What vegetables grow well in afternoon shade?
Part of my garden receives afternoon shade. Are there any vegetables that would grow there? The rest of the garden has full sun.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Most vegetables require 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Watch the sunshine patterns on that part of your garden, and make note of how long the sun shines directly on it. With 4-5 hours of direct sun, you can get a crop of bush beans, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, summer squash, or rhubarb. If your area receives less than 4 hours of sunlight, you should lean toward salad crops, such as lettuce, spinach, or chard; they will tolerate more shade than fruit-bearing crops. Those crops may also actually last longer in the shady garden, because they won't get too hot in summer sun and go to seed as readily.

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Community Answers (2)

Lettuce will do well especially if you planted it late because the heat of the summer causes it to bolt.
Submitted by jcbymitchell