Sunny To Shady - Knowledgebase Question

Deleware, NJ
Question by alexz
May 11, 1999
Early in the season I got a patch of ground going and screened rocks, added mulch and all the rest. Now I have planted and the leaves in the trees are coming out.Whack! A sunny spot has turned into a shady spot. What vegetables can I hope to grow? I have arugla, some tomato plants and a Sorrel and a lot of lettuce, beets, and Bush Beans. Will any of these have a chance? Please give me some good news.


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Answer from NGA
May 11, 1999

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The good news is that leafy veggies and some root veggies will tolerate shady conditions. So your lettuce, arugla, sorrel and beets should do just fine. The tomatoes and beans need direct sunlight in order to produce, though, so you may want to plant them in another section of the garden, or in containers on a sunny deck or porch. Give the beans 4-6 hours of sunlight each day and the tomatoes 8-10 hours of direct sunlight for best production. If you're going to continue to use your well prepared new garden plot, concentrate on growing carrots, lettuce, radishes, and cabbage instead of the more demanding tomatoes, peppers and squash.

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