Return to the Gardening in Shade Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Shade or Soil???

Posted by brissl PA (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 14, 14 at 13:42

I'm new to this forum so please bear with me but I'm looking for some advice. My garden plot receives about 6 hours direct sun minimum during the Summer and when I first planted it, it I grew a fairly good crop of peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and squash. I've been grinding leaves into the plot in the Fall and mulching with straw in the Spring after I set my plants out. For the past few years, I still grow a good squash crop and the cucumbers produce well for three weeks or so but the peppers and tomatoes don't do so well. From all that I've read, I need a lot of sun for all of these crops but the exposure hasn't changed, so any guesses concerning what I'm doing wrong?
Thank you all in advance for any assistance you may be able to provide.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Shade or Soil???

A friend digs in manure every year after the tomato plants die and reuses the same spot. Has good crops.

Summers here have become cooler and tomatoes not doing as well as 5 years ago. I think I'm going to research cultivars for cool summer areas.

RE: Shade or Soil???

You might ask the same question under
Edible Gardens
Growing Tomatoes

I'm pretty new, but there's a wealth of information from long-time gardeners. Sometimes it's finding the right forum.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Gardening in Shade Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here