Friday, 29 June 2012

Vegetables to grow in part shaded areas

It's a common mistaken belief that all vegetables need full sun to grow. Although this is true for vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and marrows, there are others where partially shaded areas will still produce a good crop. Partially shaded areas are those which still enjoy about 4-6 hours of daily sunlight. Thses can be areas under trees or shaded by buildings, walls or fences. As an added benefit vegetables grown in partially shaded areas will not need as much water.

As a basic rule, plants grown for the fruit or roots need full sun but those grown for buds, leaves, or stems are suitable for partially shaded areas.

The following crops will happily grow in partially shaded areas:

1.   All types of salad crops
2.   Broccoli
3.   Cauliflower
4.   Peas
5.   Brussels Sprouts
6.   Radishes
7.   Swiss Chard
8.   Spinach
9.   Beans
10. Kohl Rabi

Knowing these crops will succeed in shaded areas will allow you to better plan your garden to grow the maximum amount of produce.


  1. Hello, I've just found your site and blog and it's great to have so much info. We are starting a permaculture project in Alentejo, Portugal, on a very steep bit of ground... and next to a windmill. It's very windy.As it's early days, I am trying not to be disappointed by my gardening results, but was wondering if you had any advice about artificial shading while we wait for trees, etc., to grow, for stuff like salads, and nearly everything else, at the moment. It has been very hot and very windy. I intend to make some green shade netting 'tents' to see if that helps...

  2. Good luck with your project in Portugal. I would have suggested green shade netting but you are trying that. If secured well against the wind it should provide protection from the wind and sufficient shade for your vegetables.