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Do garden vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers require sun protection,(shade), during the hot part of summer?

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Vegetables such as tomatoes will benefit from some shade during the hot part of the summer in a desert climate. Indirect sunlight or filtered works fine. Keep in mind that in order for tomatoes to set fruit you will need to lower the temperature around the plants. Shade will help with this. Also, you may consider using some mister nozzles over the plants and run them at brief intervals in late afternoon.

Posted on 21 Jan 2009

Rick Heflebower
Horticulture Agent, Washington County

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