Grow Fruit and Vegetables…in the Shade!


[Music] Hello! One of the things we are often asked is “What can I grow in a shady part of the garden?” Well, the answer is – a surprising amount! Shade certainly throws up some challenges, but that doesn’t mean you
can’t grow your own fruits and vegetables there. In this video will show you
what can be grown in shady parts of the garden and share some top tips of the trade
for maximizing the light your garden does receive. Even shady gardens will normally receive
at least a couple of hours’ sunshine a day. The secret to coping with shade
is to make the most of these windows of direct sunlight. In most climates, seedlings need as much light
as possible in order to start off strongly. so prioritize the sunniest
parts of the garden for your seedlings. Grow them in pots and module trays
within cold frames or start seedlings off in a seedbed, then
transplant them to another part of your garden once they are bigger and better
able to cope with lower light levels. If you’re starting seeds early in the season, using full spectrum grow lights indoors can give them an early boost
before you gradually introduce them to the outdoors. Make the most of available light
by reflecting it into shadier parts of the garden. Paint walls and fences white,
or add mirrors and other reflective surfaces such as shiny metal or foil to
bounce light back into these darker areas. It’s important to remember that
shadier corners will be slower to warm up in the spring, so use cold frames, cloches and row covers
to warm up the soil earlier on in spring. They can also be used to extend the
growing season later on in the autumn. Slugs and snails can be more of a
problem in shady areas, so set up plenty of beer traps and delay laying mulches until the weather has properly warmed up. There’s a lot you can grow in shade. Leafy crops such as lettuce, arugula or rocket, chard and kale will be more than
happy with just three to four hours of sunshine a day. For areas that receive morning sun,
then afternoon shade, try vegetables such as carrots, celery and
dwarf or bush beans. Look for areas which receive sunlight above ground level. Areas that are shaded in the morning but sunny by afternoon are perfect for climbing vegetables like beans, climbing peas and outdoor cucumbers which, given the correct supports, can grow upwards out of the shade and into the sunshine. Never overcrowd plants. Allow plenty of space between plants to help maximize
light penetration, which in turn will reduce the risk of disease. Currants, gooseberries and sour (or acid)
cherries are the best fruits to grow in shade. Rather than allowing them to form
bush shapes, train them against a wall as single stemmed cordons, or as fans. Training the stems this way ensures the branches are well-spaced, so that light can reach all parts of the plant,
rather than just the edges. Walls and fences can also be painted white
to reflect light back onto the leaves. You can give them a further boost
by allowing a little more room than normal – an additional 1 or 2 feet (30-60cm)
between them will reduce any risk
of further shading from neighboring plants. Soil in shady areas can be cooler
and wetter, particularly if you have heavy soil, so before planting your fruit dig in plenty
of well-rotted garden compost to help improve drainage. Cane fruits such as raspberries and blackberries
can also cope with some shade. Again, the secret lies in ensuring
there is plenty of space between canes for both light penetration
and to avoid damp, stagnant air. Our Garden Planner makes it very easy
to choose crops suitable for shadier areas. Simply click on the Custom Filter button, then select the ‘partial shade tolerant’ option, and click OK. The selection bar now displays just those
crops suitable for growing in these conditions. Let’s go ahead and choose this endive. Click once to select it, move the cursor to where we want to grow it, click to place, and then adjust its size
and positioning using the corner handles and cursor. So you see, there’s plenty that can be grown in shade. If you have a shady part of the garden
then let us know what grows well for you – just drop us a comment below. And for more advice, helpful hints and gardening know-how, don’t forget to subscribe. I’ll catch you next time. [Music]

Comments 43

  • This is very helpful, thank you. I have a lot of shady areas and it's not easy to figure out what to plant there. I rarely do the thumbs up thing, but here you go. Very, very useful!

  • I now know where to put my blackberry bush. Thank you!

  • water less in shade is another tip as well. in hot climates shade is your friend to continue with a summer greens patch, where the winter garden worked the summer heat may be too much. another tip is to train, not prune fruit trees and vines.

  • Very useful and interesting, I liked the tip about a mirror. Thank you.

  • Well done…I also use shady areas on my garden for spinach and several varieties of lettuces.

  • another great video. very good tips. beer traps don't seem to work for me here in Tennessee I find using old coffee in a spray bottle keeps the very small slugs off my vegetables.we have very few large slugs. at least in my garden.

  • I have found that covering pvc pipes with copper foil works much better than beer traps. The foil tip is a great one. I use heavy foil glued to the fronts of cinder blocks next to my house to grow leafy and root vegies there. In addition to the foil on the cinder block foundation I also have it between the rows. I only get about 4 to 6 hours of daylight, depending on the month, next to the house.

  • Just what I needed to know! thanks!

  • Hello. I love your videos. They're very usefull. I've a question: Is it possible to grow parsley, carrots and radish in shady areas? Thank you. Have a nice weekend!

  • My tomatoes aren't growing at all.  I used to have a garden with bins.  Now I live in an apartment with a porch.  I transplanted them into pots and they're not making any progress.  Perhaps too much sunlight?  Thanks for the helpful hints

  • Lemon balm grows beautifully in the shade! Mine gets about 3 hours of sun in the evening only and it is beautiful.

  • Great info, Thanks! But I thought you would be talking about 'shade' not part shade, morning shade or afternoon shade. I have full shade. What to do about that? 🙂

  • Some great tip, Thanks !

  • I've recently picked up a couple of bushes called Honeyberry which produce a fruit somewhat like blueberries; similar in flavor, but a bit more elongated in shape I suppose? They're not in the ground yet, but the vendor I purchased them from stated that they do well in, and prefer, part shade. They are new to me and am not sure about all the details on the variety but since full sun space is at a premium in my garden, I wanted to give these a try. HTH!

  • I am old and can't bend over very well. SO, to plant seeda like corn in a row. I use a 3 foot to 4 foot piece of PVC pipe where I can place the tube where i want to place the seed in the grown. and drop the sedd down the pipe, exactly the right spacing and only one seed at a time.

  • The only things I've been able to grow in real heavy shade is sorrel. Going to try miner's lettuce too.

  • Your videos are so helpful! I'm 13 and have a small patch of my parent's garden…In the shade! This video is very factual and was so helpful in the process of solving my problem.

  • I have a raised bed against the north side of my house which is almost always in the shade. For several years in a row, I have successfully grown a variety of greens and lettuces there. The kale, collards, romaine lettuce, and swiss chard especially get huge there and by the end of the summer I have to resort to feeding the extra greenery to my chickens. And this bed only gets the weak early morning light and the weak evening sunlight. So I totally agree that greens and lettuce are perfect for growing in the shade. 🙂

  • Thanks, very helpful.
    I used your tips & am now growing a leaf lettuce & a large leaf heat hardy spinach in planter boxes made from plastic toddlers wading pools suitably drained with bored holes in total shade but with a white backdrop. The sunshine ends at the edge of the pools.
    This was especially beneficial growing both in 90 degree plus weather in Louisiana.

  • I live in North East Texas lots of trees and lots of heat, I find that many of my herbs and mints really do well in partial shade and most of the leafy vegetables do pretty well in shade as well . I do mostly container gardening because of bad knees I plant cucumbers in pots I put tomato cage down in the soil in the pot plant cucumbers at the supports in the ground and grow radishes in the middle works great!

  • We had a huge success with a garden that gets morning sun but starts to shade over after lunchtime. Gorgeous lettuces (butter and a lovely bitter red looseleaf) grew larger than I'd ever seen and didn't start to bolt until late June – and we live in a very hot climate. Chioggia beets did very well, as did carrots, baby lettuces, and new blackberry and strawberry plants that shipped live and needed to harden off a bit. Baby pak choy was doing well but we lost to ravenous ants. Will try them again now that we have our hungry friends under control as they can be harvested from seed in about 21 days!

  • Found it. Thanks

  • Planning to next year utilize part of my yard that is shaded, very helpful indeed. Thank you!

  • enjoyed your video iam glad to know that you can grow salad lettuce and other kinds of lettuce in shaded areas thanks for the tip

  • I gave you a thumbs up to great tips on how to grow in shade areas

  • You said, "lettuce know" Haha!

  • can potatos grow in shade?

  • 3:17 that poor worm!

  • I've found dill seems happy in a heavy clay very shady spot of the garden it self seeds every year.

  • 3-4 hrs of sun? I don't call that shade. I would love to know what grows in a garden shady all winter till the sun comes around.

  • Excellent information . thanks.YES Subbed.

  • i have a long bed that is shaded by a 6ft fence and the neighbor's overhanging apple trees. I have had great success growing corn, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, strawberries, raspberries and zucchinis that fruited prolifically. My potatoes grew great although seemed to have lower yields. The failures were cucumbers that stayed stunted before dieing and spaghetti squash which stayed stunted till the end of summer when it suddenly took of but the frost took it out before any squash formed. I also have a bed that is in shade till late afternoon that produced great snow peas and beans, last year i planted capsicum (bell peppers) that remained small yet started producing lots of small peppers at the end of summer. and this year (end of spring here now) i planted 2 zucchinis which are huge and fruiting, in the front of the bed i have tented brussel sprouts in curtains to avoided cabbage loopers and they are looking very healthy.

  • I really needed to hear this. Thank you so much!

  • Wild violets (Viola spp.) are called a lawn weed, but are delicious perennial greens. They make larger leaves in deep shade under other plants. I quit growing lettuce after I started eating viola leaves, too tasty. If they come up where you don't want them, eat those first. If they have a good root, replant the root elsewhere.

  • I live on the side of an apartment building that doesn't really get any sun, would I be able to grow anything on my balcony?

  • Thank you!

  • "beer" traps, or "bear" traps?

  • You killed that poor worm at 3:24

  • Great video sir. But can i know what can i grow in a 24/7 shady area?

  • I had trouble growing broccoli this year. I’m in zone 7 using raised beds. I I started from seed in late summer for a fall crop, but only got leaves. No green. What did I do wrong?

  • Cilantro will thrive and be slower to bolt in deep shade.

  • Well that's good news! I just moved to a new home with a garden that's partially shaded by neighbouring trees and fences and I was worried about what would grow! First step…To start my compost heap!

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