Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade

By Colleen Vanderlinden
Mother Earth News

For success growing in the shade, remove low-hanging branches from nearby trees, use raised beds and liners to discourage tree roots from wicking water away from crops, and use reflective mulches to give plants more light.

For many gardeners, the optimum conditions most vegetables prefer — eight to 10 hours of full sun — just aren’t possible. Whether it’s from trees or shadows from nearby buildings, shade is commonly a fact of gardening life. Luckily, shade doesn’t have to prohibit gardeners from growing their own food. If you start with the most shade-tolerant crops, take extra care to provide fertile soil and ample water, and consider using a reflective plastic mulch, you can establish a productive shade garden and harvest a respectable variety of veggies.

How Much Shade Is Too Much?

All shade is not equal. Some shady conditions will yield much more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.

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16 responses to “Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade

  1. we wouldn’t use raised bed liners in hurricane territory like south florida– the annual deluges alone would flood the raised bed if lined.

  2. I am surprused by the “discarded carpet” liner suggestion, since carpets have so many toxins in them, including fire retardants! You can use it, but it won’t be strictly organic produce.

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  4. your a moron if you think reflective mulch is going to give your plant any usable light.

    • Actually reflection is light and plants strive on light. Do you know what photosynthesis is? If not well then you are the moron.

  5. One part of my garden is shade and the other is sun. Would mushroom compost be the best to rotteller in. What veggies would I plant in the shade. The shaddie part is no sun at all. Please tell me what to do?
    Thank you
    Del
    ladydd@q.com

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  7. You’re a moron if you abbreviate “you are” as “your”.

  8. why use abusive language? Don’t like it ignore the wrriter than showing I might say your ‘upbringing but I will not dare use that way as it woud be insulting to your parents. what ‘s wrong in being civil to each other?

  9. Del if it”s really that much shade maybe you could go for some thing animal or insect. A pool for raising fish, rabbit hutch, chicken/pigeon coop, out there- bee hives for honey.

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