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I live in zone 7b in Tulsa, OK.  Weather is crazy here.. it's 82F and well my lettuce really dislike that.  I planted them in full sun.. ooops.   Should I have perhaps planted them along the west fence so they are shaded from afternoon sun?  I wonder how long I can extend their season here doing that.  Perhaps I might need the help of a tree as well?  I really like lettuce and ideally I could grow it year round.. but as ya know itgets 105F here some times.
 
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What about using shade cloth? Curtis Stone (also known as the urban farmer - he's on youtube and also has a book out) has a video about growing lettuce in a hot and humid area by using shade cloth and also cooling the lettuce by watering a couple of times/day. Also, the variety of lettuce matters.
A bit of work for one's own lettuce enjoyment, but if the enjoyment is great enough, it may be worth it. :-)

Here is the video I am talking about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWbArzUCZu0



 
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What about planting them in the shade of something that climbs?

Runner beans spring to mind. There is a bean frame design that would be ideal. Do a search for "munty frame".

The brean grow up and over a framework, following strings. You can plant the bed beneath the framework with salad plants that prefer a cooler/shaded location like lettuce.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:What about planting them in the shade of something that climbs?

Runner beans spring to mind. There is a bean frame design that would be ideal. Do a search for "munty frame".

The brean grow up and over a framework, following strings. You can plant the bed beneath the framework with salad plants that prefer a cooler/shaded location like lettuce.



I have 4' x 4' beds.  So are you saying the last row of square feet on the west side would be good for the climbing crops?   That way the lettuce is shaded from afternoon sun?

Or should the climbing row be on teh south side of the 4' x 4' bed?  That way lettuce is shaded from mid day sun?
 
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Neither. Did you look for images of Munty Frames?

 
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Michael Cox wrote:Neither. Did you look for images of Munty Frames?



I had never heard of these frames and did a bit of research. Interesting, and simple to put together, too. The timing of this is wonderful since I am planning to grow a lot of runner beans this year and the Munty frame looks like a great way to set them up and make harvesting them nice and easy, too. Thanks for posting about it!
 
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The only thing is I heard that the kentucky wonder beans don't like the heat either so I was going to plant them on west fence this spring.   Which type of green beans enjoy 100F heat?
 
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