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Old May 14, 2017   #1
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Default Poor Man's Shade Paint

I wish someone had shown me this years ago. As soon as the summer temperature begin to approach the 90 degree mark, I throw buckets of mud on the greenhouse plastic. It immediately drops the temperature inside and makes it a lot more comfortable for both my plants and myself. The mud must be re-applied after a heavy rain, but it is quick, easy, and free.
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Necessity is the mother of invention or so they say
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Old May 16, 2017   #3
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Great idea!
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Yeah, you gotta figure out how to market that, lol. Awesome!
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I like all natural freebies. I tied up my Big Beef with a very long strand of my rabbits' hay!
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You know Cole I was thinking about this when I was spraying Surround WP in the coldframe. I bet it would work for shading too. It is used to reduce canopy temps and prevent sunscald so I think it would work. Just wanted to share that. I ordered shade cloth this year so I won't be trying it but figured someone might like to.
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How do you get it up there? Is there an easy way? I am only 5'1" so I am a bit challenged...
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Old May 24, 2017   #8
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I use an empty planting container, dipped into the 5-gallon bucket. A coffee can would work, too.
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I've seen a slurry of flour and water for the same thing.
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Just to throw this out there I bought this https://www.amazon.com/Agfabric-12x2...ds=shade+cloth and it is of high quality and lowered my temps 15 degrees. I only need to shade one side of my mini tunnel so this worked perfectly. It comes with round clips to attach to the cloth that you can then tie with cord to your GH.
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I thought shade fabric looked cheap in my Hummert catalog. Those prices are mostly for unfinished material, without the edges taped and grommets installed. Tape and grommets are actually more than the shade cloth itself.

I just purchased two of the 12x18 Aluminet 45% panels from this link:
http://www.shadeclothstore.com/produ..._dept-172.html

$117, shipping and tax included.

I'm glad I ordered the finished panels. The confirmation email I just got said they ship immediately, but the unfinished material takes 3-4 weeks to ship.
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Very nice. I am going to need some more soon anyway. I think I'm going to cover my hoop trellis in shade cloth as well to make it a bit less stressful for the plants and me!
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I worked at a local flower shop that had a greenhouse when I was in college (really 40 years ago?????) and we mixed lime into a water solution and sprayed on the glass with a trombone sprayer. It too had to be reapplied after a rain, but it seemed to do the trick.
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