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Is this shade too much? Keeping new arugula from bolting...

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 9:12 pm
by paulnjgarden
Hi everyone,

Newbie home gardener, but well aware that arugula does not like super hot direct sun. It's in the mid-80s now here in NJ, so I'd like to keep some newly (~2 wks) transplanted arugula from getting too hot.

I built this shade out of PVC & black ground cover fabric- is the fabric providing TOO much shade here?

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Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 9:45 pm
by gumbo2176
I looks like it is giving too much shade to me. I think most folks use something a bit lighter in color to help reflect the heat and filter the sunlight. That stuff looks pretty heavy. Others will be along shortly to add their opinions.

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 11:53 pm
by paulnjgarden
Thanks- I'll get some mulch!

It's actually not plastic- it's just black landscape fabric (like this: [url][/url])

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 1:59 pm
by jal_ut
I don't know if there is a way to keep plants from bolting. It is the mission of plants to make seed. I don't know if they need so many heat units like corn, to mature, but suspect this to be the case. Perhaps they need so much time? I don't really know. At any rate they will bolt when it is time, and when they decide to send up a seed spike, not much we can do about it. The best thing to do is plant a few seeds every week if you want a continous supply of fresh greens.