Low light conditions: Green beans?

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  1. drewskimac

    drewskimac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    During the excitement of garden time quickly approaching, I sowed 90 commodore green bean seeds into an area of the garden that I just today realized was rather low-sunlight. I don't know the hours for sure, but today I will put my little garden monitor out there to tell me. So, I what can I do to increase the production/health of these plants? Reflective mulch? Cutting off low hanging limbs of the trees near them? Any advice is much appreciated, I would hate to have to till up these guys and start over. Thanks!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    Ideally, you need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight but you can get by with 6. I have siting issues because of so many big trees.
    Other than cutting trees or trimming them, nothing else would work. Grow lights in the garden? Not feasible.
     
  3. drewskimac

    drewskimac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your reply =) I will check how much light it gets over the next few days and replant elsewhere if I can find room... Any ideas for what I can plant in the low light area? I might even try transplanting... i've done it with bush beans before, and it worked fine for me.
     
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    Very few fruits and vegetables do well in shade. Some herbs and spring greens, mesclun type stuff, perhaps carrots.

    I spent a year monitoring sunlight patterns here before I sited my garden. It is still a struggle but most is between 6 and 8 hours. The entire property is huge 100+ year old trees.
     
  5. lazy gardener

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    Agreed, cut down those trees. An other issue... if you have tree shade, you most likely have roots robbing nutrient from your garden soil. Of course, we all don't have the option to cut down all of the trees... you could container or hay bale plant the sun lovers. Shade tolerant plants (they will live and grow in less than full sunlight, but won't grow as well if they were given full sun) include brassicas, greens.
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Great information about tree roots robbing nutrients.

    Also, as was said, shade tolerant, drought tolerant and other tolerant things - well. I tolerate annoying people but doesn't mean I should be around them. Same with 'tolerant' plants.
     
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    You gave me the first smile of the day!
     
  8. drewskimac

    drewskimac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha! Thanks for the replies... I've decided that I am just going to leave them be considering I don't have anything else I care to plant there.... I have 90 seeds sowed there, so, if I get 1 bean from each plant i'll call it a success , lol.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    I think you'll get some. Do you know how many hours of sun hits the ground there?
    Flowering in many plants requires sunlight. Flowers turn into beans after they've been pollenated.
     
  10. drewskimac

    drewskimac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea on the hours :/ I tried to place my little garden monitor out there yesterday to measure the light but the website that reads the information on the monitor is no longer running...
    # irritating
     

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