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15+ Fantastic Vegetables that Grow in Shade!

Not all vegetables need sunlight to grow healthily, there are some vegetables that prefer limited exposure of sunlight and grow at its best. If you are worrying about growing vegetables in your shade area, just try out the list shown below to see good harvest.

15 Vegetables That Grow In Shade:


Arugula is one of the fast growing leafy greens you need to try in your shaded areas. The best part about it is that, you can harvest them within 4 weeks after planting and you can sow few seeds every week so that you can enjoy having arugula whenever you need.

If you enjoy having mustard like flavor in your food, then you must try adding arugula in the list of vegetables that you would like to grow


Beet is also considered as one of the best and fast growing vegetable plant. It is very easy to grow and does not require much space. As it prefers cool temperature and therefore it is an amazing vegetable to grow in shade. Plant beet seeds 2-3 weeks apart from each other to get continuous supply.


Fall and spring is the best time to grow carrot. Even though it needs 5-6 hours of sunlight in a day, it can do well in partial shade too. 

Growing in shady spots will make you wait longer to harvest. Plus, you need to till your soil for the carrot to grow long and straight. 

Swiss Chord:

Swiss chord is loaded with lots of nutrients and is a colorful and bright stem that looks great in your salads. This green leaf can be grown in both cooler and warmer temperatures easily. This is why it is perfect for partial shades.


Broccoli is considered as a powerhouse of nutrients that belongs to cabbage family. It is one of the few vegetables that can grow easily in cold temperatures and in shady spots. All it needs is well drained and fertile soil and few hours of indirect sunlight. So, if you want to grow something healthy this season, enjoy rich and flavored broccoli from your garden.

Bok Choy:

Bok choy is called Chinese cabbage is a cool weather crops and grows well in partial shade. This vegetable is perfect for container gardening too. You can harvest them within 2 months after planting.


Spinach is a cool weather crop which is very useful to make wonderful smoothies and salads. You can start them growing in spring and fall season to harvest them for every two weeks.


Just like spinach, kale is also considered as one of the best green leafy vegetable to grow in shady spots. Planting kale in the spring season will give you harvest in early summer. Kale tastes better after a touch of frost.


Lettuce is another green leafy vegetable that grows well in cooler temperatures. All you need to do is, just water them regularly to enjoy the benefits of it. 

Collard Greens:

Collard greens can grow healthily with 4-5 hours of sunlight in a day. This vegetable also belongs to cabbage family which exactly looks like a kale, but the texture and taste makes it different from it.


Cress is the perfect vegetable to grow in shade that matures really fast. It loves moist soil and you can even grow them in a container to use them in sandwiches, salads or soups.

Brussels Sprouts:

Brussels sprouts are another vegetable that belongs to cabbage family. It loves cool temperature over hot temperature, so if you have any shady corner in your garden plant Brussels and wait patiently. 


Growing peas is not only easy, they even supply enough amount of nitrogen to the surrounding plant for their healthy growth. They grow well in partial shade but require 4-5 hours of sunlight in a day. However peas do not stay fresh for longer times, so harvesting them often will give you new pods every time.


Potatoes don’t need sunlight for their growth, as they grow at the roots of the plant. They can even grow well in containers too.


This is another root vegetable that grows well in shady spots. Start planting the seeds in spring season at the end of the summer to harvest them within 3-4 weeks to mature. So you can plant seeds for every two weeks to have them whenever you need.

Some more vegetables include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Bush beans
  • Turnip
  • Scallion

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