|New Zealand spinach in partial shade|
Inspired by Scott Kleinrock’s work at the Huntington Ranch, I’ve been experimenting with growing vegetables in partial shade. Two of our vegetable beds sit under two large deciduous trees. In the winter these beds get full sun, but in the summer they might get as a little as four or five hours of direct sun.
Now my shade gardening experiment may not be applicable to northern climates. In fact, the sun is so harsh here that partial shade can be a good thing, in that it keeps more delicate veggies from drying up and blowing away.
What has worked in our partially shaded beds:
- New Zealand spinach
- tomatoes (not as much growth as in the sun, but they are fruiting)
- Swiss chard
- dandelion greens
Growing but struggling:
- bush beans (cover crop)
For more information on growing in the shade, check out this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Best Edibles to Grow in Shade in the Bay Area“
Also, follow Scott Kleinrock’s research on the Huntington Ranch blog.
And I’m interested in hearing other people’s experiences growing vegetables in the shade so please leave some comments noting where you live.