April 18, 2016

What to grow in the shade

Got a shady garden spot? Here’s what you can grow in the shade, and how to maximize the light your garden does get.

Shade can be a problem for gardeners, as many crops need at least 6-8 hours of full sun to grow and produce at their maximum potential.

Shade means lower light, cooler soil temperatures, and slower germination and growth. However, shady areas can work great for certain crops that don’t like heat.

If your entire garden is shaded, you may be a bit limited in what you can grow, but you can still have a successful garden if you pick the right plants. If you simply have a shady spot, you will have more options, as you can grow full-sun crops in the sunny areas, and stick with shade-loving plants in any shady pockets. Vertical gardening methods can also sometimes help get your plants up into the sun.

This excellent video shares a few tips for maximizing the light that your garden receives, as well as which fruits and vegetables do well in the shade, depending on the part of the day that your garden is shaded.

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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