Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» SUGA 2017
by SQWIB Today at 4:55 pm

» My first Attempt
by 21Actual Today at 4:25 pm

» Biochar?
by SQWIB Today at 3:24 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Today at 3:19 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by sanderson Today at 2:37 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in January 2018
by Kelejan Today at 2:36 pm

» Newspapers vs Weed Cloth
by sanderson Today at 2:30 pm

» 2018 - First Annual Seed Exchange Week - January 20-28 (Edited)
by sanderson Today at 2:23 pm

» Too Many Red Wiggler Worms in Raised Beds??
by sanderson Today at 2:09 pm

» Is there ever enough compost?
by Kelejan Today at 1:15 pm

» What is this? Plant identification?
by sanderson Today at 3:10 am

» Areogardening
by sanderson Today at 2:38 am

» January 2018 Avatar: Surprise Us
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:51 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2018
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:47 pm

» Are vegetables hurt by too much light?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/20/2018, 8:38 am

» Seed Starting!!
by brianj555 1/19/2018, 9:14 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson 1/19/2018, 2:56 pm

» Weight Watchers Turkey, Bean and Vegetable Chili
by hammock gal 1/19/2018, 8:43 am

» Sow True Seeds
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2018, 8:00 am

» Colored Mulch
by No_Such_Reality 1/18/2018, 7:12 pm

» Taking on 4 Season Gardening
by Roseinarosecity 1/18/2018, 5:19 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2018, 3:53 pm

» Butternut squash, turkey Italian sausage, cannelini bean soup
by yolos 1/17/2018, 9:25 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by yolos 1/17/2018, 9:12 pm

» N&C Midwest—January 2018!!!
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2018, 7:08 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising 1/16/2018, 9:10 pm

» Gophers
by countrynaturals 1/16/2018, 12:32 pm

» High heat tolerant tomatoes
by walshevak 1/16/2018, 6:03 am

» Mid-Atl - Jan 2018 - Brrrrrrrrrr! and Happy New Year
by AtlantaMarie 1/15/2018, 6:43 am

» New England Jan 2018
by hammock gal 1/13/2018, 5:50 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Shade Netting

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Shade Netting

Post  erbarnett on 7/7/2013, 8:46 am

I have a 4x4 SFG in my yard in full sun. I would estimate it gets about eleven hours of direct sun per day, way too much for cool season vegetables according to my research. Too much sun will quickly cause moisture to dissipate from the soil and can cause spotted leaves and premature bolting. 

After having installed a 6 foot by 6 foot shade net with 50% sun protection, I have increased my harvest, probably fourfold. I installed  a dome  structure as pictured on page 73 of Mel's 2006 SFG book, and attached the shade net by clamping it to the PVC pipes with the very large office clips one can buy at any office supply store. The four sides of the netting were secured by running a string from the end of the middle portions, and attaching them to the ground outside the SFG box by means of 4 metal bolts. This allowed a gap at the bottom of about 12 inches all around, to insure proper ventilation. Plants needing pollination, such as pepper plants, are planted in the four corner squares, and can be tied to the PVC poles on the outside with string. I believe that the netting discourages wildlife, as the loose portions of the net flop around in the wind. I have had no problems with cats, birds, or rabbits. I would suspect the netting could afford some protection from high winds and maybe mild frosts. 

The 6x6 netting works fine but a 7 foot by 7 foot netting with 70% sun protection might be even better (depending on your climate).

erbarnett

Male Posts : 75
Join date : 2010-08-19
Location : zone6b,West Virginia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Shade Netting

Post  sanderson on 7/7/2013, 11:14 am

Thanks for the testament.
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 15222
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum