There is a huge amount of interest in growing your own food, but most edible plants need lots and lots of sunshine. What should you do if you are stuck with a shady balcony? Thanks to my friend Adriana over at Victory Home & Garden, I came across this list of plants that will thrive in the shade. I’ve linked each vegetable to Organic Gardening Magazine’s instructions for growing that type of plant.
My own lettuce plants (from last year) happily growing without direct sunlight.
- Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cress, and radicchio
- Cauliflower (follow the instructions for broccoli above)
- Brussels Sprouts (no article )
- Radishes (no article )
- Swiss Chard
- Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale
I can personally attest to the ability of lettuce, broccoli, beets, radishes, chard, and spinach to grow in the shade. I’ve also grown carrots in the shade without a problem. Beets and chard are beautiful, colorful plants, which is a bonus, as many of the plants often suggested for shade are on the boring side.