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GardenChisme: Best Locations to Grow Veggie Plants

Living in Southern California, my biggest problem has been keeping plants safe from being sunburned. Yes, it happens!! The plant that has shocked me the most in the process of being sunburned has been my Aloe Vera plants! I thought the sun was perfect for these plants who, for the most part, really enjoy the sun. When it started dying, I had to do more research and I realized the sun was too harsh in the afternoon, so I found a place that caught the morning sun but then became a shaded area in the afternoon. I had to really study my backyard and see how long the sun set in certain areas before 1 pm.

On the other hand, it is to no one’s surprise that I have harder time growing plants that require cooler temperatures.

I do my best to provided all of my plants their most ideal growing environment. Sometimes, it is almost impossible but I do what I can. I have not found a plant that I simply cannot grow yet. As long as I pay attention to their needs and do a little research, I have been able to keep my plants alive and happy! Most important to me is that I did not buy these at a store, I grew them at home!

Here is a list I have compiled of where certain plants grow best:


  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Oregano
  • Summer Savory
  • Aloe Vera
  • Lettuce


  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Chamomile
  • Leeks


  • Spinach
  • Brussel Sprouts


  • Please make sure to do a little research and get to know the environment you live in. If your sun is too harsh, you need to find a place where they can get sun but without it being direct. This means you can put up your own shade or find a shaded area under a tree.
  • Check on your plants daily. Always try to check on them at least once a day. I try to check them two to three times a day. In the morning, I check to see if the place they have been overnight has been good or bad for them. At noon, I check the plants again to make sure they are not wilting for lack of sun or too much sun exposure. Then, at night, I sometimes check on them one more time to make sure no animals have been eating them or if they need to go into my greenhouse if it too cold.

We hope this helps! Let us know what has worked and hasn’t worked for you. We would love to hear from you!

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