Kris Mendoza wrote:I grow lettuce, kale, mustard greens, parsley, onions, and nasturtiums in a shady garden plot through the hotter summer months, when they would quickly wilt or bolt in full sun. I also got some decent radishes through July and August using this bed. This works well for me so I can have these leafy greens in spring (grown in a sunny area) as well as summer (grown in a shady area). I think they'd do well for you.
If you have rhodies and a lot of conifers then your soil is likely acidic--how about some strawberries or other berries that like acidic soil?
Tyler Ludens wrote:A bunch of perennial onion things do well for me in part shade, though of course my region is very different from yours. But they are worth a try and definitely help in the kitchen. It took us a little time to learn to use green onions from the garden instead of bulb onions from the store, but now we don't buy onions anymore! I have: Perennial Leek (aka Elephant Garlic), Garlic Chives, Canada Onion, and Walking Onion (aka Egyptian Onion).
Tyler Ludens wrote:The green onions are all stronger "oniony" tasting and less sweet, so it took some adjustment of palate. Our personal favorite for flavor is the native Canada Onion, which isn't native to your part of North America, unfortunately.
Perennial Leek makes a biggish stem which can almost pass for a bulb onion, but has a little bit more of a garlicky taste. You can sometimes find bulbs for this in the grocery store as Elephant Garlic, or purchase bulbs from suppliers in the Fall. They also grow easily from seed but I'm not finding any suppliers in a quick search.
Kris Mendoza wrote:
Are elephant garlic and perennial leek one and the same?