Does your garden site receive as few as two hours of direct sunlight a day or only get dappled sunlight? Growing vegetables in shade is possible! – but make sure you select plants that will tolerate and grow in these conditions. You can not force or convince a fruit bearing vegetable like tomatoes, to thrive in shade.
Partially shaded: A garden that has light shade or dappled shade all day, or gardens that receive 2 – 6 hours of direct sun per day, either in the morning or the afternoon with light or full shade otherwise.
Lightly shaded gardens receive a few hours of sun plus plenty of indirect or reflected light for many hours each day.
Deep shade refers to almost no sunlight at all. Only root crops will tolerate these growing conditions.
Growing vegetables in shade will be successful with these vegetables that will grow in partial shade:
- Beets (will tolerate a lot of shade)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Carrots (will tolerate a lot of shade)
- Chinese Cabbage
- Endive Greens
- Potatoes (will tolerate a lot of shade)
- Summer Squash
Examples of herbs that will grow in partial shade include:
- Garden Cress
- Lemon Balm
- Sweet Flag
Keep in mind:
- Growing vegetables in shade means maturing will take longer.
- Planting near walls will reflect more light on your plants.
- Planting in containers will allow you to move your plants around as needs arise.
- Yields will be smaller when griwing vegetables in shade.
- Seed germination will be more successful if done indoors.