Did you know there are vegetables that grow in the shade? There’s actually quite a few, as a matter of fact. I believe it’s critical we learn to garden as soon as possible. Here’s the deal, if you are new to gardening, that’s okay. Or if you are not interested in growing any of your food, that’s okay too.
If you have been watching the news you are probably aware of the storms that have ravaged areas where so much of our food is produced. This means there may be some of the basic food items we use every day that will escalate in price. One of the items will be meat.
I would recommend stocking up on meat as soon as your budget allows. By the end of the year, I’m afraid meat prices could double or triple. They have to rise to meet supply and demand. You may want to go see these posts if you missed them: What to Plant In March or What To Plant In April
If you want more information on growing any of these vegetables I have listed below, please check out the two posts above. I walk you through how to plant all of them. Plus, I have the pH levels needed for each vegetable listed below in those posts.
My biggest fear is how the vegetables are being grown around the country. I don’t know about you, but I’m am really tired of hearing some different food is being recalled almost EVERY week. Good grief! One week it is spinach, the next week it is chicken or salad greens. Then the FDA announces fruit is contaminated. Are you like me and think twice before you pick up a head of lettuce?
This is why I feel strongly about raising our own food. Do you want to use up as much of your yard to grow your food? We all have areas that are shady or maybe have partial sunlight during the day. Some of these vegetables will require some sunlight, but at least we can grow something in those “darker” areas of our yard, either front or back. This is where I buy my seeds for the garden. SeedsNow
Vegetables That Grow In The Shade
I like to list things in alphabetical order, so here we go. These are just a few of the vegetables you can plant in the shade. There are more, but this gives you an idea of how many work with less sunshine.
I may have mentioned I just planted 40 crown asparagus roots. I have never planted it before and I’m super excited! They are two-year male sprouts and they will produce for 20 years, if properly cared for in the garden. If you think about it, you plant the crowns in the dirt and wait for it to grow. We hopefully can harvest some next year if my dog, Bailey, stops digging in the soil. Yes, it does need some sunshine, but will thrive with less, so the partial shade will work.
I love basil, it actually grows like a weed, so be prepared because it spreads out. We have grown basil for 20 years and it’s one of the easiest plants you can grow from seed. It will thrive in the shade and does not need sunshine all day long. If you can think of a spot in your yard that could start producing food, you may want to try growing it. It’s a wonderful addition to your homegrown tomatoes with some fresh Mozzarella.
3. Bush Beans
You may think that bush beans need full sun, they do not. What’s nice is the leaves are actually protecting the beans from being overheated, so to speak. These are really easy to grow, and very easy to can with a pressure canner.
I love beets, so I plant them every year. Just think about it, they are root vegetables, as in the ground. They can survive with very little sunshine. They are super easy to plant, grow and harvest.
The great thing about broccoli is that it’s a cool season vegetable. It can grow very well with less sunshine than you may think. It will do very well in the shade, so try it if you have room. Please remember, it’s all about growing our own food, we can do this!
Cabbage loves cooler weather and shade fills that need. You can grow it with partial shade and harvest it in the summer, if you work it right. You typically plant cabbage in the fall, but hey, why not try growing it in Spring and harvest before the heat is sweltering.
Carrots are a root, so they grow in the ground or in the pot, whatever you have. They will thrive very well in little to no sunshine because they prefer cool weather. The shade fills that need.
Cauliflower will do very well in partial shade or very little sunshine. Some plants like cauliflower prefer cooler weather so therefore you can plant it where it has limited sunshine.
These work very well when grown in shady locations. We have grown them for years and I use them in my recipes when freshly picked. I also freeze some, but dehydrate even more of them.
If you missed my post on growing garlic you may want to go check it out. Garlic grows very well in partial sunshine because it’s a root, as in the ground. They also do well in raised garden beds, and even in pots. Yes, you can do this! Planting Garlic
If you love to make juice with Kale, why not grow your own? I love freshly picked YOUNG kale, stir-fried with a little oil. Yummy! You can grow it in the shade because it prefers cooler weather compared to the hot summer. It has so many important vitamins our bodies can really use. Grab some seeds and get some planted. You will love it!
Oh my gosh, I love growing my own lettuce. Remember to grab a good pair of scissors to cut the leaves off for that next salad. Lettuce loves cool weather and the shade makes it possible to grow more of our own food.
When you decide to plant mint, make sure you want it where you plant it. It spreads like crazy. And be ready to make some tea and cold drinks with fresh mint.
Peas can easily be grown in partial shade. It’s so fun to grow because there is something about the first vegetable of the season sprouting and peaking through the earth. Who doesn’t love peas and shelling them as a family, right?
I think I have mentioned I grow Gold Yukon potatoes in some pots that are about 20-inches tall and 18-inches in diameter. They are roots and will do very well in partial shade. They are so easy to grow. Once you plant potatoes it’s so hard to bake a store bought potato. Fresh potatoes are so moist and fluffy when you bake them, compared to store purchased ones.
Here again, these are root plants. They grow in the ground and can thrive with less sunshine compared to other plants. You can grow these in the ground, raised garden beds, or pots.
Spinach is so easy to grow, you practically just sprinkle the seeds and you have a bowl full of spinach very soon. Just kidding, but it will thrive in partial shade or very little sunshine. They love cool weather so the shade keeps the plants cooler. You cut the leaves and they keep on growing back.
I hope today’s post gets you excited about having a garden in the ground, in raised garden beds, or in pots on your balcony or patio. It’s awesome to know about all the vegetables you can grow in the shade. May God bless this world. Linda