What can I grow in 4-6 hours of direct sunlight?

Asked April 13, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

I'm building my first veg garden but unfortunately I don't have any space on my property that is exposed to 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. I'm struggling to find clear info on what I can and cant' grow. I'd be fine with smaller yields if that was the only down side. Please help.

Washington County Oregon fruits and vegetables home gardening horticulture

1 Response

Hello and thank you for asking about where to place your vegetable garden. In general, leafy vegetables like lettuce will grow in less light, while fruiting plants such as tomatoes usually need the 6+ hours recommended.
Something to remember as you make planting plans is how the angle of the sun changes with the seasons here in Oregon. You need the hours of direct sunlight in the growing season, not right now in early April. For example, I have a spot that is shaded by the house much of the day from October until May. For the summer, though, there is plenty of sun and short-season tomatoes do fine there.
Here are a couple of fine resources about gardening in this area, and they include links to other publications. One is from the Clackamas County Master Gardeners, titled "Starting Your Vegetable Garden" http://www.cmastergardeners.org/10-Minute%20University/documents/StartingYourVegetableGarden2011.pdf
The other is from Oregon State University Extension Service, EC 871, "Vegetable Gardening in Oregon" http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/18635/ec871.pdf
There is always some trial and error with gardening, as you learn your exact climate, sun patterns, and soil conditions. I wish you the best.