When most people envision a vegetable garden they imagine a sun-filled area. But if your house has trees or some other structure that blocks the sun from shining on your lawn, you can still have a successful garden. Below are some vegetables that can flourish without full sunlight as well as some tips for managing a shady garden.
Vegetables that Grow in the Shade:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Swiss Chard
- Leafy Greens (collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale)
Gardening in the Shade
There are certainly some advantages to gardening in a shady area. For instance, since your plants will be more protected from the sun, you will not have to water the soil as often. You can also grow many of the vegetables listed above well into the fall when the daylight hours grow shorter, giving you the chance to enjoy fresh vegetables well into the season.
If some of your garden does receive a good amount of sunlight, designate that space to vegetables that require a large amount of sunlight such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, corn, and squashes. The shade-loving plants can then be planted in the remaining shady area.
Having a shady garden does not mean that you are destined to live without fresh garden vegetables. By optimizing your space, you can harvest a wide array of vegetables.