Readers' Top 10 Gardening Mistakes
Mistake 7: Not Giving Plants Enough Sun
"I planted tomatoes on the east side of my backyard. They bloomed, and then the flowers would fall off. According to friends,
tomatoes need the morning sun, which was blocked by my fence. Who knew?"
Tomatoes are sun worshipers that thrive in direct sunlight. The plants need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight, says Soler. Similarly, vegetable plants such as chiles and eggplants and most herbs should be planted in the sunniest part of your yard. Others, like lettuces and peas, can stand to be in shady areas.