Soil Temperature Problems in the Deck Container Gardens

Soil Temperature Problems Start Arising in the Deck Container Gardens…

I asked the County Extension Agent to visit one day and help me find out what might be holding back the growth of my plants in the deck container gardens. The typical summer temperatures in Texas in the Summer range from 80 in the morning to well over 100 in the afternoon. The County Extension Agent thought that the soil temperature may be too hot from the reflected sunlight heating up the sides of the deck containers.

I purchased a soil thermometer from Amazon to test the soil temperature in the deck container gardens.

Deck-Container-Soil-Thermometer

I measured the temperature of the soil in the deck container gardens and the temperature at 6PM was 104 degrees.

Raised Garden Soil Thermometer

I measured the temperature of the soil in the raised deck container gardens and the temperature at 6PM was 82 degrees.

It is clear that I need some way to shade or cool the soil for the deck container gardens to be successful.

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