shady edibles, was Re: soil amending
>My new "plan" is to start leaving
>compost around the edges of the yard, in case I ever learn what edible
>perrenials might grow in clay soil/shade. Meanwhile, I love learning this
>stuff for someday when I become a real farmer. Kathy in St. Louis
We're doing a shade edibles demo garden at the community garden,
where we have grown -- in zone 9 -- arugula (annual, but reseeds
easily), cilantro, parsley, celery, lettuces, and (for edible
flowers) calendula, borage, and rose. This area is in high shade and
gets a few hours of sun.
In my garden, I have lemon balm, strawberries, alpine strawberries,
bolivian sunroot, currants, yerba buena, broccoli, cabbage, kale,
collards, artichokes, cardoon, garlic chives, celery, parsley, red
onion, mullein, calendula, nasturtium, and more in the shadier area
(high shade, gets about 3-4 hours of direct sun). Last year 2 cherry
tomato plants did well there, and a volunteer winter squash took over
the whole area and produced a lot.
Here are a few more suggestions. Try a few things and see what does
well! Some plants that are listed as "full sun" will still grow well
in high shade or dappled shade, though they may produce less than
they would in full sun.
Shade Tolerant Vegetables (and Fruits)
It depends on your climate, soil, and what kind of shade you have. Is
it solid shade cast by a large building, or dappled shade cast by