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22 April 2008 @ 01:03 am
Ask lj: gardens  
What's edible, grows around here, don't require much maintence and doesn't mind a bit of shade from a maple tree? Ideally it would also have multiple harvests through out the year.
Jeredjered on April 22nd, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Lots of stuff! What do you like? Squashes will generally give you more vegetables that you can use; butternut squash or zucchini are good options there. Tomatoes are also heavy and tasty producers.
Natashahoneyartichoke on April 22nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately most things that are edible prefer as much sun as possible, especially in our climate zone. For low maintenance I have had a great experience with green beans and peas around here. Zucchinis, eggplants and such tend to get eaten in my garden - your mileage may vary. Tomatoes need sun/heat to ripen and regular watering, but otherwise a good and tasty choice.

Strawberries aren't bad (i have wild strawberries in my garden and they have berries continuously through the summer - i can dig some up for you if you want). I have a mulberry tree - but those need more space and a couple years before they start having fruit :-)

Herbs are a pretty good bet, and quite a few are perennial here (definitely mint - and mint will grow well in the shade). That's what comes to the top of my mind right now...
kelkyagkelkyag on April 23rd, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
If herbs are good ... I've seen chives look happy in partial shade, and as honeyartichoke said, mint will grow anywhere and comes in a zillion varieties. I think some thymes will take some shade, as will some sages, wild ginger, chervil, comfrey, chamomile, and violets. Daylillies are edible and grow ~everywhere. Some ferns shoots are edible, if you're looking at heavy shade -- fiddleheads are an expensive delicacy, but that's definitely a once-a-year crop.

How about grapes? I've seen them happily growing up trees, where they're going to be in the shade a fair bit of the time, though I don't know if that affects the fruit quality. Concord grapes are very New England.

Edited at 2008-04-23 08:35 am (UTC)