Answer: Some veggies will be happy with only 4-6 hours of sun but for tomatoes, squash, peppers and melons, a minimum of 8 hours a day is necessary. If you grow root veggies or those that do not flower such as lettuces, cabbage, spinach, etc. 4-6 hours is fine. Since you have lawn in the area already you'll want to slice through it with a shovel to facilitate good drainage before you layer your cardboard or folded newspapers over the area (to suffocate the grass). On top of this you can add compost, shredded leaves, etc. to build up the bed for planting. Best wishes with your new garden!
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