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Too hot for peas?

Droopy pea plant

Reflected heat from the south-facing front of the trailer makes this spot too hot for peas.  The plants grow, but they wilt on sunny afternoons.

On the other hand, the tomatoes in front of the peas and the grape vine on one side are thriving.

It looks like we've found another garden microclimate for our farm.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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We actually found the perfect microclimate for peas here - the east-facing side of our garage. They get 4-5 hours of morning sun then they are shaded from the hottest part of the day on. The vines are a rambly 4 feet tall already. They are just starting to flower and I expect to get peas well into the summer this way.
Comment by Jessie Crowe Thu May 22 15:30:59 2014
You can try to slide some cardboard between the trailer and your fencing material. I also think it's prob. the roof, so maybe you can improvise a sort of row cover over it? Actually, I wonder if you put a hoop house cover over the trailer roof, if it would shade the whole trailer...?
Comment by adrianne Fri May 23 09:44:17 2014

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