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What counts as full sun?

Hi. We've just cleared a big area of our garden for a vege patch then realised it doesn't get sun until about 1pm because of a big old tree in the way.... doh! Once the tree is out the way it gets full sun as we're a south facing garden. I can't get my head around what counts as full sun. Is it hours of sun in the middle of winter or the middle of June because that obviously makes a massive difference.... will we be ok or should we try and get rid of the tree first? Thanks 


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,505
    I would say you need to look at how much sun you get when your vegetables are in the ground. There wont be much there in winter.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,352
    "I can't get my head around what counts as full sun."

    Who can? It seems all very vague to me. "Partial shade" is also a pretty hopeless term. Full sun, in my garden, means "as much sun as I've got, on a good day, in summer, around 1pm".
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    Usually it means at least 6 hours of sun in summer. Some veggies would prefer more but if it is what you have, they will be fine.
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,206
    Sort of like..... sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon or vice versa. Partial shade:  perhaps in a sunny spot but shaded by fence, trees, shrubs at certain times of the day.  Hope this helps.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • janntimsonjanntimson Posts: 54
    Thanks. Hubby has hacked down a few of the tree branches that seem to be making the problem worse and we may get a tree surgeon to come do the rest when lockdown  is lifted as I think itll make a massive difference. In the meantime I've chucked some potatoes in as we have seeds and they'll go to waste if we don't plant soon.... whats the worst that could happen? 🤷‍♀️
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,206
    That you'll have to eat pasta with your roast dinner!!!
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    My veg plot has one end that meets the definition of full sun and gets cooked most of the day. The other end is nearer the house and from about 2-3 in the afternoon the shadow grows over the entire plot. It's never made the slightest bit of difference with most veg that is rotated around the beds, potatoes do fine at either end or in the middle. Something like tomatoes where we run a gauntlet of growing and ripening in time in the UK, I would be more picky and go for the sunniest spot possible.
  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    There is also a difference between sunlight and sunshine. Sunshine is directly in the path of the full on blazing sun, the kind that will make things bolt. Sunlight is bright light, without direct shade, but without the sun directly hitting it. Many plants want full sunlight, fewer want full sunshine.
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