Mid-summer’s heat can be brutal on plants in the vegetable garden. To help protect the plants that don’t do well in heat, we plant a hanging gourd garden that grows over the western-most bed in the vegetable garden.
Gourds are super easy to grow and provide shade and cooler temperatures so we can grow cool season crops like lettuce and cilantro even in the dog days of summer.
Bonus: We get lots of gourds in autumn too!
Hanging Garden Photos
Bowl and Bottle Gourds
Gourd Garden – Day
Gourd Garden – Night
For other ideas for garden shade, check out this post.