Garden Update - Mid-July 2016Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I did my research and found out about the magical world of shade cloth. As a newbie gardener, I had no idea what it was. Luckily for me, the internet is a very informative place. I was able to order 40% shade cloth from Amazon, and fashion an ugly little canopy for my veggie patch. I thought it would be a while before the garden woke up and started to grow, but it literally took two days to go nuts. TWO DAYS with 40% shade and heat reduction, and everything was jumpstarted. It's been up for 2 weeks now, and all the seedlings are big plants. Blossoms are forming on all the tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, and melon seedlings. The peppers are big and leafy and setting fruit. The beans have been giving me handfuls for a week or two. All the veggie leaves are dark, lush and healthy. The sun comes through the shade cloth but doesn't scorch the plants. Everything is happy.
While the plants are behind on their growth, it looks to me like we may still have a great harvest. It might just be a few weeks later than normal.