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Prepare Your Greenhouse for Summer

If you have a greenhouse, you'll want to get it ready for summer. Greenhouses are a great way to protect tender plants in the winter. But in summer, temperatures inside Florida greenhouses can get very hot, creating poor growing conditions for some plants.

Some greenhouses have ridge vents or sidewall vents that you can open to increase air flow. If you have a soft-sided greenhouse, you may be able to roll up the side panels.

Another traditional technique is to create shade, either by stretching shade-cloth across the roof or by applying special shade paint that's safe for your greenhouse.

An effective but more expensive option is to install an active cooling system, like a fan and pad evaporative system or a fog cooling system that sprays a fine mist.

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