Fruit and veg that don't need full sun to grow well | Growing fruit and vegies | Gardening Australia

Fruit and veg that don't need full sun to grow well | Growing fruit and vegies | Gardening Australia

A garden that receives between 6-8 hours of sun a day is perfect for growing fruit and vegetables, but if your garden is small there’s only so much room. Luckily, there are plenty of crops that grow just fine in areas that get a little sunshine here and there throughout the day, or filtered light.

Tino’s tips for gardening in part shade

For sites that receive full sun in summer and full shade in winter, you can still sneak in a quick-growing crop of something seasonal, such as lettuce. However, longer-lived plants may not cope with the extremes.

If you’re not sure about the sun’s movements, put plants in pots so you can move them around until you better know the seasonal changes.

Always prepare the soil well, no matter what the light levels. Add plenty of manure and for fast-growing crops such as lettuce, Tino pushes the growth along with a dusting of blood and bone.

The greatest threat to plants in shady areas with low air movement is fungal problems; reduce the risk by generously spacing your crops.

Plant suggestions:

As a general rule of thumb, those with large, thin leaves are more shade tolerant. This includes rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum), which likes rich, well-drained soil and protection from the afternoon sun.

Many herbs do well in light shade, including parsley (Petroselinum crispum cv.), and Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum cv.).

Perpetual spinach (Beta vulgaris cv.), which is not an actual spinach but a cultivar from the beetroot and silverbeet group.

Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus) may grow more slowly in part shade, but they should be ready to harvest 6-8 weeks after sowing seed.

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa cv.) – Tino plants ‘Iceberg’ and ‘Cos’. Both will grow more slowly in part shade, but you can speed up growth by applying fish emulsion.

Common mint (Mentha spicata) – can do a little too well in shade so best planted in a container to restrict its spread. Pinch out growing tips for a bushier plant with more leaves.

Blueberries (Vaccinium cv.) – Many species grow as understorey plants in their native North America. Blueberries also love acidic soil. You can apply agricultural sulphur to gradually acidify the soil (it takes about a year) or plant in pots with specialty mix designed for acid-loving plants. Plant at least two compatible varieties of blueberry close to each other to aid in pollination

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  1. Doris Woo on November 8, 2021 at 11:06 am

    LoveTino !!!!!

  2. Milka - Americus on November 8, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Blueberries are depending upon the variety self pollinate. Mine self pollinate. Was surprised by their production of fruit. They’re also in part shade.

  3. RayMondoART on November 8, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Sigh.. my garden’s full shade / indirect sun… what can I grow

  4. ra yang on November 8, 2021 at 11:10 am

    I love this guy and aus gardening group

  5. netsaosa on November 8, 2021 at 11:11 am


  6. Milka - Americus on November 8, 2021 at 11:12 am

    I love perpetual spinach. Mmm, n silveebeet, ‘n swisschard, and beets.

  7. Elaine Bates on November 8, 2021 at 11:13 am

    But what do I do if ‘Mint’ has taken over my garden?

  8. Zaleha Burude on November 8, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Truly wonderful garden….
    Thank you for sharing…Sir!!

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  10. Pascal Aschwanden on November 8, 2021 at 11:24 am

    i like the way he’s able to divide up those beet spinaches so easily without breaking a single root.

    A word of warning to anyone out there who wants to grow mint, watch out!! That mint can become a real pest. if you plant it in the ground, It WILL take over your whole garden and you’ll never be able to get rid of it till the end of time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  11. JN D on November 8, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Great info. And love the new clean hat 👌🥦

  12. Chezgirl Rose on November 8, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Wow I didn’t know that about pinching the top of the mint and planting two different kinds of Blueberries so they can pollinate one another … great video, thanks Tino. 👍🏼

  13. Permacultist Druid on November 8, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Nice and quick.

  14. rubiyami on November 8, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Hi I have a garden channal from Kerala

  15. Brooke Wilson on November 8, 2021 at 11:27 am

    so could i grow mint indoors? on a window sill or bright spot? asking for a small apartment

  16. Red Toberts on November 8, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Got my mint in a big plastic pot with the bottom cut out. Blueberries growing well in pots, in a mix of coir, compost and vermiculite.

  17. Tim roberts on November 8, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I am slightly surprised not to see ‘Tazziberries’ (Ugniberries/ Ungi Molinae), from you there in Tas, they do very well in partial shade. Rocket actually prefers a bit of shade in most Australian climates and is still a decent performer in up to 90% shade…

  18. Sam Hunter on November 8, 2021 at 11:33 am

    cooked me up at the start there tino

  19. Paige Delainy on November 8, 2021 at 11:36 am

    I follow3d similar instructions last year but everything got eaten by grasshoppers! Bugger!

  20. Shakila Jhumur on November 8, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Thank you 😊 it helps a lot

  21. Nerida Damas on November 8, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Keep showing average gardener how to do it in their own backyard. Onya pete c

  22. Martina Cappelli on November 8, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Hi from Italy. Thanks for your video👍

  23. The Prime Minister of Australia on November 8, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Thank you kind holbytla

  24. kebun ibu tita on November 8, 2021 at 11:50 am

    I like gardening

  25. Carmen Ortiz on November 8, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Some one tells someone else "this will only grow here" and it will become part of the culture. Same as "this vegetable needs 1 inch of water a week", then all of a sudden, no matter who you ask, everything needs 1 inch of water a week. Much of it is nonsense. Experiment yourself. If I was going to depend on my shady yard to only grow what need little sun, I would be growing lettuce (which I hate). My tomatoes do fine in mostly shade and most vegetables can grow with less than 1 inch of water.

  26. nyunixguru on November 8, 2021 at 11:52 am

    My celery is doing greater in a shady spot

  27. String x on November 8, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Pretty informative… Thanks

  28. Gundamruss Gaming on November 8, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Very helpful video thank you 🙂

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