It is not always possible to choose the location of your vegetable garden and therefore the exposure to the sun of your plot of land! If many vegetables require a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of sun per day, be aware that many other vegetable plants are perfectly suited to less sunny and even shady exposure! Here are some tips for having a productive vegetable garden, even in the shade.

Become a Super Shadow Gardener!

It would be a shame to give up on your desires for a vegetable garden when you know that many vegetables, small fruits, condiments and aromatic plants will easily be enjoyed there. Even in the “worst” sunshine conditions, less than 3 hours a day, it is possible to consider crops!

Leafy vegetables in particular tolerate shady exposures rather well: lamb’s lettuce, asparagus, Swiss chard, ribbed celery, kale, garden cress, spinach, lettuce, leeks. As for root vegetables , radishes, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, storage carrots can also be grown in partial shade. Beets and turnips can grow in partial shade, although the size of the vegetables may be reduced. Plants of the Alliaceae family such as garlic, onion, shallot also do well.

Generally, fruit vegetables need a lot of sun to produce. However, beans seem to be an exception to the rule. You can try planting zucchini, taking care not to plant too tightly: only one plant per m². Even if a shady situation does not allow for planting large-fruited tomatoes, you have the option of growing small, cherry-type, or early tomatoes. On the other hand, forget eggplants, peppers and melons, which require full sun…

Aromatic plants are also included with chervil, chives, Chinese chives, lovage, mint, sorrel and parsley. Being undergrowth plants, small fruit plants such as strawberries, raspberries, mulberries also do very well in shaded exposure.

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Make shadow your best ally!

You don’t necessarily think about it, but a shady vegetable garden requires much less water for irrigation than a sunny vegetable garden, it’s a real strong point, especially in summer It therefore necessarily requires less time, energy and wasted water and that’s great! However, be careful not to water too much to prevent your plants from rotting or developing diseases linked to excess water.

Finally, during the winter season, vegetable gardens in the shade are sometimes even brighter, when the surrounding trees have lost their leaves. It is therefore often in winter and at the beginning of spring that we harvest the most in this situation! Take advantage of this parameter to give preference to sowing and planting autumn and winter vegetables.

Swiss chard, an essential leafy vegetable in shady vegetable gardens!
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