Grow Fruit and Vegetables…in the Shade!

A shady spot may not be the best place to grow fruits and vegetables, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done! Choose your crops carefully and even shady gardens can be pleasingly productive.

By using a few simple techniques you can encourage naturally shade-tolerant fruits and vegetables to produce a better harvest.

In this short video, we explain which crops grow well in the shade and how to make the most of the light that is available to get the most from your garden.

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23 thoughts on “Grow Fruit and Vegetables…in the Shade!”

  1. Wild violets (Viola spp.) are called a lawn weed, but are delicious perennial greens. They make larger leaves in deep shade under other plants. I quit growing lettuce after I started eating viola leaves, too tasty. If they come up where you don't want them, eat those first. If they have a good root, replant the root elsewhere.

  2. i have a long bed that is shaded by a 6ft fence and the neighbor's overhanging apple trees. I have had great success growing corn, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, strawberries, raspberries and zucchinis that fruited prolifically. My potatoes grew great although seemed to have lower yields. The failures were cucumbers that stayed stunted before dieing and spaghetti squash which stayed stunted till the end of summer when it suddenly took of but the frost took it out before any squash formed. I also have a bed that is in shade till late afternoon that produced great snow peas and beans, last year i planted capsicum (bell peppers) that remained small yet started producing lots of small peppers at the end of summer. and this year (end of spring here now) i planted 2 zucchinis which are huge and fruiting, in the front of the bed i have tented brussel sprouts in curtains to avoided cabbage loopers and they are looking very healthy.

  3. We had a huge success with a garden that gets morning sun but starts to shade over after lunchtime. Gorgeous lettuces (butter and a lovely bitter red looseleaf) grew larger than I'd ever seen and didn't start to bolt until late June – and we live in a very hot climate. Chioggia beets did very well, as did carrots, baby lettuces, and new blackberry and strawberry plants that shipped live and needed to harden off a bit. Baby pak choy was doing well but we lost to ravenous ants. Will try them again now that we have our hungry friends under control as they can be harvested from seed in about 21 days!

  4. I live in North East Texas lots of trees and lots of heat, I find that many of my herbs and mints really do well in partial shade and most of the leafy vegetables do pretty well in shade as well . I do mostly container gardening because of bad knees I plant cucumbers in pots I put tomato cage down in the soil in the pot plant cucumbers at the supports in the ground and grow radishes in the middle works great!

  5. Thanks, very helpful.
    I used your tips & am now growing a leaf lettuce & a large leaf heat hardy spinach in planter boxes made from plastic toddlers wading pools suitably drained with bored holes in total shade but with a white backdrop. The sunshine ends at the edge of the pools.
    This was especially beneficial growing both in 90 degree plus weather in Louisiana.

  6. I have a raised bed against the north side of my house which is almost always in the shade. For several years in a row, I have successfully grown a variety of greens and lettuces there. The kale, collards, romaine lettuce, and swiss chard especially get huge there and by the end of the summer I have to resort to feeding the extra greenery to my chickens. And this bed only gets the weak early morning light and the weak evening sunlight. So I totally agree that greens and lettuce are perfect for growing in the shade. 🙂

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