Keeping Crops Cool During Hot Weather: 13 Ways to Beat the Heat

Tips on keeping crops cool during hot weather. Hot summer sun can be hard on garden plants and their roots. If watering and mulching are not doing enough to keep your plants cool enough to continue producing, consider shading the plants or at least their roots. Late summer also is the time to plant your fall-producing crops, such as spinach, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, beets and radishes.

Learn about keeping crops cool during hot weather. Some plants stop flowering and setting fruit when temperatures soar. To keep them cool, use old screens, lattice and sheets to shade vulnerable mature plants from the effects of mid-summer sun. Cover new seedlings with opaque covers to protect them from the sun until their roots are established.
Learn about keeping crops cool during hot weather. Some plants stop flowering and setting fruit when temperatures soar. To keep them cool, use old screens, lattice and sheets to shade vulnerable mature plants from the effects of mid-summer sun. Cover new seedlings with opaque covers to protect them from the sun until their roots are established.
Illustration by Elayne Sears