Stretch PT & Wellness - June 2018

The Best Vegetables to Plant in Shady Spots There’s nothing quite like growing your own vegetables, but if your home doesn’t get the best sunlight, what can you do? It’s a problem many gardeners face. Even if you live in a sunny area, you may have a shady corner of the garden or side of the house going to waste. Fortunately, there are plenty of plants that do well in partial and full shade. Lay Some Shade on Me

plentiful harvest. Bush and dwarf varieties are recommended over their pole counterparts. (Hours of sun per day: 4–5) POTATOES Root vegetables, such

As a general rule, leafy greens do better in shade andmilder temperatures than other vegetables. Flowering plants and vines, such as cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes, needmore hours of sunlight per day in order to thrive—about six hours or more. HERBS While many herbs, such as basil, are better suited for sunnier conditions, there are a few that will do great in shade. These include chives, cilantro, golden marjoram, mint, oregano, and parsley. (Hours of sun per day: 3) KALE Typically, kale does well in partial shade. When kale is grown in full shade, the leaves tend to be slightly smaller, but this can be offset by growing additional plants. (Hours of sun per day: 3–4) PEAS Like kale, when grown in shade, peas and beans won’t grow quite as full, and plants may take longer to mature, but with proper planning, you’ll still reap a

as potatoes, carrots, and beets, will grow in partial shade, but they may take a few more weeks to mature, and they may produce fewer vegetables. However, as most gardeners agree, the results are still worth the effort. (Hours of sun per day: 4–5) SPINACH Like most leafy greens, spinach does very well in shade, particularly baby spinach. The plant will continue to produce leaves for an extended period of time if you regularly harvest the outer leaves. (Hours of sun per day: 3–4)


“Before physical therapy, I needed to relearn all the activities that I used to perform years ago before my injury and hip replacement. The Stretch team challenged me and made my recovery very quick and rewarding. Within three weeks of the replacement, they had me doing activities that I had not done in years. I am now walking my dogs on the hills of Beckett Ridge.” –Keith I. 2

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