Shade Gardening

Hours of Sunlight Needed for Vegetables

Anonymous added on May 15, 2011 | Answered

I have a small plot for my vegetable garden in my backyard. It only gets about 5 or 6 hours of sunlight a day due to the shade from my house. Can I plant any vegetables or herbs that require that few hours of sunlight a day?

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Answered on May 16, 2011

Most vegetable plants will grow in an area that gets 5-6 hours of sun. They may not grow as large as plants who get more sun, but 5 hours is the minimum for vegetables to be able to produce a worthwhile crop. So, I think you can plant anything you like there. But there are some veggies that do best in that light condition. These include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and spinach.

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