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Question: I moved from a house to an apartement. Used to grow all my veggies in the ground. How do I best go about growing tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and herbs, etc., in pots? My patio is exposed to the north - sunshine is limited...thank you

Answer: Most vegetables will adapt to growing in containers but limited sunshine can be a real challenge. The general rule of thumb is a minimum of 8 hours sunlight for warm-season veggies such as tomatoes, squash and sunflowers. You might be able to cheat a bit, but you'll double your odds of a good harvest if you choose varieties bred for short-season regions. These plants require less heat to mature. Try Early Girl or Best Boy tomatoes, Jack-Be-Little or Lumina pumpkins, Sure Thing or Roly Poly Hybrid zucchini, and Aztec Gold sunflowers. Or you can grow shade tolerant veggies such as lettuces, radishes and carrots. Good luck with your garden!

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