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RE: Cooling plants with mist?


When little, dad purchased a single fan and plugged it into a living room
window and blocked off the airflow around it.  Then he went around the house
opening the windows only 1 1/2" in each bedroom.  We would all sleep in
front of a window on top of the sheets to get cool enough for sleep as the
moving air circulated over us.   I'll bet mom and dad would have tried the
wet cloth over the windows had they known that might help!  

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 3:45 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cooling plants with mist?

During "hot spells," my mother used to hang flannel sheets on the outside of
open windows and hose them down. We couldn't afford fans, so we had to rely
on some kind of ambient temperature exchange to cool the house.

On Jul 15, 2006, at 3:23 PM, Bonnie Holmes wrote:

> BA...people used to hang up wet sheets and let fans blow through 
> them...especially at night during the high heat of summer...it worked 
> to cool you enough to fall asleep.
>
>
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Christopher P. Lindsey <lindsey@mallorn.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 7/15/2006 2:33:05 PM
>> Subject: [CHAT] Cooling plants with mist?
>>
>> Have any of you out there tried using misters to lower temperatures 
>> around your house or plants?
>>
>> I'm looking at misters that produce tiny water droplets (like 10 
>> microns or so) -- the principle behind them is that the evaporate 
>> almost
> instantly,
>> carrying away the heat.  Supposedly they can lower the temperature in 
>> an area by as much as 20 degrees, and they evaporate quickly enough 
>> that water never reaches plants or people.  It's kind of the same 
>> principle as a swamp cooler.
>>
>> I'm thinking of setting some up over the plants that aren't as happy 
>> in hot weather, like hosta.  Do you think it would help in this hot 
>> weather?
>>
>> Chris
>>
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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