Last year when I visited the organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on Devon the farm manager at the time mentioned that growing on the roof posed several challenges. The rooftop farm is exposed to full sun and it gets very hot up there. This year, while planning the garden on the back porch I remembered that conversation and have picked vegetables and herbs for a sunny garden. The back porch gets pretty much full sun throughout the day. There is also the sun that bounces off the vinyl siding and surrounding buildings. Space is also limited and I have to carefully select the plants I'm growing there because they will be growing in containers. Here is a list of vegetables and herbs that I recommend for a sunny garden based on what I've grown there in the past and some research.
Vegetables and Herbs for a Sunny Garden
Vegetables that produce fruits require 6-8 hours of sun so they make perfect candidates for growing on my back porch. This shouldn't be considered a complete list, I may add more sun-loving veggies and herbs if I visit any of the plant sales around Chicago in May (see link on right) or come across something interesting at a garden center in Chicago. Hopefully this list will give a newbie gardener in Chicago and idea of what they can grow in a similar setting. If you have a favorite I didn't include in my list of vegetables and herbs for a sunny garden, feel free to add them in the comments.