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A Vegetable Garden in the Shade
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Steve Asbell added this to Shades of Vegetable Gardens: Growing Edibles in Less Sun
Vegetables and Herbs That Grow in Shade"No fruits and no roots" is Coronado's rule of thumb for choosing edibles that will produce well in shade, but she quickly points out that even root-forming vegetables like beets or radishes will still produce lots of leafy and edible growth. Many of the vegetables require only two to three hours of direct light, provided by the dappled sun that filters through the overhanging trees. Among her biggest successes in this garden are basil (Ocimum basilicum, annual), celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce) and dinosaur kale (Brassica oleracea 'Lacinato', annual).Other good candidates for a shaded vegetable garden include legumes, such as peas (Pisum sativum, annual) and beans (Phaseolus spp); stem veggies, like celery (Apium graveolens, annual) and rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum, zones 2 to 8); and most greens. Bok choy (Brassica rapa chinensis, annual), collard greens (Brassica oleracea species, annual), mustard greens (Brassica juncea, annual), Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris, annual) and arugula (Eruca sativa, annual) will all flourish in shade and provide a veritable salad bar of flavor.