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 Post subject: Shade Edibles
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:28 pm 
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Just looking for shade to part shade edible ideas.

I am in PNW, Zone 8

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:48 pm 
True/full shade? Don't know of any reliable ones.

Part shade - as in at least a few hours of sun? Some herbs (chervil & parsley come to mind) & summer-grown lettuces.

Other than that, most edibles need a bare (& I do mean bare) minimum of 6 hours of sun to really flourish, produce, & remain healthy.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:11 pm 
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That's tough, most domestic food crops are selected to grow in large plots out in the open, shade loving plants aren't really suited to field culture. If you have sunny garden areas, you might consider just growing vigorous shade-loving ornamentals as a compost crop to help the sunny areas be more productive.

Nasturtiums are edible and vigorous and I've seen them growing on North facing border gardens that are mostly shaded. Tarragon and mint also seem to prefer less than full sun, well less than full CA sun at least.

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All I can think of is the native huckleberry and lettuce.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:48 pm 
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Yeah, those are about all I could think of as well. I am planning to put an Elderberry and a couple currants in the corner, but was looking for other edibles that might fill in. Mint, Parsley and Chives are the only ones I could think of. I have had all of these do well in part shade. The area gets about 3 hours of sun and 3 hours of filtered sun/shade.

Just thought I would go fishing for something I hadn't thought of yet.

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