We’ll never grow a two pound heirloom tomato or a 200 pound giant pumpkin in our garden. The houses, garages, fences, and trees that surround the garden won’t allow it. Though we’re fortunate to have a few small areas that get 6 or 7 hours of direct sun this time of year, much of the garden gets four hours or less. Fortunately, we haven’t been discouraged by this challenge, but have instead made the best of the situation and have even discovered shade tolerant crops that we might not have otherwise known about.
OYR is all about growing a lot of food on a little land using sustainable organic methods, while keeping costs and labor at a minimum. Emphasis is placed on improving soil quality with compost, mulch, and compost tea. No store-bought fertilizers, soil amendments, pesticides, compost activators, etc. are used.
What’s Growing in our Shady Vegetable Garden: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OGt4t77nPUidhcC_mK3UxBDs-WZHDpU4H-_aQM7OwuI/edit?usp=sharing
Our June 2013 Solar Assessment: http://youtu.be/-Vw1HVO3T20