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Vegetables that Grow in the Shade

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Savoy Cabbage (Brassica oleracea capitata var. Sabauda) 'Alcosa' F1, September
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A shady yard doesn't have to dash your vegetable gardening dreams. Just choose from this list of shade-tolerant vegetables, and you'll be off to a great start:

Part-Sun (4-6 hours)

Asparagus
Beans
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Peas
Potatoes
Radishes
Rhubarb
Sweet Potatoes
Turnips

Mostly-Shade (Less than 4 hours)

Salad greens (spinach, swiss chard, kale, mesclun, mustard greens, etc.)
Scallions

A Few Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Vegetable plants will grow slower and produce smaller harvests when grown in the shade
  • To maximize your harvest, leave extra space between plantings. This will make it easier for the sun to reach your plants and help to prevent disease (from too-wet conditions)
  • Shade gardens do not require as much water as full-sun gardens, so be careful not to overwater

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