Growing Edible Food in Full Shade?

This is something Ive been scrounging around for quite some time. Ive got a strip of dirt on the north side of my house that is in full shade all day long. What can I plant there? Do ALL edible fruits and veggies require at least some sunlight? I would think so, but after some research, people have successfully grown all sorts of things in full shade. Here are some examples…

Have you ever been able to grow anything in the shade? if so, please post a comment! We will be experimenting all spring and summer trying to find out what will grow for us.


Lettuce, Arugula, Endive, Radicchio, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, Spinach, Kale and Beans

Herbs might do well….

Mints, Basil, Sage, Parsley, Chives, Dill, Thyme

Fruits such as…

Blackberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries

What about… mushrooms?


  1. Mist

    Well, we’re on opposite sides of the country, so my shade isn’t your shade. However, I’ve experimented a bit with our shadiest area (under the umbrella of an old maple tree, on the south side of a 6ft privacy fence, and abutting the garage) and have had the most success with woodland type shrubs. Things like elderberry, hazelnut, blackberry, and one variety of strawberry. I’ve had limited success with some of the allium species and mints. The shrubs seem to do the best for me.

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