We have a small garden and have recently built raised beds in every
available space for the purpose of growing our own vegetables.
Unfortunatly 75% of the beds never see the sun due to surrounding
buildings. What type of veg can we grow that does not need direct sun
> We have a small garden and have recently built raised beds in every
> available space for the purpose of growing our own vegetables.
> Unfortunatly 75% of the beds never see the sun due to surrounding
> buildings. What type of veg can we grow that does not need direct sun
> light? Have you tried painting walls a lightish colour? This does help.
google "vegetable partial sun" brings up quite a bit, including the
Also think about trellising. Going "up" may increase sun exposure.
Container gardening may be a possiblity as well...move about as
needed. Containers on walls or fences. Experiment.
As someone else suggested - trellis. Also ample use of aluminum foil under
the plants tod reflect what light is available upward.
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If the space really nevers gets direct sun, then any kind of harvest
is going to be a problem. The plants need sun directly on the leaves
to provide the energy to grow the veg. In my small garden, it's
amazing the difference between those spots that get sun most of the
day and those that are shaded.
The garden books say that vegetables need 6 hours of DIRECT sun a day.
You can grow some with as little as 3 hours of DIRECT sun per day but
you would have to research that. If I don't have at least 3 to 4 hours
of direct sun per day, I don't even both planting the seeds. I will be
disappointed by spindley little plants that never produce anything. My
recommendation is to search out a spot that does get direct sun or go
to the roofs or decks of the high buildings and plant in pots. Sorry -
Jim in So. California
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