Shade Vegetables – Full Sun Not Needed

A typical garden needs around 8 to 10 hours of full sun, but many gardeners don’t have that kind of sunlight, so why not consider growing shade vegetables. There are many vegetables that you can grow in your vegetable garden that do well in partial or full shade.

How Much Shade Does Your Garden Have?

There are a couple of kinds of shade of which you should be familiar. There is dappled shade, which could be cast upon your vegetable garden from a tree canopy. With a little strategic trimming you can enhance the amount of sunlight that reaches your garden.

There is also partial shade. Partial shade can vary quite a bit from a few hours of sunlight to complete shade. Partial shade is a bit more difficult to deal with than dappled shade.

To grow shade vegetables successfully, you will need to be patient and willing to experiment. Your backyard is a microclimate, and it is important that you pay close attention to what goes on during the day in terms of sunlight falling on your garden areas.

Conduct some trials by planting different types of vegetables to see what will grow the best in a particular area before you invest in a lot of plants. Better to lose a few plants than several dozen.

Shade Vegetables You Should Try in Your Garden

Here are some shade vegetables you may want to try in your garden. Most all of these vegetables require around 3 to 4 hours of sunlight per day.

  • Arugula
  • Asian Greens
  • Chard
  • Culinary Herbs
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mesclun
  • Mustard Greens
  • Peas and Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Potatoes
  • Scallion
  • Spinach

Shade Vegetables Success Tips & Resources

Here are some tips to grow shade vegetables successfully.

  • Trim low-hanging tree branches to let light into your vegetable garden.
  • Used raised beds and liners to keep tree roots from robbing your plants of water.
  • Use reflective mulches in your garden to help plants get more sunlight.

Don’t let the fact that you don’t have full sunlight keep your from trying your hand at gardening and growing fresh vegetables. There are many kinds of shade vegetables that you can grow in your vegetable garden.

For more information about reflective mulches for your garden, you can visit the following websites:

Harris Seeds
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

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