insulation sleeves for buckets.
I have a self watering bucket system. This will be my second season. I encountered a few problems that I need to iron out before spring. Right now I am trying to tackle the problem with superheated soil.
I had a pepper plant that died late in the season last year. I noticed as I uprooted the plant that the soil in the bucket was almost too hot to touch. The soil was moist, the wicking system was working, but it was so hot I couldn't imagine anything growing in it. I have a 20 bucket system and this particular bucket was at the end of a row therefore took the full brunt of the evening sun on a 100Ã¯Â¿Â½ + day. It had not even the slightest bit of shade to protect it. I know the other buckets in the system heated up as well but probably not near as much as the end buckets because they found shade from other buckets or surrounding vegetation. I believe (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that my garden will benefit from having protection from the scorching sun. This year I have decided to make sleeves or jackets to cover the buckets and hopefully keep the soil cooler. This may not be an issue where you are from but here we can go on week after week stretches of over 100Ã¯Â¿Â½s and I believe this problem of superheated soil is a major reason why my garden failed last year.
How you can help:
Have any of you experienced the same problem?
If so, how did you remedy it? What materials did you use?
Premeditated objection resolutions:
Some of you might say, "Just move the buckets D-bag!" Well before you say that, they can't be moved.
Others may suggest, "plant flowers at the base of the buckets or something." My response would be that the soil in this spot is not good for growing. Also, planting "ground dwelling" plants will require additional watering. I'm trying to establish a drought tolerant garden, I'd prefer to not have to water "ground dwellers."
I am looking forward to your response.