Hello all. I have an old creek deep in the woods of NC zone 7. There are ferns all over the place back there and it got me thinking; what edibles could I grow along with those ferns? I would think their presence would signify a certain soil type that plants I wanted there would like as well.
hostas like shade, and those huge japanese rhubarbs with the edible stalks, they like it too, as do some currents.
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In our shade, we grow ramps (wood leak), mayapple, ferns (of course), and stinging nettle (don't let it take over). We sometimes find Ghost Pipe, mushrooms, and arrowhead. Perhaps elderberries would work. You might be able to grow yacon too. We live in Michigan, so not all plants will be suited to your area.
Lots of green leafies can grow well in the shade. They will grow more leaves in the shade and bolt less frequently. They won't produce much fruit, but that's not what your'e trying to do.