My First Garden in a mostly shaded area...
- eviemichael Jun 22, 2010 01:00 AM
I finally got designated an area for gardening in my family's apartment building area.
I live in a coastal suburb of Athens, Greece- so as you probably know, the climate is very hot in the summer and we have mild winters.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the area is very shady. I'm not sure if this matters since the climate is mild and it gets indirect light...
There is construction going on in the house so we will probably start planting in September and its still warm but not as scorching hot as August.
Any suggestions? My aunt thinks I should put an apricot tree.
Thanks in advance!! Im very excited about my first garden. :)
really? What zone are you in? what are you doing differently?
I have 5 large containers each with either tomatillos or tomatoes... right now I am carting those bad boys to the full sun part of my property - my front lawn unfortunately... the containers are getting so heavy and I would like to relocate them to the backyard where we have maybe 2-3 hours of sun tops but I can't bear to see them whither away after all that work.
yes, i have to move them daily as i don't want to leave them on our front lawn. we live in the city and while they remain undisturbed during the day, i fear they will be messed with in the cover of night. It was easy when they were seedlings... but now it won't be long before they outgrow the cages.
I should have purchased planted cherry type tomatoes instead I have black zebras.
In my backgarden where I get less sun, I am growing lettuces, cress, radishes, bush beans, and swiss chard.
I have a shaded garden area (about 4 hours sun a day) that I use mostly for lettuce, basil, asian vegetables, peas, cress, kale, garlic, broccoli, herbs and growing shrub seedlings. But cherry and grape tomatoes (and a few others), pole beans, and small cucumbers do suprisingly well here as well. I have moved most of my brussel sprouts, squash and bush beans to an area with at least 6 hours sun a day in summer, and my other tomatoes, cabbage and peppers to self-watering containers I put on the edge of my driveway to get more sun. (Do you have a balcony with sun? Containers might do well there.) Fruit trees generally need sun, but my son (in another state) has some apple trees in partially shaded locations that seem to do well.
I have a similar situation, Mediterranean climate in South Africa, maybe 2 hrs of dappled sun a day in summer.
I planted a little bit of a lot of things my first summer, and from that I got a good idea of what would and wouldn't grow.
Generally things with big fruit (melons, large tomatoes) need at least 6 hrs full sun. While I have got some fruit from those in shade, it's not really worth the space for three tomatoes! Other things will tolerate shade, but will grow more slowly (consider putting in seedlings rather than seeds for a head start) and will yield less.
And it's also worth asking people in your area with shade gardens which VARIETIES do well with less sun. Not all green beans, for example, are created equal in terms of yield in shade, although I've had a lot of fun growing about six varieties to work out what does best in my garden!
I think with a shade garden it's doubly important to make sure your soil is good and rich.
Things I will be planting again this summer:
peas (can't grow these in full sun in summer here, actually a winter crop for me, but in the shade they do not do too badly)
runner beans (this surprised me, but they are pretty hardy)
nasturtiums (pretty AND edible and shade-friendly)
Chard would do well too, but I just don't eat it in the summer months
And while zucchini really do need sun to fruit, if you want them for their blossoms you might get enough for them to be worth the space.