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Shade cloth for lettuce

Posted by cablestarman 6a (cablestarman@gmail.com) on
Sat, Jun 8, 13 at 1:12

Does anybody have experience using shade cover for lettuce to prevent bolting? I plan on purchasing some shade cloth to use this summer, but I am not sure what shade percentage to get. The ones I'm looking at go from 50-80% Also, what is the proper height to have it above the lettuce and secure it?

Thanks,
Dave


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RE: Shade cloth for lettuce

I haven't done shade cloth for lettuce, but over peppers, so similar. Mostly you don't want it touching the foliage. I made some hoops out of pvc (the thin, flexible kind used for drinking water lines) and drilled some holes in some larger scraps of 2x4 (nailed into makeshift square frames) and used those to hold up the cloth. Some people make stakes out of rebar and slide hoops over those instead. We had lumber on hand, not rebar, so...


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RE: Shade cloth for lettuce

I have never thought of shade cloth for peppers. We had probably our hottest spring and summer last year and my peppers were productive - bells, jalapenos. The lettuce bolted pretty quickly and I had them thickly mulched and kept them moist. So far, this year has been cool and wet- peppers and tomatoes not growing much, lettuce is doing great.

Dave


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RE: Shade cloth for lettuce

I shaded the peppers through the highest heat- they can get extra spicy otherwise. It seemed to work, the previous year without shade yielded some peppers that were too much for us! Lettuce is a spring and fall thing here, pretty good this spring down here, too.


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