Answer: Pruning the lower branches from your spruce trees will open the area to greater light and air circulation. Just make the cuts as clean as possible, and don't leave stubs that will be prone to decay. There's a branch collar where each branch meets the trunk. It's a slightly raised or flared area. Cut the branches off just at the collar so the tree can close over and heal the wounds. Your veggie garden should be productive in 8 hours of direct sunlight. You'll have best results if you avoid long-season crops like melons and corn that demand more sunshine than you can provide. Instead, concentrate on leaf and root crops like lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes, plus tomatoes, beans, peas and strawberries.
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