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Shade-loving edibles

Shade edibles

Just outside our main door, the bed up against the trailer faces west toward a stand of trees and barely gets any direct sun. I could have put flowers there, but I wanted to set out edibles. But what enjoys nearly full shade?

Herbs are a great choice for this kind of situation since they often get too strong-flavored/bitter under the peak summer sun. Both the mint and the basil in this bed grow slower than their compatriots in the main garden, but they taste a lot better at this time of year too.

An ultra-early lettuce bed is another good solution. In fact, my mid-July planting is doing so well, I'm thinking of setting out some spinach seeds while the ground is still wet and cool.

How about you? What edibles have you installed in shady locations in your garden with good results?

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Most of our greens are in a partial/dappled shade area - spinach, cabbage, bok choi, chard, sorrel. For herbs, the basil (miniature and genovese) and oregano are doing pretty well in the mostly-shaded areas. The dill is fussy - it wants sun, but gets scalded so easily, so it's been going in the partial/dappled shade area too. Our honeyberries, red currants, and huckleberries are in a mostly shaded spot and while they grow slowly, seem to be happier than when they were in full sun.
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