suggestions for shady land usage

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  1. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    i have a small patch of land that is very shady. i want to use it as best i can but have trouble thinking of a use. it is nestled between two sheds and a large crab apple tree shades the sunny side. it is about 10-10 or 12-12 feet. the roofs of both sheds drain water onto that small spot. it misses the early and late sunshine. until i prune the crab apple, it misses the high noon sun.

    the best idea i can come up with is to use it for composting. i don't know what useful and shade loving plants i could grow there.

    any thoughts?
     
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    A large composting area sounds good there. That way you could utilize better the spot in the sun for growing better sun loving plants. Another thing to consider is a mushroom growing area. I'm not sure which variety. Maybe ----ake or one of the domestic chantrelles? :shrug:
     

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    actually, i was considering growing shiitake mushrooms (it works with two "I's") lol. that may be a good spot for that. thanks for the reminder.
     
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    You could use it as a place to put your new plants before they go into the garden. They would be outside, but out of direct sunlight. You could also put in a little patio, somewhere to sit in the shade and admire your gardens.
     
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    Would this be a good place to have rabbits with worm composting underneath? What about growing fish in a barrel there? What zone?