Courgettes and shade
I have a circular 1 metre diameter plot in a shared garden where I'm growing veg.
My most ambitious project is a dwarf courgette, which I researched quite thoroughly and it is possible to fit it in alongside my other veg both as it is much smaller than other courgettes (recommended spacing 45 cm) and can be made to take up less ground space by training it vertically.
I ordered it as a plug plant (Buckingham F1) and it's just arrived!
My problem is a dilemma over where to put it. My plot is in a London garden so there are trees and houses that limit the light. I should think my plot gets a good bit of sun at certain times in the afternoon but it is tucked under some trees by a wall meaning that this will often be dappled, and that most of the light reaching it will be around 11-4 (coming from the east or fairly straight down). So it's not totally shaded out at all but it's certainly a shady part of the garden.
My other veg are all fairly shade-tolerant (carrots, radish, beetroot, beans, lettuce) and all doing pretty well.
Originally I planned to put the courgette at the back so that its leaves didn't block light from the other veg. However I'm now worrying it will struggle if I do this.
My other option is to put it towards the front (imagining my plot as a clock face, if the back is 12 o'clock, I've got space at 5 o'clock).
So I guess my question is - what would happen if I put it at the back, where it is really pretty shady? Would it still produce fruit? A reduction in output isn't a disaster but a failure to do anything at all would be a shame.
If I put it at the front it would access more sun, but would this cause huge problems smaller things like carrots and radishes?
Thanks for any advice!