For those of you in non-equatorial regions, what use have you managed to make of the shady side of the house (north in the northern hemisphere, south in the southern)?
So far we use it primarily as a utility access point - that's where the door to the basement is, and the exhaust from the heating and hot water systems. We might put a tool shed there. Otherwise I'm struggling - not much beyond ferns will grown on that side, so maybe ostrich ferns (for fiddleheads) are our best bet. Does hot compost work in the dark?
Location: Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep clay/loam with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
posted 3 years ago
shiitake logs! and it's a nice place for potted cuttings that need some shaded shelter to begin with....at our last house I also had a nice bed of ginseng on the north side against the rock foundation.
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Location: Western Massachusetts (USDA zone 5a, heating zone 5, 40"+)
The dark bit of my yard is a 3m wide yard hemmed in my brick walls or fencing, it never gets any actual sunlight. I have log storage there (close to the back door), some lumber storage, the bins are stored here too, as well as a hot-compost bin. And I grow alpine strawberries, ferns, hostas and spring bulbs (just to brighten the place up a bit!) in pots. High up on the wall where it gets better light I grow tomatoes and herbs in hanging baskets- they're on pulleys so they go quite high up the house (they still don't get direct sunlight), you can lower them down to water them and harvest.
I grow ginger on the east side of the house. It absolutely thrives over there. It gets a bit of morning sun, but is in the shade for the majority of the day.
When life gives you shade, made ginger aid. Yeah . . . I know . . . that was goofy.
On the north side (my front yard) we've grown a big Japanese maple that loves the cool shade. It gets an hour or two of sun in the heart of the summer, but the rest of the time, it is content to enjoy whatever defused light makes it was into it's canopy.
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