Successful Backyard Gardening in Sun and Shade

Successful Backyard Gardening in Sun and Shade

basket full of vegetables

Successful Backyard Gardening in Sun and Shade. Have you ever wondered if your plants are getting enough sun or shade while growing? I have decided to make things a bit simpler for you. Some plants do better in shade, partial sun, or full sun. So let’s start with the most common plants I have on my website.

partial sun with jalapenos in planters growing on balcony

Garden plants that need Full Sun

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Melons
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pumpkins
  • Green Beans
  • Stevia
  • Echinacea
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Any hot peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Basil
  • Tarragon
  • Lavender
  • Chives

Garden plants that need Partial Sun

  • Cabbage
  • Beets
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Turnips
  • Radish
  • Leek
  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Rutabaga
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Leafy Greens
  • Spinach
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Raspberries

Garden plants that need Partial Shade

  • Kale (depends on climate)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Swiss Chard
  • Brussel Sprouts (depends on climate)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Endive
  • Bok Choi
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Peas

Climate For Successful Backyard Gardening in Sun and Shade

The climate does matter for some places like Alberta compared to Ontario where in Ontario we have hot humid weather and in Alberta, the climate is dry and cooler. So it will vary from place to place. A good rule of thumb is that most delicate plants like leafy greens prefer 6 hours or less a day. They can also do very well in filtered sunlight.

Plants and Sun or Shade Requirements

Full Sun requires at least 6 hours a day. The sun must be shining directly on them for that period of time. Partial Sun or Partial Shade is plants that can receive 3- 6 hours a day of sun. Full Shade is fewer than 3 hours of direct sunlight on them a day.

Planning Backyard Gardening in Sun and Shade

One thing I love about containers is you can move them easily around the yard when you see them not reacting well to the sun or shade. If you notice longer stems or branched out herbs. You may want to move them to see where they will thrive best. It took me almost 4 years to get it right in my own garden. So read the seed packages and place them where they suggest.

Successful Backyard Gardening in Sun and Shade includes Climate

Climates are important. My references are referring to Ontario Canada which is hot and humid. Sun can be bright for half the day and cloudy but hot the next. It is actually challenging sometimes on knowing just the right spot for every plant.

Written by
Our Busy Bee
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