Herbs That Grow In Shade

Growing Vegetables in the Shade – What Can I grow?

John of http://www.growingyourgreens.com shares with you his experiences in growing vegtables and other food crops in the shade. Watch this video to learn which vegetables tend to grow better in the shade, and find out what happens when something is labeled “full sun” and then grown in the shade!

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  1. Michael Warren

    Best shade plants are the Brassicas (cabbage family) but for me especially Watercress, Mint, Purslane, Swiss Chard, Lambs Quarters and Comfrey. All of these are truly wonderful and edible herbs and vegetables and do very well in partial shade. Also the “waste” from these plants make terrific worm food for your Worm Bed or Bin…you do have a Worm Bin, don’t you? PS: Comfrey and Watercress are the most important recommendations for any garden.

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  2. tharodsta

    its all done by mirrors hehe

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  3. tharodsta

    eerrbbss

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  4. FutureLaugh

    i live here in south florida, what foods are good in FULL sun?

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  5. david88at

    Gaultheria Shallon is a good one for full shade.

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  6. theno1katzman

    what state do you live?

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  7. Young Eggfu

    YOU KNOW WHAT?
    I THINK YOU’RE FULL OF SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH….
    SHADE!!!

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  8. auroraglacialis

    Its a bit of a stretch,but have you considered using shady places for mushrooms? In a natural forest they are doing well in the shade. Its not exactly greens and you cannot make juice of them, but for many people, they may be a choice. I try to do that currently, though I think I have to go back and try again because the substrate was not sterile enough. A question: Would strawberries do well (they also grow naturally in the forest under the trees)?

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  9. hitman748

    no

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  10. tony harkin

    Blackberries and green beans do well in partial shade.

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  11. jamie cowan

    I would love to have some re variegated sorrel. where can I get seeds for that?

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  12. Jefferdaughter

    On prennial vwegetables that can be grown in the shade, see Eric Toensmeier on YouTube /watch?v=zSyuI72QbOQ Phyllostachus species of bamboo (shoots), fuki, Petasites japonicus (stalks), griant solomon’s seal (shoots &tubers), and hosta. Not sure of all varieties are edible, but ‘narrow leaf plantain lilly’ is listed in some references as edible. Hosta is commonly eaten in Asia (unfurled leaves). Ground elder, Aegopodium podagraria (leaves as potherb). Varegated forms less aggressive.

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  13. Jefferdaughter

    Ostrich fern (fiddleheads)… These all grow in northern US areas. All these can be planted in front yards to create beautiful landscapes, edible, but don’t look like a veg garden: along w/ Cornus kousa dogwood (fruit); redbud Cercis canadensis (flowers, young leaves, young pods); blueberries; Chilean wintergreen, Gaultheria mucronata (berries), linden tree/ basswood (young leaves, flowers), etc. Fruit trees are ornamental. Nut trees are great for shade. It’s fun to learn about the edibles!

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  14. kbarb1000

    black taro likes shade and wet conditions

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  15. kbarb1000

    great I’ll try that, thanks

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  16. robbied1999

    Such a great help! Thank you!!!

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  17. DragonettaUnchained

    I have shady plants, too. Every time I walk by, I hear them dissing my fashion sense. lol

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  18. cbasallie

    I had a strawberry patch in a shady area (must have been Alpine) . Mint grows under my porch. Zone 5. It dies back in winter then comes back with a vengeance regardless of shade. Actually choked out poison ivy under my porch. Try some anise also. It grows tall, weeds out, beatiful purple flowers.

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  19. electricfemale

    John, you always have so much energy and great ideas, thank you.

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  20. robert roesler

    In South Florida malanga, coffee and katuk grow great in shade.Almost anything will grow in part shade. I have slightly less than 1/4 acre and spend many hrs a week in my yard. John I’m curious- how many hrs do you spend in your yard each week?

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