growing stuff in almost permanent shade

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Farmer Fred

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growing stuff in almost permanent shade
« on: March 24, 2007, 21:28 »
about half my back yard recieves very little sunlight at all, getting a tiny bit first thing, but then next door blocks any direct sunlight for the rest of the day. Most of the other half of the garden, (the bit where my plots are) gets sunlight from late morning to the evening. is there anything that will grow well without needing a lot of direct sunlight, or will i be better just to leave that part of the yard alone?
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WG.

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2007, 21:36 »
Hamburg Parsley

Now you say "almost permanent shade" and then "without needing a lot of direct sunlight" ... these are very different.  If it gets some light then spinach, beetroot and lettuce could all be worth an experiment.  Comfrey tolerates light shade.

I find that garlic grows quite well in areas shaded by deciduous trees; this because it does a lot of its growing while the trees are bare.

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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2007, 21:47 »
Quote from: "whisky_golf"
Hamburg Parsley

Now you say "almost permanent shade" and then "without needing a lot of direct sunlight" ... these are very different.  If it gets some light then spinach, beetroot and lettuce could all be worth an experiment.  Comfrey tolerates light shade.

I find that garlic grows quite well in areas shaded by deciduous trees; this because it does a lot of its growing while the trees are bare.


it gets  maybe an hour sunlight in the early morning, and then its in shade the rest of the day.

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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2007, 21:51 »
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it gets  maybe an hour sunlight in the early morning, and then its in shade the rest of the day.

Hope you like Hamburg Parsley then!   :D   Try some of the other suggestions in the least shaded shady parts.  Plant at an increased spacing to compensate.

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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2007, 21:53 »
dont suppose ya have a brick wall opposite the bed do ya ,,,,,,, if so paint it white to reflect light back onto ya crops ... :wink:
still alive /............

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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2007, 23:38 »
purple sprouting broccoli does really well in the shade too.
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WG.

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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2007, 07:40 »
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purple sprouting broccoli does really well in the shade too.

Good to know.  I'll certainly be trying that.



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