A few years ago, I noticed that the neighbors trees have grown tall enough to shade my vegetable garden. What once was full sun, has now become part shade. I was very upset when I first realized this. I love the location of my vegetable garden, and have built it up over the years to become the perfect plot. I can’t stand the thought of moving it to another spot in my yard.
Fortunately, there are several types of vegetables that will grow and produce in part shade (3-6 hours of sun). In fact, some of these vegetables prefer growing in part shade, and will suffer in full sun. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with growing vegetables in part shade over the past few years, and have found tons that grow very well.
Vegetables to grow in part shade:
1. Cabbage family crops that grow in part shade:
- Kohlrabi (I love the color of purple kohlrabi)
- Radicchio (Palla Rossa Mavrik is gorgeous!)
- Collard greens
- Kale (Chinese Kale and Red Kale add wonderful color)
2. Leafy Greens that grow in part shade:
- Lettuce (Add color with Garnet Rose and Romaine Rouge D’Hiver Lettuce)
- Swiss chard (Bright Lights is a must!)
- Spinach (I’m excited to try Spinach Bordeaux this year, cute!)
3. Herbs that grow in part shade:
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4. Root Crops that grow in part shade:
- Radish (I love these super cool varieties: Round Black Spanish and Watermelon Mantanghong)
- Beets (Bull’s Blood Beet are gorgeous!)
5. Other stuff that grows in part shade:
- Peas (Sugar Daddy, Sugar Snap and Snow Pea are my favorites)
- Beans (Blue Lake and Kentucky Wonder are great pole varieties for growing vertically)
- Squash (some of my favorites: Butternut, Acorn, Delicata, Sugar Pie Pumpkin and Zucchini)
- Cucumber (Lemon, Homemade Pickles and Marketmore are good choices)
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I have had mixed results with growing broccoli in part shade, it does better in the corner of the garden that gets the most sun. Broccoli would grow better in full sun, but overall I have been happy with the harvests from my broccoli growing in part shade.
Squash will grow well and produce in part shade, but they will definitely produce more in full sun. The last few years I have been growing my squash over the squash arch, and once it gets to the top of the arch, it’s in full sun. I get plenty of squash off of the plants I grow in part shade to keep us eating squash through most of the winter.
Last year I grew two different types of cucumbers. One variety did excellent growing in part shade, and other hardly grew. I’m not sure if it’s because that variety of cucumber doesn’t like part shade, or some other factor. I plan to continue to grow my cucumbers in part shade. I will try different varieties and try to pay attention to the ones that grow the best.
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I would love to get more ideas from you. Leave a comment below and tell me what vegetables you grow in part shade.