April 19, 2011

Sun-Loving Veggies

When planning your garden, it's important to plan around the sun. Keep an eye on your garden and notice which area receives the most sun. A general rule of thumb is if your plant produces fruit (such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers) they need the most sun (8 hours a day). If they are leafy or are root based plants they can tolerate less sun throughout the day. So plan accordingly!

Require the most sun (8 hours)
1. Melons
2. Tomato
3. Squash
4. Pepper
5. Eggplant
6. Cucumbers
7. Corn
8. Beans

Partial shade (6 hours)
1. Peas (although the more sun, the sweeter they taste!) 
2. Potatoes
3. Carrots
4. Beets
5. Broccoli
6. Cabbage
7. Basil
8. Strawberries

Require the least amount of sun (2-4 hours
1. Most herbs
2. Lettuce
3. Chives
4. Kale
5. Pak Choi
6. Spinach
7. Swiss chard

I usually grow sun loving vegetables in pots, that way I can move the pots around as the sun moves throughout the day! I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy.

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1 comment:

  1. Love this post; always wanted someone to just break it down for me!


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