Many gardeners are afraid of using garden shade netting in their own gardens. Conventional wisdom suggests that your plants need as much sunlight as possible to complete photosynthesis. And while we are not going to dispute the fact that plants need sunlight to survive and even thrive, there are certainly situations in which shade can be quite beneficial.
One of the most obvious uses of shade netting for garden productivity is in the more desert-like areas of the country. Hot arid climates can provide nice spring, fall, and winter growing conditions, but often make a summer garden quite difficult. Only the hardiest of vegetables can survive the scorching heat of the deserts. Individuals in these areas could find some creative and productive uses for shade netting in their gardens.
Another great way to use garden shades is for cold crops that you would like to last further into the summer months. There is nothing better than fresh greens to add to your newly ripened tomato plants. Other vegetables such as peas or beans may actually enjoy some respite from the heat of the sun.
One of the challenges many people have when attempting to plant a fall garden is that their seedlings struggle in the heat of the summer sun. More often than not, the heat is simply too much for the young seeds to take. It is difficult to keep them properly cooled and moist. A great way to cool the air around these new plants is by implementing some shade from a cover.
You may also find that your transplants thrive with a little shade during the first couple days of planting. The plant has enough of a challenge adapting to the new environment. Cooling them with a garden shade net can help to harden them to their new soil and give the roots a chance to establish themselves.
Garden shade netting comes in a variety of different styles and materials. Common materials used for production are nylon, saran, plastic, and polypropylene. These range in price and durability, but ultimately do the same thing. When purchasing, also note the degree of shading the particular netting provides. Certain weaves will provide more sunlight through, while others are designed for greater cooling.
Regardless of your previous hang-ups over garden shade netting, we are confident that you can find creative and exciting ways to implement some shade into your home garden. Using shade to your advantage will only enhance your gardening experience and provide you with a more fulfilling and productive garden.