QUESTION: Is 6 hours of sun enough for a vegetable garden? There aren’t any parts of my property that are sunnier. — Michael S.
ANSWER: You’re in luck! There are many vegetables you can grow in six hours of sunlight. Six hours of direct sunshine each day qualifies as the minimal amount of “full sun,” so look for this language in planting instructions or on seed packets. You’ll find that many of the veggie plants that grow the fastest fall into this category. That means you’ll be able to grow a productive vegetable garden and start seeing the rewards really quickly.
Here’s a list of some commonly grown vegetables that you can grow in full sun.
- Beans (both bush or climbing beans and pole beans)
- Peppers (bell peppers, cayenne peppers, ghost peppers, habanero peppers, jalapeno peppers, paprika peppers, serrano peppers, Tabasco peppers
- Summer squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter squash
No matter which of the vegetables on this list you choose to plant, you’ll have no problem tending a successful veggie garden on your property. You’ll find that a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day, or “full sun,” is right in the sweet spot for lots of plants, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.