26 Vegetables That You Can Grow In Partial Shade

If you’re starting your own veggie garden, you may be wondering which vegetables don’t need full sun to grow. This informative article will give you 26 ideas for vegetables that can grow in partial shade.

Growing your own veggie garden can be very exciting and rewarding. If you’re new to gardening, you may be under the impression that all vegetables need full sun to thrive. This can be a worry if you have lots of shade in your garden. Luckily, there are many vegetables that don’t need full sun, and even thrive in partial shade.

Certain vegetables are actually better off in partial shade than in full sun. For example, carrots grow more foliage in full sun, but in partial shade they grow less foliage and larger carrots. Radishes and turnips also do better in partial shade. There are many other vegetables that thrive in partial shade, so check out the article to learn more.

Full Sun Vegetables

cucumber growing on vine

“Full sun” means a minimum of six hours (usually at least 8) of sunlight per day. For at least six hours, the sun should be directly shining onto the plants nearly every day of the season. Obviously inclement weather and overcast days are not counted. No artificial shade (trees, buildings, etc) are blocking sunlight from full-sun veggies.

  1. Cucumbers
  2. Eggplant
  3. Peppers
  4. Squash
  5. Tomatoes

Partial Sun Vegetables

cauliflower plant

Partial Sun are vegetables that require at least four hours of sunlight per day, but often thrive with less than six hours of direct sunlight. These are usually listed as “partial sun” or “partial shade” veggies in garden stores. Partial sun usually means that the plant could still do well with more sun, and partial shade often means that the plant would do better with four to six hours as a maximum.

  1. Beans
  2. Beets
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cabbage
  5. Carrots
  6. Cauliflower
  7. Coriander
  8. Leek
  9. Onions
  10. Pea
  11. Radish
  12. Rutabaga
  13. Turnips

Light Shade Vegetables

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Vegetables that do well in less sunlight (2 to 4 hours) are often called “light shade” or “shaded” plants. Some “partial shade” plants are also light shade, such as cauliflower and many spices.

  1. Arugula
  2. Endive
  3. Kale
  4. Leaf Lettuce
  5. Mustard Greens
  6. Spinach
  7. Swiss chard

Source: Gardening Channel