Vegetables You Can Grow in Shade

We all know, that most vegetables need lots of sun and water in order to grow, blossom and give any fruit at all. This is why it’s very important for your garden to have a good exposition to light, and it also needs to be protected from the wind and the cold air flow. But unfortunately not all gardens meet all these conditions, which makes it a little harder for the gardeners to grow certain vegetables. But the nature has given such a great variety of different plants, that it actually doesn’t matter how our garden is situated. We can still find something to grow in it, even if it’s not the thing we wanted to grow in the first place. The nature has given us plenty of shade loving vegetables, which are as much delicious as the sun loving ones. To set your mind at peace, here is a list of vegetables you can grow in shade.

Leaf lettuce. The leaf lettuce is a very gentle vegetable, which can easily dry up in the sun, so the shady gardens are it’s favourite habitat. It’s story goes back to even Ancient Egypt, where they used to

grow it too. It’s colours are mostly green, but there are a few varieties of the plant, where the leaves are a little purple.


The lettuce also has a wide variety when it comes to the shapes and sizes of the leaves. They can be either curly or absolutely flat, the sizes vary from very small to giant ones. The consistency of the vegetable itself can also be quite different for the different sorts.

Broccoli. The broccoli is a very curious vegetable, which comes from the cabbage family. It’s also a very useful and healthy plant, which has lots of good qualities. For once, it’s high in vitamin C and dietary fibre, which makes it a perfect choice for people who want to lose a few pounds and live healthy. This precious vegetable also contains many nutrients, which have strong anti cancer properties, which is just a big gift from nature. Eating broccoli can only help you and your family.

PeasPeas. The pea is a very curious small vegetable, which likes shade and normal temperatures. The small peas grow inside a pot, which protects them from outside harm until they are all grown. Peas are annual plants, which prefer a little cooler temperatures, which means spring would be the perfect time to grow them. Unfortunately, peas are very gentle, which means they often fall victims to different diseases and sometimes pests. This is why every professional gardener in Sydney and the area would advise you to be very careful with the choice of fertiliser, and to observe the plants closely every few days.

CauliflowerCauliflower. The cauliflower is another quite amazing shade loving vegetable, which can be grown in practically every garden. It’s a normal annual plant, which is usually reproduced by seed. The only part which is actually used for food is the head, which looks a little like a very big flower. The cauliflower resembles a lot the broccoli, but the colours of the heads are different - the broccoli is mostly green, while the head of the cauliflower is white in most cases. This vegetable is very low in fat and carbohydrates, but it’s very high in dietary fibre, vitamin C, water and foliate, which makes it perfect for losing weight.

BeetrootBeetroot. The beetroot is also widely known by the names red beet, garden beet, table beet or even just beet. It’s a very healthy and useful shade loving vegetable, which is grown for its roots. People have to either boil, grill or roast them in order to be able to eat them. Some people eat them also raw, but you have to pick only small and young vegetables if you’re going to do it. It’s proven that the beetroot has many useful qualities, one of which is increasing the level of red blood cells in our bodies.

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  1. Nice post for people with gardens with no good exposition to light, I can also add asparagus and turnip cabbage.

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