Most of you, by now, have planted your survival garden. You are now counting down the days until you can harvest these vegetables that you have been caring for all season long. Some of you, however, may have left the partially shaded areas of the garden empty, thinking that your vegetables may not have successful growth in those areas.
The truth is, there are vegetables that can and will grow in these partially shaded areas. All plants, however, do require some sunlight throughout the day, so be sure that these shaded areas also receive a little sunlight as well.
I’m going to share with you a list of vegetables that can have total success in these shaded areas. Your garden will be complete, and you will have more vegetables to harvest at the end of the season. Sounds good to you? Great! Let’s get started!
11 Shade Loving Plants & Vegetables For Your At Home Garden
Because it is later in the gardening season, in my opinion, I suggest planting vegetables that are already established such as a decent sized starter plant, for example.
Beets are extremely easy to grow and are quite hardy! They require about 4 hours of sunlight a day, preferably in the afternoon.
This delicious vegetable takes its time in the growing process. In fact, it can take 2–3 years for it to produce any asparagus. Planting a well established asparagus plant is key if you want to harvest this plant sooner, rather than later. The asparagus plant is well worth the wait!
This vegetable can be grown in partially shaded areas but, does require about 6–8 hours of sunlight a day.
Broccoli is the perfect shade loving plant for your garden. It thrives in cooler temperatures so, naturally, it does quite well in the shade. Broccoli needs only about 4 hours of sun a day, preferably in the afternoon.
4. Summer Squash
Summer squash is another vegetable that loves shaded areas and is easy to grow. They do, however, require about 3–4 hours of sunlight a day.
5. Brussel Sprouts
This tasty little cruciferous vegetable can also be grown in partially shaded areas. They only require about 5 hours of sun a day, preferably in the afternoon. (be sure to try them roasted!)
This nutritious plant loves partial shade. In fact, the shade helps the plant from bolting. Spinach requires about 3–4 hours of sun a day, preferably in the afternoon.
Cauliflower plants love the shade and cooler temperatures and would make a perfect addition to those partially shaded areas of your garden. This vegetable requires about 3-4 hours of sun a day, preferably in the afternoon.
This fast-growing root vegetable does well in partial shade. They only require about 4 hours of sun a day, preferably in the afternoon.
This plant loves cooler temperatures so, in my opinion, would do quite well in the shaded areas of your garden. Celery only requires about 3 hours of sunlight a day, preferably in the afternoon.
Since this vegetable is grown underground, it would make a good candidate for those partially shady spots. Even though potatoes grow underneath the soil, they still need sunlight to be nice and healthy. I would say about 5–6 hours of sunlight a day would be perfect.
Like spinach, kale is also a shade loving plant. Also, like spinach, the shade helps the plant from bolting. Kale requires about 3–4 hours of sun a day, preferably in the afternoon.
Do you have success growing vegetables in the shaded areas of your garden? Do you have any other suggestions for shade loving plants that should be kept in your garden? Share your success with us in the comments below.
Check out my previous articles on survival gardening. Happy gardening everyone!
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- Companion Plants To Benefit Your Survival Garden
- 4 Organic DIY Insect Sprays For Your Survival Garden
- Composting For Beginners | The Building Blocks To A Better Harvest
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Jun 29, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.