Win a copy of Building Community this week in the City Repair forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • paul wheaton
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • r ranson
  • James Freyr
  • Burra Maluca
master gardeners:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • thomas rubino
  • Carla Burke

Edible Plants for shade gardens

Posts: 49
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello. There have been a lot of questions about what edible plants are shade tolerant.
Here is a great resource:

Here is the link to my free gardening webinar:

Follow our small family farm on Instagram @growcreateinspire

[Thumbnail for 6.94-Ostrich-ferns-and-Hostas-in-Shade-Garden.JPG]
Posts: 97
Location: Sierra Nevada Foothills, Zone 8b
dog forest garden fish fungi trees hunting books food preservation building wood heat homestead
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Well I said that this is the best site I have seen for shade edibles in that other thread. Might as well say it here too! Thanks so much, now I just have to pare down the list of 50 different berries and trees I want, hahaha!
Posts: 2110
Location: Olympia, WA - Zone 8a/b
hugelkultur kids forest garden fungi trees books bike homestead
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
A great group of edible plants for shady areas are the waterleafs. Here in western WA we have Pacific waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes) but there are other waterleafs depending on where you live. Waterleafs do great in full shade and once established will spread and fill in. They're a great early spring green and can provide greens through the summer. Though later in the summer their leaves are tougher.

I've been transplanting Pacific waterleafs into my shady areas each fall/winter and I'm starting to get some nice patches in some deep shade areas.

I really like the flavor of the leaves and they can be eaten raw or cooked. You can also harvest younger root tips which are supposed to have a flavor that is similar to Chinese beansprouts. My patches aren't big enough for this harvest but I want to try it soon.
Posts: 186
Location: WV
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've read in many places that hostas are edible when the leaves are breaking through the ground. I have an old variety that reseeds everywhere.  So theoretically, if I were to catch the emerging hostas at the right stage, I could have a magnificent feast.  Of course I've yet to try them, so not sure how palatable I'd find them.
Pay attention! Tiny ad!
Rocket Mass Heater Plans - now free for a while
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic