The Q&A Archives: Vegetables for Shade

Question: What kinds of veggies grow well in the shady spots of a garden?

Answer: In general, fruiting vegetables (such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers) and root crops (such as beets and carrots) do very poorly in the shade. Leafy veggies (such as lettuce, spinach, and chard) and cole crops (such as broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, and collards) do fairly well in light shade or with less than a full day's sun. None, however, will produce well in deep shade.

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