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Re: Plants for shaded areas in a community garden

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Plants for shaded areas in a community garden
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 08:01:10 -0400

In this sort of area, you can often grow all sorts of greens and cabbage
crops very successfully.
For starters you might try leaf lettuce, head lettuce, turnips, radishes,
cabbage, bok choy, tsai chi, chickory/endive, mustard, kale, dandelions,
mesclun, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and other leafy asian vegetables.

These are likely to last longer than the same plants in a full sun garden as
they will be slower to bolt and run to seed.

You might also try a few plants of onions, garlic, leeks, and peas to see if
there is enough sun.

Even more experimentally, you might try some of the tomatoes that are bred
to do well in Russia, Scotland, or Oregon/USA.  They are bred to produce
tomatoes under low light conditions (and also under cool temperatures).
So you might have some success, though I am not sure if the extra heat will
help or hinder.

If it turns out that the sun levels are too low for good production, you
might use this entire section as the germination and nursery for the nearby
45 plots in full sun.  Flats of plants could be germinated there and then
transplanted to the full sun plots.  The building will hold warmth for a
longer period of time than an open area which will improve and increase
germination.  The building may also reduce some wind effects.   For
information on this strategy see How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever
Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, 6th ed, by John Jeavons.
By germinating in flats and transplanting, you can usually get at least 4
times as much produce from a given section of land, while at the same time
increasing the soil fertility.

Local permaculturists might also have suggestions, and especially for native
plants or bush tucker that would grow well under those conditions.  There is
a worldwide directory of permaculturists at
http://www.permacultureactivist.net .
You could also ask your same question on the permaculture email list which
you will see info for there as well.


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