Thursday, April 19, 2012
Preparing for the Unexpected
I'm not sure what this year's summer will bring in terms of high temperatures, but I'm preparing for the worst. I can't build any large, elaborate structures to help keep the plants cool, the wind will knock down anything too big, plus I live in a rental so whatever I make must be removable, so instead I focused on smaller fixes.
To help keep the soil and water cool I painted the containers white to reduce heat retention.
I also built platforms out of some old bookshelves to raise the larger containers off the roof. The black tar roof gets ridiculously hot in the summer. Raising the containers off the roof will reduce the amount of heat that passes from the roof to the pots.
I've been considering shade cloth, but I'm not sure how I could effectively implement it on the roof, assuming the wind just doesn't pick it up and sweep it away. I thought I could just drape it over the plants, but I've read the cloth shouldn't touch the plants. I need to think about this some more.
Some birds have been lingering near the garden so I bought some bird netting in case they get daring. If squirrels return I'll upgrade to chicken wire.
All that's left to do is add mulch, fertilizer and stakes/cages. And plants of course!
How's your garden prep going?
Bird Netting: $9.94
Landscape Fabric Pins: $10.50
4 Cans of Paint for Plastic: $21.73
Soil & Perlite: $48.04
2012 Running Total: $166.40