Tomatoes – Shade vs Sun

I started my tomatoes from seed in the spring.  I planted about 18 plants in the garden, gave away as many as I could, and still had a few left.  I don’t know about you, but it hurts my feelings to throw good plants away.  So I found a home for them.  Admittedly, it was not a great home, but at least I got them in the ground to give them a fighting chance.  There were quite a few problems with the area I planted them.  First, it is up against the side of my house.  I don’t have gutters, so when it rains they get pounded by water.  Second, they get less than the recommended 6 to 8 hours of full sun, they get maybe 3 or 4 with most of that being filtered sun.  And lastly, and most importantly, the soil was 100%  fill dirt, which here is 100% sand.  I added about 1/4 bag of organic compost to each hole as I planted them, apologized a little to them for their less then great conditions, and that was that.

One of the two beds planted with tomatoes. Extra tomatoes in pot to the right.

Great looking tomatoes about 5 or 6 weeks ago.

Here we are in July and I’ve gotten rid of all but one tomato plant in the garden.  The tomatoes on the side of the house are still going.  They have not been as productive as the garden tomatoes, but they taste great.   And even though they don’t look great, their a lot better then dead.

The last tomato plant standing in the garden. I’d say it’s near death.

Tomato on the side of house.  I need taller stakes.

So what is  my take aways from this?  If you have a lot of shade in your yard go ahead plant tomatoes.  But, do try to give them better soil then I did.  If you have areas of your garden that gets a bit of shade, put your tomatoes there.


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2 Responses to Tomatoes – Shade vs Sun

  1. Carole says:

    Looks like you’ve been blessed with a green thumb. In looking at your pics, next year I’d suggest that you cut off the lower branches. I’ve been told that they pick up disease from the ground and pass it up to the higher leaves.

    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks for the tip. I am starting some more tomatoes now for my second summer garden. I will try this on them, when they get big enough.

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