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Canada
February 24, 2007 10:42pm CST
Any advice on how to plant the garden? I want part of my garden to be veggies and the rest of it to be flowers. What to plant in a garden that gets a large amount of afternoon sun? Would love some ideas from experience gardeners.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
I think your in zone 4. Im in zone 5 in alaska. So i would think you are in 3-4. Anyway large amounts of sun, carrots, potatos, radishes, lettus, pea pods, those all grow REALLY well with lots of sun. As for flowers. a very easy one that loves sun is african diasys, they open with the sun and close with shade. pansys, lobelia ( upright not trailing) begoina and geraniums do well with lots of light. Hope that gave you a few ideas.
• Canada
25 Feb 07
It really helps. Thanks for the ideas. Now I'd have to figure out where to put everything. It's a fair size garden, so there's room for a lot of stuff.
• United States
25 Feb 07
Hi, For veggies cherry tomatoes in containers and other tomatoes in ground are most suitable. Besides you can plant cucumber,squash,eggplant,okra etc. You can start sowing the seeds indoors now if you are in zone 5 but for other zones or specification of varieties go to www.burpee.com. I purchase seeds from there and each seed gives healthy plant. for flowers don't forget to plant marigolds. besides daisy,sunflower, daffodil bulbs are good in my opinion.
• Canada
25 Feb 07
Thanks for the response, but I live in Canada, and can't determine which zone I'd be in. I still haven't been able to figure out how to convert the temperatures. We get down to about -20C in the middle of winter if it's really cold. Other than that, I don't know much about it. Half of the veggies you suggested I don't eat. I love cucumber, and green pepper, but that's about it. So I'm not sure what else I could plant.
• United States
8 Mar 07
The North part of the property. Watch for trees that will bloom and be ground shade. Most all vegetable want/need full sun which is 6-8 direct sun light. Put your cucumbers on a outside row, squash and zuchinni as well, they tend to want to grow out and won't use up what space you have or cover other plants. Leave the middle for your tall plants. When plants get about shoulder high cut them so they will start getting getting bushy instead of tall, they will produce more also. A good fertilizer is also recommended. Not much on flowers, except flowering vegetables. Because when you see a bloom that is where the next creation will be. Good Luck
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
3 Mar 07
A spot that gets alot of sun at least 6 hours is perfect for gardening. I plant my annual flowers with my vegetables. For pollination increasing and often they are companion plants that will reduce the chance of pests invading. Certain vegetables will get along better with certain flowers by their side. Gardening is alot of fun and you can indeed learn something new every year. So good luck and have lots of fun.