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An Updated List of Herbs and Vegetables That You Can Grow on Shadier Balconies

Over the past year I have been collecting edible plants that will thrive with less than shade and partial shade. That is, they will flourish with four hours or less of direct sun, and sometimes with only filtered sun. Here is an updated list with all the previous lists combined, and also some new plants.

Have you been able to grow any of these plants in the shade?

  • Aloe
  • Beans
  • Beebalm
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Catnip
  • Cauliflower
  • Chamomile
  • Comfrey
  • Coriander (Cilantro)
  • Currants
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Honeyberry
  • Hyssop
  • Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mint
  • Nasturtium
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cress, and radicchio
  • Swiss Chard
  • Thyme

UPDATE: Here is a list of shade tolerant edibles from Oregon Live.

If you know of any other shade tolerant edibles, please share them in the comments.

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