How to grow a garden in shade

If you have a shady yard, growing a vegetable garden may seem impossible. But, there are actually plenty of veggies and herbs you can grow with a little less sunlight. While most vegetables and herbs need at least a little sunlight, you can still grow a successful crop with a little bit of shade. 
Fruiting vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and eggplants do not do well in the shade, according to Harvest to Table, though some may do well in partially shady areas. Other vegetables, particularly salad greens, do tolerate shade well. Before you choose which vegetables to plant, walk out to your yard and look around. 
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Deeply shaded: A deeply shaded area receives NO direct sunlight, and little reflected sunlight. Skip these areas or trim a few trees to allow more sunlight into the area. 
Lightly Shaded: This type of space receives about an hour of direct sunlight each day. It also gets reflected sunlight most of the day (light reflecting from a fence or house). 
Partially shaded: This area receives direct sun for about two to six hours per day and has some shade the rest of the day. Usually, a partially shady area is bright during either the morning or the evening, but not both, according to Harvest to Table.
Full sun: Full sun areas receive sunlight from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. consistently, or more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, SF Gate reports
Growing Vegetables and Herbs Successfully
You can get a healthy crop of vegetables and herbs, if you use your shaded areas correctly.  A few tips to get you started:
-You can speed harvest by starting your vegetable garden indoors and then moving them outside once they have developed a bit. 
-Know that shaded crops will likely be a bit smaller in size and amount you grow.
-Cut back branches and bushes to allow for more sunlight into shaded areas.
-Paint walls and fences white or another bright color to encourage light reflection into shady areas. 
-Choose vegetables and herbs that grow well in shady areas. 
The Right Stuff
Vegetables that do well in shady areas include: arugula, chard, kale, lettuce, peas and beans, root vegetables and spinach. Herbs like chives, cilantro, garlic, parsley and oregano do well in the shade too. 
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What vegetables would you like to try your hand at? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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