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Though I doubt it, does anyone know of any vegetables that might produce in the shade?

Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:16pm

Dean: I reposted your question on HOMEGROWN's Facebook page, and folks had some great suggestions. Here's part 1 of several (can't fit 'em all in one comments box):

Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:16pm

Part 2:

  • Tena Kaiser Kropp I have one raised bed in part shade. I have grown lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, dill, and even bush beans successfully. The beans did not produce as many as in full sun, but it did work. The only thing that I tried that did not work there was cucumbers, but I cant get them to grow anywhere.
Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:16pm
  • Julie Thompson Adolf You'll need at least some sun for most vegetables. That said, I've found that white and yellow cherry-sized tomatoes will produce well in partial shade. Greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, chard) produce well with minimal sun. Fraise des bois, alpine strawberries, produce like crazy for me in the forest and are delicious! I've grown peas in partial shade--they don't produce as well as full sun, but they still produce decently. Most herbs can tolerate shade. (I garden in a forest, so I've tried lots of things!) Of course, mushroom logs need shade--it's extremely easy to grow shiitakes if you feel adventurous! ~Julie, Garden Delights
Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:17pm
  • Jewel de la Prince I had jalepenos do okay in a shaded area. Right now I've corn, pumpkin, and zucchini all growing well in a shady spot.
Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:18pm
Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:18pm
  • Laura Marusa Herbs and lettuce. My Mother-in-Law grew cukes in part shade and they did great.
Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:19pm
  • A Life Beyond Money I have grown lots of greens in nearly full shade. At my old apartment, there was a patch of dirt by the front door (north-facing). The building and a large evergreen shrub blocked sunlight for most of the day; it only got about an hour of sunlight a day. I planted landcress, lettuce and endive seeds, just scattered about. That little plot provided all of our greens from the end of May until the end of October. It never bolted because it never got hot enough to trigger it. I grow a lot of greens in the shadier parts of the yard.
Comment by Jennifer on July 1, 2014 at 3:20pm

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