Terrace on North Side of Courtyard

merryp(9)January 26, 2014

Hello! I am moving to Barcelona, Spain and would like to grow as many vegetables as possible on my terrace. My question: What will and won't be possible for a nice vegetable and herb garden lasting as long as possible?

The the apartment I most love has a sizable terrace which is oriented northwest in the large courtyard for block buildings. I am told it has:
- 6 hours of direct sun from 1 pm to 7 pm in the summer months, June-September
- 4 hours direct sun in the late spring and early autumn
- 2 hours direct sun in the early spring or late autumn.
- No direct sun for 3-4 months (November-February).
The photo above was taken in December.

I am relatively new to urban gardening, having previously grown in the ground on the south side of my home in Michigan, with a much more limited growing season than I will have in Barcelona. I have read much on container gardening, but I am having trouble determining how limited I will be by the sun conditions for this north facing terrace.

Will I do alright, or should I strongly consider waiting for an apartment with a south facing terrace so that I can produce more food in more months? Thanks!

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That sounds like a pretty acceptable amount of sun to me. My garden faces north due to the location of our house, and I have not had a problem producing plenty of edibles. While I certainly don't have experience with your latitude, I'd go for it and see what you get, especially with the shade loving plants like lettuce. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 6:55PM
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