Vegetables in part shade - Knowledgebase Question

TAKOMA PARK, MD (Zone 6B)
Question by StephenVarol
March 14, 2009
I want so start a veggie garden but am worried in amount of sun it will get. Back yard has trees and haven't lived here long enough to know effect of foliage on back yard.Are there any semi-sunny veggies?


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Answer from NGA
March 14, 2009

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Basically, a good rule to remember is that if you grow a plant for the fruit or the root, it needs full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems, or buds, a little shade will be just fine.

So, until you know exactly how much sun or shade the area gets, you can plant the following crops, which will produce with three to six hours of sun, or fairly constant dappled shade, per day. Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, and cress; Broccoli; Cauliflower; Peas; Beets; Brussels Sprouts; Radishes; Swiss Chard; Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale; Beans.

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