Top Questions About Shade Gardening

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Questions About Shade Gardening

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 9, 2010

Q. Indirect Sunlight

I would like to start a garden in my courtyard. Each part of the courtyard only receives about 1 hour of direct sunlight a day (there is a small patch of light that travels from one end of the courtyard to the other). The rest of the time there is a lot of indirect sunlight. It is sheltered from the wind and I am based in Sydney, so about to go into a summer that is hot and dry with the occasional heavy thunderstorm. I’d like to have a mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Can you recommend anything in particular?

Answered by
Heather on
November 11, 2010
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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 3, 2011

Q. Shade and Noon Sun

I have a problem! my front yard is shaded most of the morning and afternoon, but gets about two hours of noon sun. I have some shepherd hooks and would like to hang some bright potted flowers, but I don’t know what would work in that kind of sun. I can’t move the hooks anywhere else in the yard. Do you have any suggestions?

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Nikki on
February 4, 2011
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Anonymous on
February 21, 2011

Q. Raised Vegetable Plot in Part Shade

This is my first attempt at veggies. It’s in an area with semi shade. I’m planning two 8 x 4 raised beds (3 sleepers deep). Is it workable?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 21, 2011
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The following article should be of some help to you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/raised-vegetable-gardens.htm

While the size of your garden does not seem to be an issue, you may want to consider the shade aspect. How much shade exactly? Most vegetables require at least 6 hours of sun for optimal growth.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 22, 2011

Q. Planting in Shade

I have a very narrow, small garden that is half shaded by a large hedge — morning sun on hedge side and afternoon sun on opposite side. The soil under the hedge never dries out much. I also have soil between paving slabs that are in need of ground cover — something fast growing and easily maintained would be great. What would I need to have a small, yet pretty, and practical garden. I love flowers!!

Answered by
Nikki on
March 23, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 30, 2011

Q. Shade Trees

I have several shade trees where grass will not grow. I would like to plant some plants that would live in the shady area (maybe Ivy). What are your suggestions?

Answered by
jasonlseward on
April 12, 2011
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English Ivy should do fine in the shade but will try to climb the tree. I assume grass if what you're after since you implied in the question you'd had trouble with it here in the past. I suggest 'Shadow Turf' if you want grass. It's a zoyza hybrid I think. I've got some growing in an area that NEVER gets ANY direct sunlight and it looks great. Note: It's only sold in plugs and it's SLOW growing, which with be frustrating when your starting out, but satisfying when you never have to mow.

Info here: http://www.turffalo.com/pages/sturf.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 22, 2011

Q. Columnar Evergreen Shrub or Tree

Unfortunately, a requirement was made of a homeowner to plant evergreen screening (to grow at least 9 feet high) in a 5′ wide strip of land between their house and the property line. The area to be planted is on the north side of the house (in NJ) is very shaded and has large hemlocks and bamboo growing on the neighbor’s property to the north. The soil isn’t the best, and the hemlocks and bamboo take up the soil moisture. What would you recommend to be planted? Spruces and rhododendron planted here have died. I was even thinking of English ivy on a trellis since the area is so narrow and shaded.

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Nikki on
April 22, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 27, 2011

Q. Vegetables

Are there vegetables that can grow in part-time shade? I have an area that gets good sun until about 2:00 pm and then begins to be shady.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 28, 2011
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