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Veggies in part shade? Oh Yes!

Most people believe you must have full sun (about 8 hours) to plant all veggies.  And while I agree that full sun is optimal, it’s not necessary.  So says Jeff Gillman in his book ‘Decoding Gardening Advice’.

I highly recommend this book!  In fact, I interviewed Jeff on another show I do called “15 with the Author” on KYMN radio on another of his books called ‘How the Government got in your backyard”.  Click HERE to listen to the podcast.

Gillman says these vegetables/herbs need as little as 2 hours of direct sunlight (I would encourage dappled sun too):

  • Arugula
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
Swiss chard 'Bright Lights'

Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’

Worth a try in light shade – 4 to 6 hours of sunlight:

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Coriander aka Cilantro
  • Leek
  • Onions
  • Pea
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnip


Carrots 'Purple Dragon'

Carrots ‘Purple Dragon’


MUST have full sun 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight:

  • Cucumber
  • Egglplant
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
dried cherry tomatoes, pepper, heirloom tomato

dried cherry tomatoes, pepper, heirloom tomato

The plants that tolerate less sun also tolerate some light frost.  The warm season veggies shouldn’t be planted in soil temperatures any colder than 60 degrees, some books say 70!  I don’t plant my tomatoes or peppers before Memorial Day.

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