Growing vegetables in the shade can be done with a bit of planning. For example, leafy greens such as lettuce and Swiss chard grow well in partial shade (bright sun only for part of the day); broad-leaved crops like broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi and cauliflower prefer a little more light; root crops like carrots, radishes and turnips need full sun to grow well; while vines like beans, cucumbers and melons benefit from some shade.
In addition, small gardens may be shady because of buildings or trees. If this is the case for you, plant vegetables that can tolerate semishady conditions. Leafy crops like spinach and lettuce are good choices for partial shade.
Trees that grow well in the garden include citrus, fig and olive trees, as well as deciduous varieties such as apple and chestnut trees. With a little imagination, you can create a shady oasis for your vegetables.
Here are some vegetables that will grow in shade: