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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Garden Plans: Check out the Sun

It’s been 2 years since we’ve had our own garden.  Last year we moved into this house too late to have time for it.  The year before that we were selling our old home and moving several states away.  We really miss the taste (and savings!) of growing and picking our own veggies, so a garden is a priority for us this year.

Our yard is tiny.  But the kiddos are willing to sacrifice some play space.  And hubby is willing to sacrifice some lawn to mow {wink}.

The first thing we did was make a visual record of what kind of sun we get in our backyard (our front yard is all shade all the time).


10 am

Veggies need full sun several hours a day.  I knew that we got lots of sun in our yard, but was a little fuzzy on how many hours and where.  That sticky-outy shadow you see there is from my neighbor’s mobile home, which is parked there most of the time.


11 am

Yes, that really is a sled in my backyard.


You get the idea.  By 1 pm, our entire backyard is in full sun.  But, by 5 pm, the shadow from the western fence has started to spread across the yard.


Having a record of our sunlight will help when planning not only where to put the garden, but also where to place plants that can bear a little shade or easily scorch under direct sun.

What are some of the things you consider when designing your garden?


  1. Looks like you've got a great place to put a garden in! :)

  2. What a great way to see your garden light. I need to take pics of a few spots in my front yard so I can see what's going on.

  3. This is such a good idea! My garden is in full sun all day, but I am trying to use taller plants to shade more delicate ones.


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