Have a shady area in your lawn that you think you cannot use for gardening? By choosing the right crops, you, too, can turn those shady spots into vegetable gardens, thus helping you maximize your space.
If you’re interested in planting on shady areas, you need to think of crops in terms of leaves and roots. Crops that we grow for their leaves (kale, lettuce, spinach) and those that we grow for their roots (beets, carrots, turnips) do well in partially shady conditions. On the other hand, crops that we grow for their fruits — such as eggplants, peppers and tomatoes — need at least six hours of full sun per day.
Arugula is prone to bolting as soon as the weather turns warm, so it needs to be in the shade. Give it at least three to four hours of sun per day.
Vegetables in this category includes bok choy, komatsuna and tatsoi. They all grow wonderfully with only up to two hours of sun everyday.
Chard grown in the full sun can be bigger compared to those grown in the shade. If you want to grow chard for the stalks, give it least five hours of sun per day. On the other hand, if you want to grow it for the tender baby leaves, three to four hours of sun per day will be enough.
Included in this category are chives, cilantro, parsley and oregano. They needs only at least three hours of sun per day to grow well.
Kales can grow in partial shades or out in the full sun. Should you choose to grow it in the shade, you need to give it at least three to four hours of sun each day.
Lettuce can bolt quickly under the sun so the shade is perfect. Give it at least three to four hours of sun everyday.
Mustard grown for baby greens is best-suited for shady gardens and will require three hours of sun per day.
Among this category are beets, carrots, potatoes and turnips. They do well in shady areas but if you want to harvest them faster, you’ll need to give them four to five hours of sun per day.
Throughout the growing season, scallions grow well in shaded areas. Still, you can give it least three hours of sun each day.
Like arugula and lettuce, spinach will bolt quickly under the hot sun, so it needs to be taken to the shade. At least three to four hours of sun per day is good for it.