Make a Shade Structure for New Baby Plants

My mom has beautiful Spanish Lavender growing in her front yard. About a month before we reached peak summer temperatures in Vegas, my mom noticed that there were new Spanish Lavender plants sprouting in the landscaping. Lucky for me, she let me have some of these baby lavenders, and I planted them in my backyard.

But I was worried. My backyard gets a lot of sun during the day. I didn’t want the baby lavender plants to burn up and die. I wanted to cover them without smothering them and keeping any sunlight from reaching them.

Here’s what I came up with.

I searched around the house and noticed that I had a large pile of empty plant containers stacking up in the garage.

I cut out openings on two sides of the pot and a small opening for the drip irrigation head.


Then, I added a rock to the top to keep the wind from blowing it down.

So far, it’s working pretty well. I have survivors, and they’ve grown a bit bigger. Once our temperatures start to drop, I will permanently remove this cover,  and cross my fingers that the plants survive.

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A teacher writing about local happenings, school adventures, intriguing books, desert gardening, and whatever else she stumbles upon that needs sharing.
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