I'm searching information on how to shade my beds from the mid-summer sun heat. Google only shows me shading clothes (which is plastic) and pergolas with vines. I remember to have seen in some YouTube video a permaculture garden where the lady used a trellis with some vines for shading. This trellis was tilted south, supported by two sticks, so in winter it allowed sun to reach the plants, and in summer it provided partial shading, in addition to the vines losing the leafs in winter. The same effect as in a house porch.
I don't think I can grow vines yet, but I'd like to know shading strategies for those of you who are in warm to hot climates which do not involve plastic or waiting for a tree to grow tall enough.
You can plant whatever quick growing vines you have on a trellis, plan it out with sticks and a blanket or sheet to see where the shade will fall (keep in mind seasonal sun range). Here we have chayote, which will cover a structure almost immediately, but you may have climbing beans or other vines that may do well (malabar spinach...). Passionfruit and bougainvillea take a bit longer but also do the job.
You also don't have to use gardener shade cloth. You can whatever fabric you have and can support. I've used leftover fabric from my sewing collection to shade things. Of course this depends on how much shade you need and how much space to cover, but even old sheets will work.
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