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Shade Vegetable Garden Elevated Bed Spring

Traditionalists believe that full sun is the most important ingredient to success for herbs and vegetables, yet not everyone gets 6 to 8 (or more) hours of sun per day on their homes and balconies. Some get only partial sun and shade (4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day), and others have full shade
(less than 4 hours of direct sunlight per day). When considering herbs and vegetables for lower light conditions, remember that shade equals no fruits and no roots. In other words, large fruiting plants such as tomatoes cannot produce abundantly in shade. Neither can root plants such as potatoes and beets. Growing root vegetables in shade means you will get far more leaf than root. It’s the same with the fruiting plants; you’ll get lots of greenery and very little fruit production.

Growing shade vegetables is easy and a fantastic solution for tight spaces such as balconies, patios, and fence lines. Watch the video sponsored by the Wave Petunia company to get a better idea of how to grow in part shade. You can see the vegetables and plants that I used and I included a list of part shade vegetables and herbs below.

Video here –


• Arugula
• Beet greens
• Collards
• Endive
• Herbs – leafy does best
• Kale
• Lettuces
• Malabar spinach
• Mustard greens
• Pak choi
• Rhubarb
• Spinach
• Swiss chard
• Turnip greens

Special thanks to Wave Petunias for providing the herbs, vegetables, and flowers used in this Grow a Shade Vegetable Garden video. Visit to learn more. Thanks to Gronomics for the beautiful elevated beds and Organic Mechanics Soil for the worm casting filled organic soil.

Shade Vegetable Garden Elevated Bed
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