What are some good ways to keep the hot sun off vegetables?

@lrdl3535 (153)
United States
August 13, 2012 5:29pm CST
I have a lot of vegetables growing in my garden. They grow very well most of the time. But August and September nearly kill half of my plants. They are well watered but the direct sun is a major issue for them. What are some good ways to keep the hot sun off of them?
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@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
13 Aug 12
Just transfer them in a shaded area. Another option but it will really cost too much is by putting simple greenhouse on the plant. Installation of nets or anything that help filter the sunlight to prevent directly exposing the plants can help.
@lrdl3535 (153)
• United States
21 Aug 12
Thanks,I did move some of them to the shade. But the rest are to big to move this year. I'm also trying to come up with a way so I won't have to move them next year. I am considering some kind of shade or shelter to put over them just not sure yet what.
• Philippines
22 Aug 12
Just a simple net will do. This is just to screen of the sun's rays making it indirectly hitting the plants.
17 Aug 12
You might try spray water on the plants a few times a day. If it is not enough to protect the vegetables from the Sun then try and build a net over the garden with poles in either ends. Then try to grow some vegetables that quickly grow and can climb on all over the net. Your vegetables under the net will still get the heat from the Sun but it will not harm it anyway. Alternatively put paper on the top pf the net.
@lrdl3535 (153)
• United States
21 Aug 12
Growing the plants on a net sounds like a good idea. I don't think this would blow away in the wind. That is if I can plant the right things to weight it down enough. Thanks for the advice.
@celticeagle (120398)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Aug 12
I mist mine occasionally and also put newspaper over the plants during the heat of the day. I can't plant where I am now so having hanging plants and I can move them to the other side of the house where the sun is direct after they have had enough sun for the day.
@lrdl3535 (153)
• United States
21 Aug 12
Thanks,The mist sounds like a good idea and I might try it. But I would have to pass on the newspaper it wouldn't last very long. Our slight breeze would blow it away quickly.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
13 Aug 12
Haw about building a tent (with no side of course) out of dark netting? The sun would still filter through but the plants would get some shade and heat relief. You could put a post at either end, hand chicken wire and then lay the netting over the chicken wire.
@lrdl3535 (153)
• United States
21 Aug 12
Thanks, This is one of the things that I have considered. But we also have high winds with gusts of 60 miles an hour. So it is one that I'm not to sure would work out.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
23 Aug 12
You have to create shade for them. Find a way to use cloth or lattice or something that lets in less sun during the part of the day when they see the most sun. Shade will also reduce the temperature somewhat, which may give them additional relief.