SUSTAINABLE GARDEN: “Know Your Sun”

Know your Sun in the Garden

It’s a good idea to know your sun. It's recommend monitoring your garden beds every hour, from 9AM to 5PM to determine how much sun or shade your garden receives. It’s also best to do this during times specific plants are growing. Daffodils, for example, grow and flower best in full sun, yet they do well under the canopy of a deciduous tree. If you base the amount of sun in that bed during the summer, you would fail to recognise that the area under the canopy will be sunny in spring when the bulbs are blooming, and before the tree leaves out.

 

Although determining if a location will meet your plant’s sun requirements is not an exact science, it will give you a good idea of each garden area’s situation. When you go plant shopping, know what plants grow where, making better purchasing choices

in short we can classify as follows  Shade Garden Area means 1- 4 hrs of sun light, Partial Shade Garden Area 4- 6 hrs of sun light and Sun Garden Area 6+hrs of sun light. also keep in mind that watering the Garden also depends on the area, a area in shade would require less water than an area in sun.

  • Full Sun: Fun sun means 6 full hours of direct sunlight. Those six hours could be from 8 – 3 or 12 – 6; anytime during the day. These hours can also be three morning hours, plus three afternoon hours.
  • Partial Sun / Partial Shade: These two terms are often interchangeable to mean 3-6 hours of sunlight each day. While the terms are interchangeable, there is a default understanding. Partial shade typically refers to morning and early afternoon sun, while a plant listed as partial sun, relief from the intense late afternoon sun is needed. This shade could be from a structure or the shade from an old oak tree.
  • Dappled Sun: Dappled sunlight is favourite kind of sun. Dapple sun is similar to partial shade. The plants are getting partial sun as it makes it’s way through the branches of a deciduous tree. Woodland plants and under plantings, even for many mosses, prefer dappled sunlight more so than partial shade. "Agro Shade Net also provide for a Dappled Sun.
  • Full Shade: Full shade means less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, best if it’s morning light. But even in the absence of direct sunlight, full shade can be a bright light. Plus, full shade likes a filtered sunlight the remainder of the day. Every plant needs some sun; even those that thrive in full shade.

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