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Post  Jenniferaugust on 2/21/2012, 4:26 pm

Hi everyone
I am a newbie (to the SFG, not gardening) I am getting overwhelmed (in a good way) about planning my new gardens!

I am interested in doing the trellis vine melons and squash, leaning a trellis back on a fence... can I plant something UNDER it or will it be TOO shady?

I have a lot of partly shady parts in parts of the back yard- and am in the DC area- are you having success with SFG in shadier areas?

Finally, are there templates anywhere on here that people have used for 4x4 with LOTS of different plants? I know some things are companion plants, etc..
Thanks a bunch!
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Post  sfg4uKim on 2/21/2012, 5:53 pm

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Post  snibb on 2/21/2012, 6:00 pm

Kim...I will purposely plant things that shade my garden. It makes it a little easier to grow some of the things that I like to grow in warmer weather, like lettuce, that have a hard time germinating in weather that's 80 or 85 degrees. I will also deliberately put my tomato towers in different places to cause shade. I don't necessarily put them on the north side because we like garden lettuce all summer and not just in the cooler months. This does cool it down a little bit. It doesn't do our family much good when we have all those tomatoes ready to go with no more salad greens coming out of the garden...that's my two cents.
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Post  walshevak on 2/21/2012, 6:40 pm

Interesting thing about shade. A lot depends on where you are and how hot it is. Last year my son moved all the pots of tomatos and peppers (normally considererd warm weather, full sun plants) into an area of medium shade from noon to sundown when the temps got so crazy hot. Tomatos still didn't do well, but the peppers thrived. Then after the weather broke, he moved them back into the sun. Picked the last of the peppers over Christmas (crazy winter this year). Moved one habenero pepper into a plastic greenhouse and darned if the thing didn't bloom. Has fully ripened bb sized peppers on it right now and one 1" pepper that we picked last week.

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Post  snibb on 2/21/2012, 6:53 pm

That is kind of nuts....
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Post  quiltbea on 2/21/2012, 8:27 pm

snibb.....If you like lettuce with your tomatoes, just transplant one under the northwest edge of each tomato. They'll grow just find in the dappled sunlight with more shade than sun from the branches. I start mine in the coldframe and transplant beneath larger plants.
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Post  littlejo on 2/21/2012, 11:42 pm

I live in a much hotter climate than DC. ,so, I put my whole garden under a big pine tree. The plants get sun for a few hours only, as sun moves around the tree.

You could try cool/shade loving plants under the trellis--lettuce, spinach.
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