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Old 04/11/12, 01:39 AM
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Edible, perennial, shade loving plants?

Do these exist?? I am in Zone 6b.

I want to put in a slightly raised bed along the north side of the house-it is naked over there and it's such a nice stretch of unused space on my tiny city lot. I am open to almost anything at this point, just to get something in over there. Fruit, herb, veggie, whatever....

I have searched, but my Yahoo-fu is off tonight....

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Old 04/11/12, 03:49 PM
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I don't know of anything that will grow with no light except maybe mushrooms. But if you have some or can reflect some to the spot, then this was a link given when I asked about shady areas.

Grow Vegetables in the Shade - Ten Vegetables You Can Grow Without Full Sun

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Old 04/11/12, 03:56 PM
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That is useful, thank you!! I wouldn't say that the area doesn't get any sun at all, but the houses are close together and this *is* the north side....Maybe I'll put some herbs in and see how they do. I'm thinking of putting in dividers when I build the bed--maybe I can put things like mint & thyme and other plants that would take over normally. I guess it wouldn't hurt to experiment, right??

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Old 04/11/12, 08:38 PM
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Mint will most definately take over! You may want to sink some tubs into the ground and plant the herbs in those.

Maybe try some different herbs and veggies in pots on that side of the house before you commit to putting a lot of something in the ground, that way if it isn't getting enough sun you can just move the pot somewhere else. I want to say that salad greens can handle some shade, but I defer to those with more experiance on that.

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Jewels of opar is a flower that is a shade lover. You can harvest and add the leaves to salad. It self seeds so you can plant once and not worry about it. I love mine.

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Old 04/11/12, 10:54 PM
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Just Little Me, that looks very interesting! I like that it's pretty in addition to self-seeding and being edible. I wonder how it would do in 6b, though? The website I saw said it would only be annual up here....Would the self-seeding take care of that? Or would our relatively (not this year!) harsh winters kill it off? I am also wondering about invasiveness....Of course, if I want something that is going to do well pretty much on its own, year after year, maybe invasiveness is a good thing, to a point. Hmm....

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I plant my summer lettuce and spinach in the shade, grows slow but doesnt get so hot that it bolts

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I have Alpine strawberries that do well on our north side of the house.

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Old 04/12/12, 09:43 AM
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I was going to suggest lettuce and spinach also...not perennial, but edible!

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Many of the berries in the Ribes genus will produce fruit in shade, and need the shade for protection from heat in the summer. Maybe some currants would work for you there?

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Old 04/12/12, 04:28 PM
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Definitely going to look into all of these! It'll probably take a couple years just to decide what to put there, especially since I need to build the dadgum thing first

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Old 04/12/12, 08:25 PM
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Daylilies are edible and grow in partial to full shade.

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I am in zone 7 and they are listed as a annual here, but self seed.So I always have new ones in the spring. I just move any that come up out of the bed to where they belong.

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You most likely get a western exposure in that area later in the day....that is what I get in the little north facing ally where my front door is. I grow raspberries, lettuce, chive (they loved it there) thyme, basil (not a perenial, but food). Go out and look at the area later in the day and see if it is getting any western light as the sun is it's final quater.

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elderberry!

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Old 04/13/12, 01:50 AM
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I would LOVE to put raspberries there! I was going to sacrifice a bed from the regular garden for them, but if they would do ok there....I need to watch it on a good day!!

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Daylilies are edible and grow in partial to full shade.
I was going to suggest the same thing I have a nice patch going under the north side of a basswood tree.
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Old 04/13/12, 09:42 AM
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I planted raspberries, currents, gooseberries, salmonberries, and beebalm, in our really shady areas, north side especially. They do really well in the cool morning sunlight, and are protected by the shade the rest of the day.

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