Vegetables for Shady Gardens

Although you usually think of a garden spot being in a very sunny area, not everyone has this option. Some yards lack a space where the sun shines for more than a few hours a day.

Fortunately, there are some popular vegetable varieties that will grow in a partially shady environment. Although you will probably get larger yields with more sun, you can definitely have a successful garden by planting these vegetables even if the area gets just 4-6 hours of sun a day (or less for some veggies).

Planting in an area with partial shade does have some advantages, too. Without the sun shining down all the time, your plants and soil won’t dry out as quickly, meaning you won’t need to water as much.

So what should you choose to plant? Lettuce is one option that works well for a shady garden. Other greens like arugula, chard, kale, spinach, and mustard will also handle some shade. Root vegetables like carrots, radishes, and beets will perform better with more sun, but they will still grow in part shade. You just might need to wait longer to harvest. Peas and beans can also grow in a part shade garden and do quite well.

Keep in mind that leafy vegetables (ones grown for their edible leaves) will probably do best in a part-shade garden. Plants that produce fruit can live in part shade, but don’t expect to get a very large harvest since they need a lot more sun to be productive.

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