Shady vegetables

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Jbee

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Shady vegetables
« on: January 16, 2021, 12:44 »
Our plot lies alongside the canal which is very beautiful but is seriously shaded by trees. Any advice for vegetable varieties that can struggle but survive with this lack of bright light. Last year, our first, produced a mass of foliage but very little in the way of crop. Jb

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Goosegirl

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Re: Shady vegetables
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2021, 13:29 »
The abundant foliage could be due to the lack of light, an excess of nitrogen or both. I once grew some great caulis under an apple tree and I think the shade helped to prevent them "blowing." I'd get a simple test kit to see what the nutrient levels are like then get some fertiliser according to what is lacking and what there is a lot of then select your feed accordingly. Do a test trial with some brassicas and root crops like leeks to see how they go.
Spring always comes when we sow the seeds of life.

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Yorkie

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Re: Shady vegetables
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2021, 13:42 »
Leafy veg don't mind too much shade, as they don't have flowers.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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hasbeans

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Re: Shady vegetables
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2021, 14:56 »
I've got a couple of pots of Wasabi that are almost vampiric in that they only seem to like deep shade.  I've not dug them yet to see if there's any worthwhile root though.

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Re: Shady vegetables
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2021, 15:44 »
that's interesting Goosegirl what your saying about growing cauliflowers in the shade as we never seem to get summer cauliflowers to go but we have some branches over our plot that shade the ground so  this mite be the answer for growing some decent cauliflowers good reply good reply my lovely  :D

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Re: Shady vegetables
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2021, 16:03 »
I grow some pretty decent cabbage in shade, also leeks, chard, mustard greens, salads and spinach.  I was going to try caulies in this spot this year as well as they bolted last year when we got that dry, sunny spring.

Soft fruit is fairly tolerant of shade as well.

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Ema

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Re: Shady vegetables
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2021, 18:26 »
This year next to a hedge Iíve grown 2 varieties of kale, purple sprouting broccoli, mustard greens, cabbages and a few leek



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