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tions near buildings and fences that cast long shadows. Particularly stay away from trees and shrubs that not only cast shade, but whose roots also remove moisture and nutrients from the soil. If you are in doubt about the amount of light the spot will get, grow lettuce, parsley or some other leafy vegetable that can get by with a little less sun. Happy Gardening!

bles such as eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes on the patio in containers. There are now even compact varieties of cucumbers that can be grown in small spaces. Check the descriptions in the seed catalogs or on the back of the seed packet to see how much space they require. Finally, use your flower beds to grow vegetables. There is no rule that says you can’t grow vegetables in a flower border. Some can make attractive additions. In selecting a site for vegetables, make sure that they will get sunlight. Most plants require six hours of full sun per day. Remember when planning a garden to avoid loca-

Marc Teffeau retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda.


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