How to Grow Vegetables and Herbs in Partial Shade

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There are many benefits to growing vegetables and herbs in partial shade. Usually the most noticeable benefit in some crops is that they tend to be more flavorful and less bitter when grown in partial shade.  Growing in partial shade also allows for a longer growing season for cold-season varieties. If you plant your garden in a spot that is shady in the afternoon, you'll save your heat sensitive plants from being damaged by the hot summer's sun. 

When you're growing in partial shade there are a few things to remember:

  • Plant in containers if you can. This will allow you to relocate the crops if you feel they may need more sun, especially as the seasons change. 
  • Plant crops that are suitable for shade.  Never plant any varieties that require full sun. 
  • Place your vegetables and herbs near white walls or white fences. These will reflect more light to your garden area and keep the plants healthier. 
  • Start your crops early and indoors if you'll be planting them in the shade. This will ensure better germination of the seeds since they'll be able to get warmth from a windowsill or grow light. 
  • Expect slower maturation rates when you are growing in the shade, this is completely normal. 

 Vegetables that grow well in partial shade:

Arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cabbage, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, mustard, spinach, parsnips, peas, radishes, rutabagas, turnips, and watercress.

Herbs that grow well in partial shade: 

Angelica, basil, catnip, chervil, chives, lemon balm, lovage, mint, parsley and rosemary


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