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Front garden allotment/kitchen garden

We have just brought a new house, the front garden is North facing. 
In our previous house we had a south facing front garden and turned it into a flower/allotment garden space. 
I want to do the same again, whilst making it look nice, however I'm worried that it being North facing will prevent me from doing it in a productive way. Any hints or tips or how to ensure I can grow fruit/veg in a productive way whilst still looking nice? 
Current thinking is buy making sure I use lots of chard/spinach and plants that will survive in shade and possibly using more brassica type plants than fruit. 

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  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,998
    Bumping this up for any veg growers to advise please ?  :)
    I hope you have the means to stop people just helping themselves to your produce !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,152
    Gooseberries perform well in a shady spot, and are usually too spiky to allow casual scrumping by passers by.  
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  • KassiKassi Posts: 16
    AnniD said:
    Bumping this up for any veg growers to advise please ?  :)
    I hope you have the means to stop people just helping themselves to your produce !
    It's a small road that doesn't get too many people passing by, and I had no issues in the last house so fingers crossed! 
  • FatsiaFatsia Posts: 35
    I have a few beds in my front garden, very busy road but nobody has ever pinched anything yet. It's nothing fancy, and looking a bit empty right now, but I manage to grow quite a bit between this and extra containers. Its a bit of a poor use of the whole space in hindsight, but it looks neat and tidy rather than scruffy allotment (most of the time). I'm sure there are lots of crops that wouldnt mind a bit of shade and arranged nicely will look pretty too. 
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 5,826
    I haven't looked at the links provided by AnniD but generally salad crops are OK in the shade. That said most veg benefits from full sun. When I moved here before I got an Allotment locally, I  tried courgettes in the back garden. One just below a S facing patio, another at the front of a bed facing EastSE,  the difference was stunning.  The fully S facing plant was more than twice the size and 3 times more productive.
    AB Still learning

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