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Old 06-07-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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In my yard there are 2 large trees plus bushes(not sure if they are or not) that provide a lot of shade (almost the entire yard). My yard is pointing west. It's going to cost a lot to get rid of those 2 trees, plus the 2 trees are growing on me (keeps the yard cool and shaded). But I also want a vegetable garden. Is it possible to grow vegetables in the shade?

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:33 AM   #2
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I would ask the local mill or independent garden center this question, as growing conditions vary a lot. Also, particularly with minimal sun and whatever affect the trees may have, I would take a few small scoops of soil to be analyzed, so that they can advise you of any nutrients that may need to be added to aid growth in this area.

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I've got a heavily shaded yard,too. I gave up on a vegetable patch years ago--just didn't work for me.
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we have similar problem living in area with trees all around. We found container, growing in pots, with good soil allowed for optimal placement and good water/ nutrient control. we seem to get higher yields also
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Most veges are annuals and have a lot to accomplish in a few short months. Which requires food, water and lots of sunlight. You might have some luck with leafy lettuces and things but you will be dissapointed with most other things.
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In my zone you can grow lots of green tomatoes in the shade, but they won't ever ripen all the way.

Consider non-traditional locations that get at least several hours of sun. Our neighborhood has lots of front yard veggie gardens. Some as small as 4x4.

Talk to your sunny neighbors. I lend some of my veggie box space to my neighbors who are shade-bound.

I know nothing tastes better than a home grown tomato (I've got 18 tomatoes, 12 peppers, pole beans, snow peas, and lots and lots of basil). But consider a CSA (community supported agriculture) - look it up and eat locally.

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In my yard there are 2 large trees plus bushes(not sure if they are or not) that provide a lot of shade (almost the entire yard). My yard is pointing west. It's going to cost a lot to get rid of those 2 trees, plus the 2 trees are growing on me (keeps the yard cool and shaded). But I also want a vegetable garden. Is it possible to grow vegetables in the shade?

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As said, veggies need lots of sun. That being said, I was able to grow lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard in a shady area last year. The area isn't comletely shaded, but does have a fence next to it, as well as some large trees nearby. My pepper plants didn't like the area at all. While the pepper plants grew, they never got enough sun to actually fruit.

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