Pretty Burlap Greenhouse Shades
Post author: Heidi at mysweetcottage.com
I still love the Sunglo greenhouse that my husband, Chris, assembled last fall.
And, since I’m new to greenhouse gardening in general, I’m still learning new things about it.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Because of the excellent south-facing location we chose for the greenhouse and the early spring we’ve been having this year, the fan in the greenhouse has been working overtime. The plants and seeds I started inside have been getting a little too much of some good things – namely heat and sun.
My darling greenhouse is just doing what it’s supposed to do, and it came with a shade cloth for the exterior that we realized we should install pronto for just these kinds of conditions.
A Lighter Shade of . . . Shade
Maybe I was just being naïve, but it seemed to me to be a little early in the year to install the shade cloth. In the Pacific Northwest, the weather can turn on a dime, and we might still be faced with days of clouds, rain, and general gloominess.
So I started thinking about ways to get some light-duty shade. Something I could install on the inside of the greenhouse that would allow filtered light and bring the temperature down just a few degrees.
At the fabric store, I ran across that good old standby, burlap. And burlap is sometimes used in orchards and plantations to shade crops but still provide filtered light. Perfect.
I chose this soft, pretty burlap.
Shading on the Curve
So now we had a new challenge: How to turn the burlap into shades that would curve with the wall of the greenhouse.
I decided I would leave the ceiling of the greenhouse un-shaded since most of the sunlight comes in from the south-facing wall. So I would shade the curved wall down to the upper shelf. That way, plants that needed it could be placed on the lower shelf and still get direct sunlight.
But how to make a shade fit the curve. At first I thought we (and by “we,” I mean Chris) could install an upper rod to suspend the shades, and then a second rod farther down on the curve. The shades would then be tucked behind the second rod so they would follow the line of the curve.
But we both hated the thought of drilling a lot of big holes and….
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