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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: diffuse the direct sunlight in the glasshouse Reply with quote

Hi everyone. I am anticipating having a go at planting tomatoes again this year. I have come to the conclusion though that both the tunnel and the little glasshouse I have are too hot for the toms and the leaves get scorched every year. Has anyone come up with a way of reducing the amount of direct sun coming into the greenhouse. Am thinking of trying to stick newsprint up on the roof lights. If anyone has any ideas I would like to hear them Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen light versions of a white wash painted on in the past.
For a temporary diffuser you could also string up some windbreak netting as shade cloth.
On a small scall project I have also seen folks use the spray-on glass frosting that you can get in a lot of large hardware/diy stores......... some may call it snow spray.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

years ago when i had a plastic greenhouse it was suggested to me to use calomile lotion(not sure on spelling but the stuff you use for sunburn,uk anyway) or milk of magnesium,the milky stuff.i did and it works and can be washed off easily enough.i've recently bought apoly/greenhouse that has the green webbing through it that blocks it out.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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years ago when i had a plastic greenhouse it was suggested to me to use calomile lotion(not sure on spelling but the stuff you use for sunburn,uk anyway) or milk of magnesium,the milky stuff.i did and it works and can be washed off easily enough.i've recently bought apoly/greenhouse that has the green webbing through it that blocks it out.


Good one.
A flour and water mix would even work, but there may be mould issues with the flour.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for your replies folks. After I submitted the post to the forum I spent about an hour on the net looking for a product that would do the job. The magic search word was "SHADING". When I used this word I found some answers. I settled on one called "coolglass shading" from Homebase. Cost about €6 and comes in sachet form. You make up 1/4 litre with water and simply paint on the outside of house. I read some reviewas and they were positive. Here's hoping I can finally grow some toms successfully.
Thanks again,
John

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