Determining sunlight



Determining sunlight

Bottomless_Pit | | Aug 16, 2010 07:12 PM

I've been in an energetic mood lately and decided I wanted to step up my garden a little. My tomatoes in my double dug garden bed are wilting today, a cloudy day. The tomatoes got rain from clouds and the container tomatoes are doing way better. The major difference between the containers and beds is the containers get much more sun. Therefore, I've started the process of evaluating how much sun I get.

Today, I helped cut the top off the tree in the perimeter of my garden. Most of the tree branches were over top of my tomatoes. I can see more light hitting my tomatoes now. My question is how much sunlight is enough? I don't want to cut down every tree in my backyard. The sun rises in the east so I'm assuming priority would be as follows.

1. Branches over head or in close proximity to the garden.
2. Tree branches blocking the eastern or morning sun.
3. Tree branches blocking the western sun
4. Tree branches blocking the after noon sun.

I'm not even sure cutting down every tree would be good for the garden. I've read in Starter Vegetable Gardens by Barbara Pleasant that "leafy vegetables need shade to protect from the scorching sun." My quote might not be exact. I'm just not sure what a leafy vegetable is, are tomatoes a leafy vegetable?

I've read 10 hours or more of direct sunlight for tomatoes, but the above words have no meaning to me. What is direct sunlight? How do you determine how many hours of sunlight my tomatoes get vs veggies that are adjacent?

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