Friday, July 29, 2016

Shade Tolerant Vegetables, Fruits, and Greens for Your Garden or Patio Pot

Photo: AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS March,1913


VEGETABLES AND EDIBLES THAT GROW IN THE SHADE
(4-6 HOURS OF SUN PER DAY)
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • swiss chard
  • endive
  • sorrel
  • watercress
  • arugula
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • endive
  • corn salad
  • escarole
  • horseradish
  • kohlrabi
  • brussels sprouts
  • radicchio
  • turnips for greens
  • mustard greens
  • radishes
  • collards
  • mesclun
  • scallions muscatine grapes
  • alpine strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • currants
  • gooseberries
  • rhubarb
  • mint
  • chervil
  • coriander / cilantro
  • parsley
  • basil
  • angelica
  • catnip
  • chives
  • lemon balm
  • lovage
  • valerian
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • peas
  • beans (bush)
  • beets
  • turnips
  • rutabaga
  • leeks
  • onions
  • sweet potatoes
  • garlic
  • green onions
  • peas
  • celery
  • radishes
  • rutabaga
  • swiss chard
  • turnips
  • kohlrabi
  • endive
  • arugula
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • sugar peas

Many who wish to grow some of their own food are challenged by shady conditions whether it be on their patios or in their yards. In urban spaces which can be small and affected by shadows cast by tall buildings, this is especially a problem. Morning sun is most ideal if you are confronted with a lack of full sun in your growing space. While part-sun part-shade grown plants tend to be smaller, tough plants such as mint, or smaller varieties of vegetables, and leafy plants are some choices that do best in shade.

In most cases the size and yield of shade grown plants will be less than when grown in full sun. Even in my own garden, the edges and some parts of it receive less sun, especially at certain times of the year. Knowing what to plant where by paying attention to sun zones will help your yields!

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