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I live in an apartment building in chilly Wisconsin. I would like to start growing some of my own herbs and a few veggies... mostly on the patio during the growing season. I could also probably keep herbs going in the window during winter.<br><br><br><br>
I have one window in my place that gets full sun all year/ all day. My patio gets full sun in the morning on only one small corner and partial sun to shade the rest of the day. Not exactly ideal growing conditions, I know.<br><br><br><br>
Any suggested plants? Tips? Am I crazy to even try? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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Leafy greens such as lettuce can grow without much sun, and they are so much better fresh than from the store. There are a lot of other plants which can grow with little sun...<br><br><br><br>
From "The Complete Shade Gardener" by George Schenk<br><br><br><br>
For part (half) shade:<br><br><br><br>
asparagus,beets,sweet cicely,cucumbers,turnips,leaf lettuce,snow peas,kale,radishes,scallions,shallots,chives,leeks ,broccoli,cress,watercress,carrots, sweet potatoes,spinach,zucchini, cabbage, mustard,French sorrel,parsley,sage,rosemary,thyme,savory,borage,l ovage,fennel,oregano,lemons,rhubard,alpine strawberries.<br><br><br><br>
Fruits in shade will not bear as heavily. According to Schenk, even tomatoes can be grown with only a few hours of direct sun, if they are trellised and given the best soil.<br><br><br><br>
You can help get more sunshine in the patio if you can paint it white and even put mirrors around to reflect more light onto the plants.
 

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Thank you from a black thumb gardener. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I have a brownish thumb myself, but I absolutely LOVE gardening, and love discussing it, so if you need any more info, let me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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For what it is worth, my first ever container garden this past summer (Massachusetts) had garlic chives, rosemary, parsley, catnip, and basil. The only one that struggled was the basil: I hadn't planted it in large enough pots, and it kept getting too dried out. I eventually gave up, and will use a larger pot this year.<br><br><br><br>
I also get morning sun on my patio, although I suspect a little more sun than you do.<br><br><br><br>
ps: when I brought the herbs in to overwinter (the catnip was already long eaten and gone) I found that my cats also loved the chives. Go figure!
 

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Kitties with chive breath. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sweatdrop.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sweat:"><br><br><br><br>
I just remember my Calamity. She would wake me up in the morning by standing on my chest and licking my nostrils. With chive breath, that would have been a really rude awakening.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 
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