fruit and vegetables in semi shade
Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
Our veg patch is large and oblong in shape. A very tall sycamore tree overshadows one end, meaning that not only is the soil in shade during the first few hours of daylight but is also quite dry. However once the sun moves around the shade lifts and the sun beats down on the soil.
Could you suggest suitable fruit or veg. to grow in these conditions please?
I knew I'd seen a list somewhere!
I'd noticed it because our new veg plot is similar - I decided on its location when we moved in 10 years ago and it was in full sun, but now we've finally got round to it, next door's oak has got enormous.
What a helpful list of veg and fruit for shade LG the L - thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction. I have copied it down - we will discuss and plan for next year. Brilliant!
I'm planning on rhubarb, raspberries, gooseberries and strawberries, plus salads, broccoli and leeks. But also runner and French beans, peas and tomatoes (the latter in pots in the sunniest bit of the garden). I grew French beans last year quite close to where the new beds are, in a slightly shadier spot, and still got a decent crop.
Rhubarb wouldn't like GD's dry soil - happy in shade though.
There are also quite a few herbs that will grow in some shade - sweet cicely, mint, lemon balm for a few examples.
Last edited: 27 April 2017 09:07:16
What a coincidence, Ive just posted on Forkers that I'm thinking of creating a couple of raised beds for fruit and veg but the only place I could put them would be in a fairly shady area. Are you reading my mind GD
Thanks for the list LGtheL it will be useful if I decide to go ahead.
Yes, it is a useful list with a good choice, and obviously others have semi/shade veg patches too. Always planning ahead as gardeners aren't we Yvie? When the sun moves around later in the day the shade goes too, but for the first part of the morning this area is shady. Having said that our neighbours are planning to put 4 new 2 story houses in their back garden which overlooks our veg patch, so we may have even more shade there in the future & no privacy.
Yes, thanks so much fro posting those two links, LG the L. I have mostly shade in my gardens and am happy to learn there is edible crop potential for this yard yet.
I think your best bet is to stick with redcurrants and gooseberries, asparagus and rhubarb.
Can't think of much else that does well in the shade. Maybe try a greatberry...
I mention this one since it's on offer at https://www.yougarden.com/item-p-310093/greatberry-r-amelanchier-alnifolia-garden
It might take years to mature but should do better in shade than most other fruit trees - I think - it might just all be marketing gimmick but at least they say it has a nice autumn foliage.