Top Questions About Shade Gardening

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Questions About Shade Gardening

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 15, 2011

Q. Hours of Sunlight Needed for Vegetables

I have a small plot for my vegetable garden in my backyard. It only gets about 5 or 6 hours of sunlight a day due to the shade from my house. Can I plant any vegetables or herbs that require that few hours of sunlight a day?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 16, 2011
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Most vegetable plants will grow in an area that gets 5-6 hours of sun. They may not grow as large as plants who get more sun, but 5 hours is the minimum for vegetables to be able to produce a worthwhile crop. So, I think you can plant anything you like there. But there are some veggies that do best in that light condition. These include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and spinach.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 1, 2011

Q. Shady Areas

The area I’m wanting to start growing vegetables is very shady and possibly gets only a couple of hours a day of sunshine. What are the best vegetables to grow that only need a smaller amount of sunlight?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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I'm afraid your choices here are very limited. Leafy vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, and greens do well with limited sunlight, making good choices for shady areas. However, most other types of vegetables require at least 4-6 hours of sunlight each day. Choices here can include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, beans, carrots, radishes, and vine crops such as squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers.

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Asked by
DTack on
June 14, 2011

Q. Front Lawn Landscape Dilemma

I recently purchased a home. Well, the previous owner had a large ivy bed in the front lawn with a tree in it. We ended up cutting the tree down and I began the pain staking process of killing all of the ivy that was growing uncontained. The problem is that now I have a very large area where there is no grass growing. It looks awful. The rest of my lawn is fescue and looks good (I live in Memphis, TN). I can’t get fescue sod where I am and bermuda sod won’t grow in the shaded area anyways. I’m thinking of maybe making a raised bed there with some monkey grass or something in it. Any ideas?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 15, 2011
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Answered by
mollybabygirl on
June 14, 2011
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I am from Illinois so not to sure of your weather. I would put 3ft. Perennial plants for shade around the circle not to close to the tree. Then in front of that I would plant 12" to 18" shady perennials. Not sure if there is any sun anytime of the day. Well, hope this will help you.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 15, 2011

Q. Shade Plants

I llive in southern Michigan. What plants grow great in shade? The back end of our lot is all shade from trees and I want to put in a raised garden there. What plants can I plant?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 15, 2011
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Asked by
whatmepodo on
June 21, 2011

Q. Which Vegetables (if Any) Grow in Mostly Shady Areas?

I have a small plot (approximately 3′ x 22′) that gets very limited sun. Are there any vegetables that might grow there?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 22, 2011
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Asked by
newgardener on
July 1, 2011

Q. Shade-loving plants for clay soil

I have a clay-soiled, shady area of my garden and would like to begin a planted feature there. I don’t know how to start or which evergreen shrubs and low maintenance perennials I could possibly use. Could someone help me please?

Answered by
Heather on
July 6, 2011
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Hostas are a good choice for this type of location. Lily of the valley, hydrangea and beebalm are also very hardy shade plants.

As for shrubs, yews are a good choice.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 26, 2011

Q. Grass for a Shady Lawn in North Georgia

I need advice on what grass to plant in a shady lawn. The location is 40 miles north of Atlanta, Ga.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 26, 2011
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