There are many important things that come to mind when you decide to plant a garden. Two of the most important aspects of any garden are sunlight and location. These important features go hand in hand. If you don’t pick a good location, you may not get the right amount of sunlight that your plants need. If you’re not planning a new garden and are working on a previous bed, don’t feel discouraged if your garden sits in a bad location. Some plants don’t need full sun and will grow just fine in those shady spots. There is a long list of both fruits and vegetables that actually prefer growing in partial to almost no sun. Here are 5 popular vegetables that grow in the shade and still yield great results:
Just about any leafy green vegetable you can think of can be grown in the shade. Salad greens, like leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, and garden cress thrive in shady spots of the garden. You will also be successful growing mustard or collard greens, spinach and even kale. On average most greens can be grown successfully with a minimum of 3 hours of sunlight each day. This even includes indirect, dappled sunlight.
Another shade lover is broccoli. In fact, growing broccoli in partial shade is ideal. Broccoli simply will not grow in hot temperatures. It thrives in cooler weather and can even withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees without experiencing frost exposure. Reserve the shady part of your garden for your broccoli plants. Make sure that you plant your broccoli at the right time. Ensuring that your broccoli matures, before or after the soaring summer temperatures, will provide an abundant crop.
Whether you’re growing garden peas, snow peas or sugar snap peas you will be able to enjoy a long harvest from the shade of your garden. Peas planted in full sun areas will grow but they will bolt up quickly, and you will have a short harvest. You can almost double the harvest time of peas by planting them in the shade as long as they get at least 3 hours of sun during the day. Growing peas in the shade will cause them to grow at a slower rate and will allow you to maximize your pea harvest and get the most out of your plants.
If you grow carrots in partial shade, they will do fine. You may have to wait a little longer than usual for a full harvest, but they will still grow to their average size. If you have a spot in your garden that gets at least 4 hours of sun, it would be a great spot to place your carrots. They won’t take up much space and are a great border between the full sun and shady areas, as they won’t tower over and block the plants that need full sun.
During the growing season, potatoes thrive in shady areas. With a minimum of 3 hours of sun per day, you will be able to use that shady garden area to grow plenty of potatoes. You can also enjoy the luxury of gourmet new potatoes that are smaller in size; if you harvest your shady grown potatoes a few months before the actual harvesting season. Potatoes can also be part of a patio garden and grown in containers. This is perfect for apartment dwellers who don’t have a balcony or patio that gets full sun.
These are just some of the many vegetables that you can grow in the shade. Make the most of your gardens’ location and plant accordingly. Doing so will allow you to plan your next garden and yield great results. You will be able to maximize your space and could potentially double the amount of crops you are able to plant. With careful placement and knowing what plants should go where; you will be on your way to planting a successful garden in no time! Trial and error is a great way to learn so keep a binder or notebook of last year’s garden. Keep track of where you planted your previous crops, how well they grew and other details. Doing this will help you learn from your past mistakes and improve your harvest, every season.