Unfortunately, only after spring gardening, summer gardening, and fall gardening last year did I realize that I had planted full-sun things in a part-sun location. Maybe you admire my perseverance, or maybe you shake your head at how hard it was for me to figure out what was wrong. (I tend toward the latter. Light. Duh. The most basic requirement for a garden.)
I decided to walk the property every 30 minutes from sunrise to sunset for a day and note the places that had sunlight at those times. (For those of you who care about labels, this is called "sun mapping.")
This led to the discovery that there is only one place in my yard (besides the very front by the road) that I get enough sun to grow tomatoes, eggplants, squash, zucchini and all the other plants that say "summer" to me. The place I had planted my garden last year only gets between five and six hours of sunlight. Argh.
I didn't take pictures of the process of starting over, but here is the finished product.
|Front garden bed with the almost invisible trellis lines. Look|
for the shadow lines on the brick to see the trellis. The area
that has been mulched will be the path I walk to harvest my
Bill Finch of the Mobile Botanical Gardens (Mobile, Alabama) posted this wonderful Plain Garden Planting Cycle for the Mobile area. I don't know if you can read it very well at the link, but it says that tomatoes should be planted as close as possible to the first of March in this area for best production before the sweltering days of summer.
As soon as I get my tomatoes in the ground, I plan to start hardening off my eggplants for transplant to the prepared beds. (Thanks, again, honey. Go take another Aleve.) The Wheel shows the eggplants should be planted abut 2 weeks after the tomatoes, so I will plant them as soon as I get the tomatoes ready to plant.
Joining with Daphne's Dandelions for Harvest Mondays. Go check out what others are planting, harvesting, growing, canning, etc. It's really great fun to see what others are doing. We even have at least one who gardens in Melbourne, Australia. I love to read her posts because it is summer there when it is winter here.