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Hello all,

I have a strip about 5m long by 1-2m wide, that is in the shadow of a wall/fence all through the summer (and is even bigger this time of year as the sun is lower)

I was wondering what veg to try  - pots did ok there last year, but was thinking of brassicas this year coming - kale, cabbages etc. Any other suggestions of shade friendly veg? Soil is clay and gets quite wet, but has had a fair amount of work on it - manure, compost etc - to break it up.

Any tips welcome  - thanks!



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 60,504

    I've found that Swiss Chard is happy in a shady spot. image

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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,189

    How much sun does the area get in summer, some veg will grow reasonably well by a fence and in shade if it gets some sun during the day.

    If you grew veg in pots near the fence/wall, chances are these veggie's will grow better in the ground. What did you grow? 


  • KevinMKevinM Posts: 22

    Ahh sorry I meant potatoes grew there ok - abbreviated it without thinking! Year previously had some cabbages there which also went fairly well.

    Will add chard to my list of things to try image



  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,189

    If spuds did ok then the area must get some sun.

    You may find, veggies you grow will mature later due to the shade, or the fence/wall creates a micro climate so you can grow stuff people on an allotment can't, for instance I've grown sweetcorn successfully, yet the allotment behind my home can't grow it because the ground is more open to the elements.  

    I get sun from dawn till dusk but the veg beds are partially over shadowed by a fence, anything grown near the fence tends harvest a few weeks later. 

    If you are thinking brassicas, cabbage takes up a lot growing space and unless you have an allotment there's little return. Broccoli, swede, turnip, radish (including mooli) take up less space, I grow kohl rabi which does well.   

    Hope this has been helpful...

  • In summer lettuce appreciate a bit of shade, the mid summer sun is too hot for them. Lots of fruit bushes will do well, gooseberries and currants will all do well. Blackberries also grow in shade.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Spinach. image

  • KevinMKevinM Posts: 22

    Thanks all - I have some gooseberries next to this patch in shade mostly full time already, second year so hopefully will get fruit this time round.

    I think i'll try kohl rabi again this year - experimented in a shallow raised bed and it didn't get going properly last summer. Spinach too - never have much luck, but the shadier spot may be a better option.



  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 30,241

    I'll echo what Dave said - lettuce tends to bolt when it gets too much sun so it appreciates some shade. If you like chives, they do better with some shade as well.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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