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How To Plant A Shade Garden

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    shade garden
  • Shade gardens are gardens planted and grown in areas with little or no direct sunlight during the day, either under trees or on the shady sides of buildings. Shade gardening presents certain challenges, in part because only certain plants are able to grow in shady conditions.
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  • Place (a seed, bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow
  • buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"
  • put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground; "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
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Garden Grub 5:120
Garden Grub 5:120
I had some pasta with pesto from last year's garden for lunch today but didn't take photos because I thought I'd have a giant salad tonight. The lettuce is going CRAZY and I bet it's not going to love the 90+ temps predicted for the next few days. No dinner, though, since I ate lunch way late so I thought I'd talk a bit about my garden(s). We have two mature maples in the back of our small yard so garden space back there is fairly limited. I do have some raspberries planted in the one sunny corner, some hardy kiwis and about 5 currant bushes and one gooseberry. These do okay in the shade but don't produce nearly as much as they would with more sun. The raspberries will hopefully produce this year, now that I've protected them from munching marauders with chicken wire and I think I may be another year or two for kiwis. In the front I have slowly been replacing the lawn with raised beds- 3 so far. We also have a pergola with hops on top and blueberries underneath. On the left, are two small beds edged with brick found on the street. One is the herb bed and the other has mostly arugula, with some radishes, lettuce and like 3 spinach (is there some secret to getting spinach to germinate? I'm about ready to give up!) On the right there is a 12x4 foot wooden raised bed that we built last spring. This spring I started reading Square Foot Gardening and went from "maybe I'll try this next year" to "I need to make this happen NOW" in the span of a weekend and went to 3 different hardware stores to get the lathe to make the grids. Can I tell how much I am LOVING this garden?? It is so lush and perfect right now (this is the one in the picture above). I love wandering out in the AM, sometimes still in pj's to see how it's doing. Next year I am going to convert the two brick beds on the other side to SFG too. Hopefully we'll also build one more 12x4 and that's it for space in our yard. Good thing I also have community garden plots AND a canning garden at work. More on those later...
Raised-Bed Garden 3/24/2008
Raised-Bed Garden 3/24/2008
On this day I tore out a bunch of "Nantes Coreless" and "Royal Chantenay" carrots from the left. About 20 of them were big enough to eat. The others were either tiny seedlings or little snack morsels. I never had the heart to thin them out :) I planted a "Sweet 100" cherry tomato seedling I bought on an impulse at the rear left. Just to the right of that I planted a crookneck squash seed. So that it doesn't shade my red chard too much, I'm going to see if I can actually trellis it in the back. At the rear right I planted a "Better Boy" tomato plant that I bought on the same impulse as the "Sweet 100". To the front of the "Better Boy" I planted a "Romanesco Zucchini" seed. I've seen those get pretty big so I'm giving him plenty of space. I really want to keep my chards but I have two full squares in between the two varieties that I foolishly planted some "Imperator" carrots in (just a few of those carrots got big but they got enormously big). I figure that if I thin out the chard just a little I can get a tomato to grow in that space. It has to be kind of tall before I transplant it or it won't have a chance in that darkness. I'm going to find a couple of strange varieties to put in there. You might have noted that there doesn't seem to be much of a growth difference in the chards between this picture and the one I took in January. That's because I made two big chard dinners with the plants since then. I can't believe how much they grow!

how to plant a shade garden