M.K. Dorje Jr. wrote:I like fava beans for semi-shady areas in my veggie garden and main orchard/fruit forest. They fix a lot of nitrogen, attract bees (especially bumble bees), tolerate quite a bit of shade, survive most winters, self-seed themselves and provide delicious protein that can easily be frozen or dried. It's my main companion plant for fruit trees guilds. Red clover and vetch are good for shady spots, too. Some people like Siberian pea shrub, but I'm not sure how well it grows in the shade.
M.K. Dorje Jr. wrote:....Some people like Siberian pea shrub, but I'm not sure how well it grows in the shade.
Kalin Brown wrote:Anyone have any recommendations for shade tolerant (partial and/or full shade) nitrogen fixers?
S Bengi wrote:It is in the legume family at the very least. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat
S Bengi wrote:I have never heard of buckwheat fixing nitrogen, can you provide a source that states that it does and how much lbs per acre.
It is in the legume family at the very least. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat
Rob Read wrote:Bayberry also produces crops of wax in the berries significant enough that pioneers used them for making candles. I've got one planted, and it's faced bunnies and lived (barely) - but others I've talked to say that in good conditions it grows fast and moves quickly (like many nitrogen-fixers). The shade might make it move more slowly (I've got mine in partial shade), and also might mean lesser crops of the waxy (non-edible) berries. Also, the leaves can be substituted for bay leaves in recipes, which I think is awesome.
Elaeagnaceae, the oleaster family, is a plant family of the order Rosales comprising small trees and shrubs, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, south into tropical Asia and Australia. The family has 45-50 species in three genera.
They are commonly thorny, with simple leaves often coated with tiny scales or hairs. Most of the species are xerophytes (found in dry habitats); several are also halophytes, tolerating high levels of soil salinity.
The Elaeagnaceae often harbor nitrogen-fixing actinomycetes of the genus Frankia in their roots, making them useful for soil reclamation. This characteristic, together with their production of plentiful seeds, often results in Eleagnaceae being viewed as weeds.