Quality of sunlight through glass?
I've got a pretty big vegetable garden on my west-facing condo balcony, and July/August are generally 30+ degrees (86+ in Fahrenheit) - prime growing time.
We've just been notified that they'll be doing extensive work on the building, and we'll have to have everything off our balcony for an unknown amount of time, which by the sound of it could be up to 4 weeks, starting soon.
My question is this: is the quality of sunlight *through* glass anywhere near what direct sunlight's is? Obviously plants in greenhouses do pretty well, but I know my plants do way better outside in the sun than in the window, unless that's just my perception.
What I'm growing are: peppers, eggplants, potatoes, carrots, basil, parsley, oregano, beans, and chives. I also have peas and lettuce out there which were to be screened to not have super-direct sun when it gets real hot.
My plan is to set up shelving inside the window so the plants will have residual sun from morning, and direct sunshine from about 2pm on. They will get strong heat in the window (curtain will be 'inside' the room around them), but we'll have the a/c inside so we can control the amount of heat. I don't yet know if there will be any of that green 'netting' covering the side of the building, but there's none set up so fingers crossed.
Thoughts on if this is worth trying? Or will the plants not get what they'll need? I feel crushed right now after all the hard work that's gone into growing all these guys from seed for the last 4 months, and am hoping to not have to give them all away. :(