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Shady Garden Possibilities?

Post  tomperrin on 12/1/2011, 11:11 pm

I have a limited amount of full sun square footage but would like to expand my garden.

Does anyone have a list of veggies that do well in partial or full shade?
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Re: Shady Garden Possibilities?

Post  Chopper on 12/1/2011, 11:49 pm

Vegetables in general do not do well in shade. Possible exceptions are lettuces, which do not like excessive heat. If possible, you might consider optimizing your sun with some reflectors made of aluminum foil mounted on cardboard or something. Not terribly attractive but I think it would help. This is Clare science 101 though so it is more an educated guess than a tried or true method.

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Post  martha on 12/7/2011, 11:46 am

How much partial sun do you have? I have grown strawberries surprisingly successfully (how's that for alliteration?) that get cast in the shade pretty early in the afternoon.


I'm working on figuring out what else should/could/might work in a spot close by, that will get several hours of direct sun, but also lose it to the shade of a large tree early in the afternoon.
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Re: Shady Garden Possibilities?

Post  sfg4uKim on 12/7/2011, 12:54 pm

I think someone previously posted this on the Forum, but I couldn't find it to give them credit:

40 Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs that Grow in Partial Shade

Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade


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Re: Shady Garden Possibilities?

Post  martha on 12/7/2011, 1:10 pm

KSRoman - you are the best!
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Thanks so much

Post  tomperrin on 12/13/2011, 6:18 pm

Thanks so much for the list - this will help in next year's planning.
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Shady Gardening...

Post  Windsor.Parker on 12/14/2011, 4:24 am

This is a fact of life for me! (A 3-story building on the adjacent lot, and 5 very tall trees in neighboring yards.)
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We've succeeded with many plants discussed on the site which KSRoman recommends. Careful observation of the Sun's path, and placement for maximum exposure helps!


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Re: Shady Garden Possibilities?

Post  sfg4uKim on 12/14/2011, 8:54 am

In Germany I saw more than a few gardeners using aluminum (I guess) "reflectors" to maximize the sun.

Here's are 2 articles about using MYLAR BLANKETS

or MIRRORS to increase sunlight.


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A number of greens

Post  CharlesB on 1/2/2012, 10:47 pm

New Zealand Spinach would be tops though.
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