Shady Garden Space

I’ve spent the past couple of days clearing out this spot to make room for my strawberries. I pulled weeds, hoed, raked rocks and sticks aside, and turned what was an overgrown area into a nice place to plant.

I’d planned on hoeing up mounded rows to transplant my strawberries to, and I was going to mulch all around the rows with straw to create a nice weed free home for my plants to get established in before next Spring.

But after all the work was done and I sat back very pleased with myself, it occurred to me that the majority of the time I’d worked on clearing this area, I had been in the shade.

And then I asked myself, “Self, do strawberries grow in partial sun?”

My gardening books answered that one for me, with a big, fat NO.

Strawberries do not do well in partial shade. Well, most varieties don’t anyways.

You just don’t know how tempted I was to plant them there anyways. I NEED to get them transplanted now! But my better judgment came in and I knew it would be a waste of time and effort to put my little plants somewhere where they wouldn’t thrive.

And so, I am now left wondering what to plant in this garden spot now that it’s all nice and ready to go. What grows well in partial sun? Potatoes? Peanuts?? Anything in particular that you would recommend?

I also get to try to find somewhere else to put my strawberries. Fooey.

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  1. this looks so much like my yard…i have a flower bed with old rose bushes in it and I planted some tomatoes and peppers in it. did OK but not too plentiful cause of the shade.

  2. My lettuce did, not great, but okay in the shady areas. Beets and radishes did pretty well, as did spinach. I had trouble with thyme and oregano, but that might have just been because of inexperience on my part. Not sure how shady your area is. I planted poblanos and jalapenos in an area that gets equal parts shade and sun, and they are both doing very well.

  3. Is it possible to cut down a few of the trees around? Thinning out the surrounding area might give you enough sun for strawberries. We grow peas and chard and kale on the shady side of our garden. Jessica is right that lettace might be a good thing too, but you probably don’t need that much lettace. I’d grow any tender plant here. Just watch out for bugs.

  4. Lettuce, greens, potatoes in hotter times of year, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants. Those are the edibles that come to mind. Peas and some beans will grow in partial shade as will onions if the drainage is good. I do think that strawberries might do okay though in the partial shade. BTW, I did a post on this a month or so ago which is where I got all this great adivce. 🙂

  5. Definitely *not* peanuts. I can’t even do peanuts up here in 10 solid hours of sun.

    I’d go with things that are cold/shady like lettuces and brassicas. If it’s really nice and sandy soil with decent water/drainage, I’d be tempted to put in some asparagus. Or plantain. Or thyme. Or mint. 🙂 Oh, and my raspberries very much prefer partial shade to full-sun, so that might be a fun option.

  6. An herb garden! Many herbs do very well in partial sun, including both culinary and medicinal uses. Lettuce was a good suggestion as well!

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