Hanging gardens are a great way to provide shade in the heat of summer

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

For other ideas for garden shade, check out this post.

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.