Fifty Shades of Green.

Do you have an area in your garden that is in the shade a part of the day and you don't think you can grow anything there? Well, let me tell you that you are wrong!

There are many vegetables that grow in the shade, some even thrive when sheltered from the intense rays from the summer sun.

Sunlight conditions

There are three basic sunlight conditions that are used to describe the amount of sun during the prime-growing season.

  • Full Sun: Full sun areas receive direct sunshine for 6 or more hours per day between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. But in our Northern climates, where the sun strength is weaker, plants that requires full sun do better with 8 or more hours per day.

  • Partial Shade: Partial sun areas receive 3-6 hours of direct sunlight but are shaded the rest of the day. Partial shaded spaces are moderately shaded during part of the day or receive filtered or dappled sunlight all day. (Dappled sunlight is where the light is filtered through the leaves of trees.)

  • Full Shade: Full shade areas receive no direct sun or reflected light during the day. An area with deep shade is not a good place for growing vegetables. All plants need some light to grow.

Now that you know more about the sun exposure, you can choose your shades veggies! Here is a list of a couple of them.

  • Cauliflower

  • Kale

  • Asparagus

  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage

  • Celery

  • Garlic

  • Potatoes

  • Peas

  • swiss chard

  • Brassicas

  • Beetroot

  • Salad leaves

  • Radishes

  • Carrots

  • Leeks

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