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The 10 best vegetable plants you can grow in the shade

Who says you need full sun to grow a bounty of veggies? Many of our favourite greens, like beetroot, radishes, and salad leaves, are actually just fine with a little shade. And for some, it's even better! With some protection from the sun, you won't have to water as often. Plus, some crops, like salad greens, can get a bit heat-stressed in full sun and will actually grow more lushly in the shade.

So, without further ado, here are 10 delicious vegetables that you can grow in the shade:

1. Chard

Young leaves are perfect for salads and the bigger leaves are great cooked like spinach. 'Bright Lights' has stunning, colourful stems!

2. Brassicas

All brassicas are happy in the shade, so try growing Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spring greens, or Brussels Sprouts. For best results, grow them inside a brassica cage (cover with an insect mesh to protect them from pests).

3. Beetroot

Sow seeds in bright conditions to get the plants off to a strong start and then transplant to your shady area. Some good varieties include 'Boltardy,' 'Burpee's Golden,' and 'Chioggia.'

4. Salad Leaves

Loose-leaf lettuces, spicy rocket / mizuna, and more can be grown in the shade.

5. Kohlrabi

The swollen stems are perfect for roasting, stews, or salads. Check out our growing guide for Kohlrabi.

6. Radishes

Ready to eat in just a few weeks and great for adding a spicy crunch to your salads.

7. Carrots

Can handle a bit of afternoon shade and there are even pest-resistant varieties available. Find out more at our Carrots Growing Guide.

8. Leeks

Need a little sun, but can tolerate some shade too. See our Leeks Growing Guide for details on how to successfully get from seed to harvest!

9. Kale

A hardy green that will thrive in light shade. Our Kale Growing Guide will keep you right.

10. Broad Beans

Dappled shade is just perfect for these tasty legumes.

So, now you have a list of the best vegetables to grow in the shade, why not give it a try this growing season? Not only will you be able to enjoy fresh, delicious produce from your own garden, but you'll also be able to make the most of those shady areas in your plot. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, growing your own food is a fun and rewarding experience. Happy planting!


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