A-Z Gardening in Zone 3-4

For the organic gardner struggling in the short season climate

Shade

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When starting a garden, especially a vegetable garden, you need to make sure that nearby trees do not pose a shade threat. Before starting on your garden plot you need to know where the sun shines.  It is very important to watch where the sun shines at various times during the day to make sure that your garden will receive full sun all day. When planting trees around your yard you need to remember that many years down the road those trees my impact your gardens by shading them.

The past few years my cauliflower and broccoli did not produce large heads like they used to and my butternut squash were small and there were not many of them. One day I was looking around my garden and realized that several trees had grown to a very large size were shading my vegetable garden. It was then I realized that shade was my problem,. That summer two trees that were about 60 feet tall and almost as wide were taken down and used for fire wood and chipped for mulch. We planted these trees over forty years ago, I hated to see them go but my garden is a priority. The next growing season my vegetables were again large and beautiful and abundant.

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Author: tbenkovitz

I have been gardening for over 50 years, 38 of them as an organic gardener in the short season climate of upstate New York.

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