Plants love sunlight like humans love a good meal. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of sun per day for nourishment. No plants can grow in darkness, but fortunately, like humans, different plants have different diets and some are fairly modest.
Gardeners with a shady corner of yard or a porch in a tree's line of shadow - don't despair! Shade has a place in the garden. Partial shade can offer relief for cooler temperature prefering veggies on a hot summer day. It can also create a mildly different "micro-climate" and thus extend the spring and fall harvests of succession plantings. As northern gardeners, we are often guilty of focusing our attentions on heating up the garden, but there are benefits to cooling it off too. Sown in early spring, greens will persevere longer into the hot season if protected by some shade. The same is true for late summer showings for fall harvests. Spinach, for example, can be planted in the fall as empty spaces open up, left over after other vegetables (like carrots or spent tomato plants) have been harvested. It will grow in the shade, then overwinter to re-emerge in early spring.
The most shade tolerant edibles are leafy greens. They will grow with 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. They can also be harvested at any size, so if they don't receive enough light - pick them young.
*Other Brassicas such as Broccoli, Kohlrabi, and Cabbage will also grow in partial shade.
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