much sun does your garden really need?
Vegetables prefer a full day of sun, but if you live
in a shady suburb you don't have to give up the idea of growing
vegetables. Here are some minimum sunlight requirements:
* Fruiting Vegetables - 8 hours of sun This includes
tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and vine crops such as cucumbers,
melons, and squash.
* Root Vegetables - 6 hours of sun Carrots, beets,
* Leafy Vegetables - 4 hours of sun These are your "greens" such
as lettuce, spinach and collards.
*Keep in mind that these are minimums. Increasing
the amount of sunlight your vegetables receive will increase the
yield and quality of your crop.
*Even though your vegetables may get enough light
when planted near a tree, they will not get enough nourishment
and water. Vegetables can't compete with an established tree for
essential nutrients and moisture.