One of the biggest reasons I hear for not starting a veggie garden is “I only have shade”, or “There are so many trees around me, I have no sun”.
Did you know that there are some veggies that do great in the shade? Greens, including salad greens, and root crops like carrots and potatoes do well in the shade, along with some herbs. They do take a little bit longer to mature, but the shade also helps to prevent bolting of some of the best shade lovers like lettuce, spinach, and kale.
They do need between 2-3 hours of sun a day, but many large trees have bare spots that allow for the sun to break through. You could trim some lower branches to get some low morning and afternoon sun. Another bonus to a shade veggie garden, cooler work temperatures when you’re out there!
Does this inspire you to start a shade veggie garden? Are you lovin’ the shade yet?
Well today I decided to take some photos of what’s been going on in my garden over the last couple of days!
A couple of tomatoes harvested! Yes, I did need to force them, but they are so tasty, I snuck a few prior to this photo….
And a couple of ears of corn… Popcorn. I hope that they matured enough to be cooperative when I try to pop them! They look like odd strawberries, but they are popcorn.
And here’s whats going on in the fall garden…
Brussel Sprouts: Broccoli and Spinach:
Kale and Arugula:
I am planning on covering these little guys here shortly! They are cold and sick of the wind. I am waiting on Molbaks to get different sizes of their grow guards in stock. Hopefully here shortly. I tried to get some windows today to get a cold frame going, but the pickup was an HOUR before I got there! An hour! As my dear husband said, Guess it just wasn’t meant to be!
What do you have going in your garden? Send photos! We are always looking for guests to showcase their gardens and give a different point of view! Send photos to northwestveggies @ gmail.com
Another addition to my fall garden will be kale. Yes kale. While I was getting married last week it was on the menu at my mom’s home. I hadn’t tried it before, but I gave it a whorl.
She prepared it simply, just steamed and served. She said that usually she’ll add bacon fat to the mix, but even without it was good. It had the taste of spinach, but was a thicker, heavier texture.
Will you be adding kale?