I have been container gardening vegetables, greens, and fruit with moderate success for a few years now, but just moved to a house with a yard and am excited to start planting in the ground! However, I'm unsure how much sun to plan for. My yard is southeast facing, but in this season is unfortunately mostly shade except in the early morning. The yard is surrounded by a fence and bordered on the west side by the next-door house, which blocks the sun as it rises. However, I realize the sun will be higher in the sky in the spring and summer and I wonder if there's a way to predict or calculate whether it will clear the house and shine onto my yard.
I know the best way to do this would be to simply observe the yard throughout the seasons and make maps of the sun/shade patterns throughout the day, but I'd really love to garden this year, especially because this is a rental and there's no guarantee of how long I will be here.
We do have a sunny concrete area beside the house where I could grow vegetables and other sun-loving plants in pots, but I'd really like to plant in the yard if possible.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions you may have!