Hello, I have a shade greenhouse here in zone 9 coastal British Columbia. It is a converted quail hutch, that still has quail in it. I’m looking to grow some plants in there that are edible/useful that I can harvest that aren’t particularly dangerous for quail if the eat it.
Also would be good for enrichment for the quail as they used to be in the sun with plants in the enclosure in the ground. But they destroyed them all. I can only do hanging baskets and put pots in there now because they are on concrete since we moved.
Anybody have any suggestions? I was thinking nasturtiums, maybe some yarrow....if it can tolerate the shade enough. But I’m kind of lost as to what will grow in full shade with humidity, and that are useful/medicinal/easy to keep alive.
Hi Andrea, is the shade from a structure or an evergreen, or a deciduous tree? Does its shade vary due to seasonal variations in sun path? I have a greenhouse that got shaded before I got my place by a big maple to the north that reaches over it and shades it in partially in midsummer, and a barn to the south shading partially in the winter. It did not make sense to have a greenhouse with plants there with no more than 3hrs of direct sunlight per day. However its temp ranges worked well as a chicken and duck house, with a run with more light outside and several hugel bed gardens for them to rotate through. I have considered trying to grow citrus, tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse, but that would require supplemental light to get much fruit and that seems inefficient. How much light do you get and what are your max-minimum temperatures in the greenhouse?
This is all just my opinion based on a flawed memory