shaded garden

And I have enlisted any object that can shade. Here I have a patio umbrella, a good swathe of burlap and a scrap of shadecloth. My garden is tucked into a warm corner of my property and gets intense west sun so when it heats up like this, my thin, loose soil just doesn’t do it. I constantly amend the soil with organic matter, but it seems I cannot make it more moisture retentive. For the most part, the soil works for what I like to grow, but right now, after a very dry spring and now this heat wave, it’s a struggle keeping some plants alive. I’ve abandoned the peas and lettuce but I am not giving up on the potatoes, beans and potted tomatoes.

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