What to Grow in Your Shade Vegetable Container Garden

Posted on Nov 19 2010 - 3:24am by Mike Lieberman

One of the questions that I frequently get asked is what vegetables can be grown in a shady garden. Most of us that grow in an urban environment are faced with this situation.

I’ve been growing for about 1.5 years between my fire escape garden and now my balcony garden. Both gardens received at max 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

That didn’t stop me from attempting to grow veggies that required more sun. Those attempts were unsuccessful. I now know that tomatoes and cucumbers won’t do well given my current environment.

Besides what I can’t grow, luckily, I have learned some veggies that grow great in the shade. Here’s a short list of ones that I’ve had success with:

  • Lettuces
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Parsely
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro and dill (I’m likely stretching it with those two)

Here’s others that I’ve been told grow well in the shade as well:

  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Watercress
  • Collard greens
  • Pretty much any dark leafy green
  • This is by no means a comprehensive list, but just what I’ve learned from my experiences thus far.

    What else would you add to this list?