Saturday, 29 January 2011

Our New and Improved, Shade Structure made completely from Recycled Materials

New & Improved Shade House-2

We usually drape shade cloth from our trees when Adelaide temperatures heat up to 40 degrees Celsius.

So with 42 degrees forecast for tomorrow, this morning was spent erecting an efficient shade structure.

Last week a friend dropped off a 3 metre by 4 metre gazebo frame destined for the tip.

After a bit of experimenting with the pieces we eventually had the gazebo frame in place to provide support for the shade cloth over our unusually shaped veggie garden.

Well at the end of the day I can say our veggies were protected from the scorching sun.  Bees still feasted on the flowering plants, there was good air circulation and tomatoes ripened in the warm shade.

Our usual system was clumsy, hard to get under and far too humid.

This new and improved version is fantastic, we just hope it does not leave the Plains here for a flight to the Hills if the famous Adelaide gully winds pick up.


Kate said...

Wow Maggie, what a huge improvement. I am sure it will be better for plants and people, unless it takes off!
People here will be sweltering tomorrow too.... its going to be 27! Maybe my tomatoes will start ripening. Its been a very cool summer so far.

africanaussie said...

That looks lovely Maggie - very professional!