"Always plant a vegetable garden in full sun" right? Well not always! There are MANY things we can plant in shady areas successfully. In some cases I have seen better success with some things in the shade. There are three main challenges to gardening in the shade: not over watering, germinating seeds and getting enough sun. In this video I share my experiences with shade gardening and how I overcome these challenges.
1. Water about 50 to 75% as much as you would in the sunny areas.
2. Start seeds ether before the trees (that are causing the shade)have leaved out or transplant seedlings into the garden beds.
3. Pick plants that don't need as much sun.
My lists of crops to choose:
#1 Plants that can do better in the shade (excellent choices):
Lettuce, Spinach, Peas, Pak Choy, Mustard Greens and Celery.
#2 Plants that do as well but not necessarily better (good choices):
Arugala, Green Onion, Parsley, Mint, Collards, Endive, Cress, Kohlrabi, Cilantro/ Coriander, Swiss Chard, Kale, Dill, Lemon Balm and Chives.
#3 Plants that will still do ok in shade but will have decreased yields (root crops take longer and are smaller, there are less fruits, etc.) (ok choices)
Strawberries, Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli, Garlic, Thyme, Basil, Carrots, Leeks, Radishes, Turnips, Small Peppers and Tomatoes.
As you can see there are many to choose from! So go for it and try gardening in those shady areas.
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