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.