Keep in mind that no vegetable will grow in full, dense shade. The following crops will produce with three to six hours of sun, or fairly constant dappled shade, per day.
Most of these are plants would prefer full sun and you’ll see labeled as full-sun plants. I’ve put them in the part-sun category in case you want to know what you can grow if you only have a few hours of direct sunlight each day. How to know whether the plant you want to grow is in this semi–shade tolerant category? Leaf and root vegetables tend to be more tolerant of low-light environment than most fruits, with the exception of the few mentioned below. By fruits we mean the plant we grow to eat the part that has a seed, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc. By fruits we mean the plant we grow to eat the part that has a seed, like tomatoes, melon, peppers, eggplant, squash, etc.
- Blackberries and raspberries*
- Cherry Tomatoes (while most tomatoes need full sun, cherry tomato varieties tolerate a bit less)
- Hot peppers*
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
- Leafy greens (kale, bok choy, chard, spinach, lettuce, etc.)*
- Brussel Sprouts*
- Peas, Beans
- Root vegetables* (beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish, etc.
- Strawberries*, low bush blueberries*
*You’ll get a bigger crop if you grow these in full sun, but they will still produce well with just a few hours of light.