Plants that are grown during warm weather, such as leafy greens, need more access to sunlight because their soil and extensive root systems benefit from these conditions. Some of these plants include Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, Melons, Cucumbers and Beans. These plants and vegetables require 6-8 hours per day of sunlight and due to their tender nature they are not very tolerant to shade.
Meanwhile, semi-hardy or hardy crops such as Broccoli, Carrots, Radishes, Beets, Turnips and Potatoes can grow in partial shade and will grow with less sunlight because they can adapt to colder temperatures.
The most hardy and shade tolerant vegetables will thrive on 3-4 hours of direct sunlight and include plants such as Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Asian Greens, Parsley and Cabbage.
Check out the easy ‘cheat sheet’ below as a reverence guide.