

    I was wondering if cloches could be adapted for high heat. If a gauze-like fabric were used in place of plastic, could that lower soil temps? Also, could evaporative cooling work with that as well? The only problem is water. We save our air conditioning water to use on plants. It's been a real boon for our dogwood since drought has come again.

    http://westsidegardener.com/...

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:27:54 AM PDT

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    •  You can make a canopy using shade cloth. (4+ / 0-)
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      sillia, weck, QDMacaw, flowerfarmer

      We bought the materials to do that this year, but so far the heat hasn't  been that bad in my area. Who knows what next year will be like though.

      I keep milk cartons and 2 liter bottles around with the bottoms cut out for cloches to protect from unexpected frosts. They are easy to put on small plants. On larger ones like Tomatoes in cages, you can wrap plastic around a tomato cage, or mulch short plants with straw and then cover with plastic sheets.

      Be sure and role everything back up when you are throw, otherwise a nominally warm sun will cook your plants in the plastic once day time heating occurs.

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