Vegetable Gardening
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Is it possible to reflect sunlight back onto veggies?

Zone Paso Robles, California 93446 | Ksteele77 added on May 13, 2019 | Answered

My backyard is surrounded by some very large trees (most of which aren't even located on this property) which makes it so that no one area gets a good amount of direct sunlight during the day. And believe me that my veggie garden is certainly suffering because of it! Hardly anything reaches full maturity to yield a good crop, if any at all, before the growing season is over! Very frustrating! The location my raised beds are in is basically the best spot they could be in, so moving their location would be pointless. But that specific area only gets minimal direct full sun for a rather limited time during the day. Before and after that time frame it seems various spots all around that area will be getting some direct sun light for a time, but it's just a smidgen too far away to have any benefit to my garden plants. So close, yet so far away.... So, what I am wondering is if there is any type of reflective product that can be used in order to direct some of that sunlight that is just beyond the planters and, for lack of a better way of putting it, basically indirectly provide direct sunlight onto my veggies? Not sure if that will even make sense to anyone else but me, but I figured it never hurts to ask! Thank you in advance to any suggestions or inquiries made in order to help me find an answer to my unusual question.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on May 14, 2019

I'm sorry but we are not aware of any type of product that would reflect sunlight outdoors for your garden.
Perhaps your community has public garden space that you could use.
This is a great alternative for people who do not have the right conditions or space for gardening.
Here are some articles for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/shade-vegetables.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/urban/community-garden-information.htm

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