Most of us think that in order to have a productive and healthy vegetable garden, we need a sunny spot, but actually there are plants that thrive in the shade. Tomatoes, squash and peppers are some vegetables that need the sun to grow and ripe but today we want to talk about 10 plants that don't really need the heat in order to grow.
The main thing that you must know when planting vegetables in the sun or in the shade is that if you grow your plant for the fruit or the root it needs a lot of sun, but if you grow it for the stems, buds or leaves, it's better to keep it away from the sun. Easy right? But also you must know that no vegetable will fully grow if the sun if on it all day long. But the plants from the list below will be productive if they have 3 to 6 hours of sun or constant shade, per day.
So here is what you can grow in the shade:
• Swiss Chard
• Brussels Sprouts
• green salads like lettuce, arugula, endive, and cress.
• leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale.
There are also some advantages in growing vegetables in a spot where is a lot of shade. For example, you will not have to use so much water and plants that usually grow quick in the sun, like the spinach and the lettuce will grow slower but bigger. Also you will be able to have plants that are even more productive.
Before starting your own vegetable garden, you should read about different plants in order to see which is the best place for them. And if you have a place in your garden with a lot of sun, use it to plant tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, squash and corn, as they need sun to grow.
If you don't have to much space in your garden, you can use containers to grow vegetables like lettuce and radishes. To have a bigger production, you can grow some of the plants from the list above in the garden, as well in containers, in a spot with shade.
So are you ready to get started on you own vegetable garden?