Added by on 2018-07-21

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you the best shade cloth he has found that will reflect the suns rays to keep your plants cooler and provide some shade for your garden in the intense desert sun. In this episode, you will learn about reflective shade cloth aka aluminet shade cloth and how it may help your plants to photosynthesis more if you are growing plants in the desert. You will discover why your plants might shut down during the middle of the day if you are growing vegetables in the desert. Next, John will do a light test (lux) to see how much sunlight there is in full sun with no shade cloth, under the 40% aluminet shade cloth, and under a black 40% shade cloth. John will also perform temperature testing of the ground and plant leaves under full sun, 40% aluminet shade cloth and under 40% black shade cloth. John will share his opinions about using shade cloth in the desert and why it may be beneficial. You will learn about the specific reflective shade cloth John purchased and how to get it for the lowest price. You will learn why you should purchase finished aluminet shade cloth with pre-installed grommets. Finally, John will share his final thoughts on using a shade cloth to help your plants grow better in the summertime and reduce sunburn on your fruits. Jump to the following parts of this episode 01:44 Shade Cloth vs No Shade Cloth 04:30 Problems with Black Shade Cloth 04:55 Aluminet Shade Cloth 05:35 How Photosynthesis works 09:17 Problems with Growing in the desert 10:00 Buy a GYG Tee Shirt at http://compassion-tees.com/ 10:39 Full Sun Lux and Temperature Test 12:32 Problems with Growing in Full Sun 13:12 Aluminet Lux and Temperature Test 14:46 Black Shade Cloth Lux and […]

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  • Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens 2 months ago

    Jump to the following parts of this episode
    01:44 Shade Cloth vs No Shade Cloth
    04:30 Problems with Black Shade Cloth
    04:55 Aluminet Shade Cloth
    05:35 How Photosynthesis works
    09:17 Problems with Growing in the desert
    10:00 Buy a GYG Tee Shirt at http://compassion-tees.com/
    10:39 Full Sun Lux and Temperature Test
    12:32 Problems with Growing in Full Sun
    13:12 Aluminet Lux and Temperature Test
    14:46 Black Shade Cloth Lux and Temperature Test
    16:38 Summary of Testing
    20:30 Aluminet Cloth I Purchased – Real vs Chinese Knockoff
    23:45 My New Aluminet Shade Cloth Installed
    25:14 Get the Aluminet with Grommets installed
    26:49 Some Plants May not need shade cloth
    27:44 Experiment
    28:02 What I would do if I had more time

  • Robbie and Gary 2 months ago

    So far this summer, we have our gardens growing well, even in 117 degrees without shade cloth. I put up tips and ideas for our viewers too, thanks for all you do! You got us started, so we too are spreading the word on growing lots of our own foods, thanks again!

  • Jeff Jones 2 months ago

    Aluminet – took you long enough LOL

  • Jerman559 2 months ago

    lol, you must have lived in a nice area in California. I live in Visalia (Southern Valley) and its always going over 100 degrees, day in and day out.

  • Neznisgip 2 months ago

    The netting can also save your crop from large hail stones.

  • wizard1955 2 months ago

    I have used several brands of aluminized shade cloth over the years over greenhouses in hot Summer. The main issue / problem I have had is that the aluminum coating on the polypropelene starts flaking off in very small particles when the cloth is handled or moved. Need to wear a dust mask when installing and removing after the first season of use. It may or may not do this when brand new just out of the package. The aluminized cloth definitely reflects more heat energy for hot desert growing, and lasts just as long as regular shade cloth, BUT with flecks of the aluminum coating continually flaking off.

  • rcarver 2 months ago

    Thanks for the science. You can't argue with facts.

  • McCoy's Oak Hill Farm 2 months ago

    Great video John and interesting tools! I guess I have never completely bought into the idea that sun loving plants need to be in the sun all the time and vice versa. Sun damaged plants can recover if given some protection and a chance to recover. A person just needs to access the damage on the plant. I saved a bunch of plants at a greenhouse many years ago now with that thought. 🙂
    I have found even here in Minnesota we need some shade cloth in the summer. Being outside a lot in the sun to me seems to be way more intense the later few years here than it has been in the past. I know there are different levels of shade cloth. I have seen trees, plants, etc have burned leaves and I live in rural area. It doesn't it hurt to experiment and start out with lower percent of shade cloth. 🙂

  • ghiagoo - War Robots 2 months ago

    Thanks for the post. Never heard of the product. I’m not in the desert. But it turns out I can use this for covering my car. A small one would be good in your survival supplies in the trunk. Protect you from sun exposure if you break down or get lost

  • Ekan Thomason 2 months ago

    I live east of Tucson and have a hoop house that I grow in. Last year I bought 40% Svensson Solaro to protect from the sun. Esthetics mean a lot to me and this product is beautiful as well as functional. We had a hail storm yesterday and I believe it even saved the plastic underneath it from damage. So far, I love it.
    It is black on one side and white on the other.
    • Highly reflective white side limits light and heat transmission for more efficient greenhouse shading during the day.
    • When the temperature drops at night, black side helps reduce radiated heat loss.

  • Hans Koch 2 months ago

    I wonder if 80% is too high for garden

  • nenuzshack 2 months ago

    I would like to know where i can get Collard trees

  • christmanandre 2 months ago

    please don't give everyone the idea California has only beautiful weather, where i'm from in Cali (Moreno Valley) all summer is 105+ starting in April and usually ending in October.

  • Hans Koch 2 months ago

    nice idea for my roof deck garden it will also help keep the house cool as well ! https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1779/3033/files/Aluminet2-1024x675_1280x_crop_center.jpg

  • biospheres 2 months ago

    I use shade cloth to keep pests away. deer, rabbits. poachers etc..even tho some rats chew through it / also monsoon rains w/intense wind are reduced by shade cloth…and hail which will wipe out a crop in minutes…on and on and on….and being able to retract it and double up with cable and pulleys. A bit pricey but with this climate change indispensable if you are a serious grower……"that being said"
    keep up the good work John

  • Guess whos growing 2 months ago

    I think your videos are great i learn lots everytime. Thanks. The time stamps are good too

  • Brenda Shults 2 months ago

    Great show. As ive discovered this year in Texas, full sun does not mean full heat! My watermelons are even crying this yr!

  • BetterYouBetterWorld V 2 months ago

    the best shade cloth is a fruit tree i try to tell ya

  • Barbara Jones 2 months ago

    way to go