While I cannot grow anything edible that flowers or fruits, I can successfully grow leaves & roots. So, almost any herb or eating green has done well, as have the sweet potatoes. I will keep updating this page, so that all the information is in once place for easier reference.
Plants I've tried that did well:
- Lemon balm
- Lettuce mixes
- Swiss Chard: Ruby Red. Or, pick your colors over at Sustainable Seed Co.
- Sweet potatoes
Plants I'd like to try:
- Lettuce, heat tolerant:
- Black Seeded Simpson: High Mowing Seeds
- Nevada Lettuce: High Mowing Seeds
- Salad Bowl Lettuce: High Mowing Seeds
- Lettuce, for cooler weather:
- Dwarf Blue Scottish Kale (1863) - will overwinter with little protection. Sustainable Seed Co.
- Perpetual Spinach
- will apparently keep producing during summer's heat. At Sustainable Seed Co.
- Little Fingers Carrots - 3" to 5" tall, great for pots! Doesn't like the heat, so plant when the weather is cooler. Sustainable Seed Co.
- Parisian Carrots - a round carrot! Sustainable Seed Co.
- Early Wonder Tall Top Beet - for greens & roots. High Mowing Seeds
- Sweet Potatoes:
- TBA. I know they will grow on our balcony, though!
- Purple Top White Globe (1880s) - his favorite. Sustainable Seed Co., among many others.
If the year is given, it means the seed was introduced around that time. I prefer heirloom seeds, and grow open-pollinated varieties.
What kinds of food have you tried to grow in the shade?