So, I'm getting so much production out of these beds I'm going to have to cover them up to slow them down! Or, at least keep the 105f sun off them for the next few months.
This has pretty much been "peak" for me the last few years. Peak meaning in the next two weeks, growth will slow down, the squash bugs will invade, things will die from the heat and neglect because I don't want to go out into the searing sun here. I don't know how the people in Phoenix, or even Vegas do it! It's not quite as bad here, but still. Respect to them.
Anyhow, just documenting the progress. It's really been amazing so far. I've had about a dozen ripe tomatoes so far, and I'm guessing have close to a thousand ripening on the vines. It's just crazy. I grab neighbors and make them hold an open bag, and I just start shoving stuff in it. Planted dozens of sweet potato slips in places where I could. Put out a bunch of peppers, but they're not doing great so far. Not sure how the shade cloth will affect their growth. If I can get 1/10 of the already on the vine tomatoes to ripen, it will be twice as good as any year before this. I never have had luck with tomatoes. Like I said in the posts above, I'm single stemming and doing the "lower and lean" greenhouse technique. One plant looks like it might die, but everything else looks great. I really need to top off all the beds with a layer of fresh compost. I expected them to settle more than they have so far, so they're pretty much within an inch or so of the top of the bed. The sparrows have torn up the chard, but so far not much cabbage moth damage. I expect I'll be seeing tons of them flying in shortly. Also, something really nice this year. With the exception of one dino kale plant I've seen no aphids in the garden. My native desert willow trees got infested with them this year, but almost nothing on any of the greens. Very few on the fruit trees too, normally I'd be worried about all the damage, and be pressure hosing them off by now.
The shade cloth I got off Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010US4P66/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It got good reviews. I paid $60 total for the two sheets. Each sheet is 10' X 20'. It covers six of the beds completely, but the seventh at the end is not covered. It's 40% shade, and black.
The frame is just cheap electrical conduit. I welded some of it, and screwed some of it. I wanted to be able to unscrew it if I needed to take it apart. (for when the beds fall apart/need repair)
I just put the shade cloth up this morning. I'm really hoping it keeps things in the sub 95f range for the next few months.
Lot's more pictures.