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  1. Ralph ⋅

    What is the sun like in that spot, there’s no obvious shadow in the picture to guess from. At a garden podcast’s suggestion I watched the sun in the yard last year, the way it changed through the day and over the weeks. Having some interest in sundials I’ve been ‘keeping an eye’ on the sun for a while. The trees complicate it some, but I have a pretty good idea of the sun and am going to try putting that to advantage this year.

    I have a tall fence on the south side of the garden and will try planting lettuce there since it doesn’t like too much heat. Tomatoes will go on the north side where there is early morning, some mid day, and late afternoon sun. The trees block the hottest sun around noon.

    If anyone doesn’t know the compass directions where they are (northern hemisphere only) and don’t have a compass, just wait until the sun is high in the sky around noon- it won’t be straight up. Don’t look directly into the sun, but the direction it is in will be pretty close to south. The old saying about the sun rising in the east and setting in the west works too (also for the moon and planets), except it’s actually somewhat south-east and south-west. Many streets (not all) are laid out lined up with compass directions, so once you have an idea of where north is your street may be a good marker. If you can find it, the north star will work, and if you’re lucky enough to have a properly aligned sundial in your area, the part that throws the shadow (gnomon) on the dial is exactly aligned with earth’s axis making the noon mark exactly north, 6:00AM pointing exactly west, and 6:00PM pointing exactly east.

    Even if not needed for the garden, the above will point you in the right direction if you’re lost- the good old way before GPS.

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