Shade Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Laurel, MD
Question by johnw71941
January 30, 1998
What veggies grow best in shady areas?

Answer from NGA
January 30, 1998


Unfortunately there aren't any vegetables that will really thrive in the shade. Most vegetables need full sun to grow and produce well. Plants grown for their foliage--lettuce, greens, and some herbs, for example--will often tolerate a little shade, but not a deep shady spot. Is there a place in the sun you could set a container? Many plants, like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant, will grow quite nicely in containers. There's even a tomato variety suitable for a hanging planter (hung in the sun, of course.)

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