Shade cloth is given a percentage rating, which denotes its level of light penetration. A 100-percent-rated cloth blocks all sun. Select a percentage that's appropriate for the plants you're growing. A 30-percent cloth is appropriate for sun-loving plants. Most vegetables enjoy a 47-percent cloth, while shade-loving plants do well in 73-percent cloth.
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