Now vegetables like sun, some even like a lot of sun. But then there’s Paraguayan sun. Most vegetables (and what else we grow in that field) don’t really get too warm with the Paraguayan sun, causing them to get a sunburn or stop growing.
Our goal: Protecting our plants with a self built shade.
We had no idea of this when removed the tarmac and planted our first salad and pineapple. Thus we found out the hard way. Yeah, I’m serious here. It’s heartbreaking to hear your veggies moan for sun lotion everyday. Pretty expensive (they use a lot!). And counterproductive. You see, I’m online playing a Rocket League Soccer match, it’s 7:7, 30 seconds on the clock, and then you hear moaning from outside. Not lust, pain. Think of a nice torture movie and you get the picture).
We got the idea to build a “media sombra”, or half-shade, from the ICRC. To explain, tt’s basically a colored net you place a couple of meters over the plants like a roof. Only this roof lets through half of the light. Half the light here is more sunlight than Europe has in a year 🙁 )
We bought black net and ordered some tree trunks. Tree trunks, destined to become the media-sombra-scaffold.Continue reading