Vegetables for the Shade 4 x 4-foot Garden

Shawna Coronado wants gardeners everywhere to learn to grow and appreciate healthy and nutritious food. She also touts the garden’s versatility of growing in sun OR shade. Each vegetable provides full flavor and high nutritional value, such the abundance of vitamin K in kale and Swiss chard, or the level of vitamin A in spinach. It’s a colorful garden, too: bright rainbow colors of chard, blue-green kale and collards, burgundy leaves of Red Sails lettuce and mustard greens, and dark green spinach. This combination of cool-season, leafy greens can be grown in full sun or light shade and in Fall or early Spring.

The Finished Plan below shows the planted bed—the plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! The second illustration shows two Color Coded Planting Areas. Look at the drop-down tabs to find planting instructions for each area.

Finished Plan


Color Coded Planting Areas

Area 1 - Georgia Collards »

Area 2 - Red Sails Lettuce »

Area 3 - Mustard Greens »

Area 4 - Spinach »

Area 5 - Swiss Chard, such as 'Bright Lights' »

Area 6 - Winterbor Kale »

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