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05/04/2014 at 18:31

Thinking about creating  a veg garden is north facing.  Would this be a none starter??

05/04/2014 at 18:44

No it'll be fine, there's quite a few veg you can grow out of direct sun - I used to have a very shady North facing inner city back yard and I grew Swiss chard, runner beans, french beans, tomatoes in pots which used to get moved around to get the best sunshine, carrots, beetroot and courgettes.  Gooseberries and rhubarb are quite happy in a bit of shade.  

Unless your garden is totally surrounded by high buildings you'll be surprised how much sunlight it gets in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky 

05/04/2014 at 21:36

Correct as usual Dove. North facing garden here but more importantly very little if any shade.

05/04/2014 at 21:42

My neighbours garden is north facing (mine is south facing) and they get little sun late Oct- early Mar but come June/July there garden can get sun longer than me due to fencing etc.

05/04/2014 at 21:52

Thanks me some hope 

08/05/2014 at 15:23

I read above comments, helpful. I am thinking of buying a house, but its north facing back garden in central Scotland.  I would love to have a bit of a veg patch (grew potatoes,peas, lettuce last yr and loved it). And nice colourful plants and a sunny area to relax and enjoy my garden- is a north facing garden ( trees from nature reserve at bottom of garden and garage and potting shed on west facing side of garden) make my hopes unachievable?..

08/05/2014 at 15:35

My entire veg plot is to the north of my house but most of it gets sun in summer when the sun is higgh over the house and it gets sun before 9am and after 3pm between the équinoxes in March and September as there are no neighbouring buildings or trees.

I grow a wide range of stuff including pumpkins in the sunniest bed and have rhubarb and strawberries in beds that get no direct sun from September to March..  

Redcurrants don't need full sun and you can also grow crops like kale, salad leaves and Chinese greens. 

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