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IN THE GARDEN: Readers' questions answered; what to plant

Asparagus can grow in a shady spot in the garden. Keep reading for other plants that don't require full sun.

It is definitely gardening season.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed us with questions and comments. Please feel free to continue emailing us with questions and discoveries. Here are a few that we would like to share with y'all.


Darin of Bertram asks: “I have extended our garden area to include some shady spots. What are some vegetables/herbs that thrive in partial sun, shady area?”

Here is a list of things you can plant in the shady section of your garden: arugula, asparagus, basil, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, carrots, catnip, cauliflower, chard (Swiss), celery, chives, endive, flag (sweet), garlic, garden cress, germander, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, leeks, lemon balm, mint, mustards, parsnips, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rosemary, rutabagas, scallions, sorrel, spinach, summer squash, turnips, Valerian, watercress, woodruff (sweet).


Samuel of Llano asks: “I read somewhere that you shouldn’t plant watermelon next to corn. Why would that matter?

The reason is due to the height the corn will grow. Corn can grow upwards of 6 feet tall. Watermelon generally tops out at one foot. If the watermelon is planted close to the corn, because of the corn’s height, the watermelon would be in the shade. Watermelon plants prefer full sun.

A few other plants that can create shade because of their height of 5-6 feet are snap or lima bean poles and climbing okra. Broccoli, cauliflower, lavender, peppers, rosemary, and tomatoes can exceed 3 feet in height.


Emily of Mason asks: “I’d like to grow some herbs this year. Are there herbs that will last through the year until next spring?”

Herbs are fantastic to have in your garden. Some herbs you plant each year. Some are perennials lasting a long number of years. The difference between annuals and perennials is life expectancy. An herb listed as annual generally will only last through the harvesting season. Whereas, a perennial herb will either stay green all year or return each year for our nasal and culinary enjoyment.

A few perennial herbs that we enjoy from year to year are chives, lavender (English is hardier than French), lemon balm, lovage, oregano, rosemary, sage, sorrel, spearmint, sweet cicely, tarragon, and thyme.


Vegetables: tomatoes, lima beans, snap beans, beets, chard, okra, black-eyed peas, radishes, New Zealand spinach, summer squash.

Herbs: anise, basil, bay, catnip, chives, costmary, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, scented geranium, germander, horehound, horseradish, lamb’s ear, lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, Mexican mint marigold, oregano, perilla, rosemary, sage, santolina, summer savory, winter savory, sesame, sorrel, southernwood, tansy, tarragon, thyme, wormwood.

Annual flower/ornamental seeds: ageratum, balsam, castor bean, celosia, cleome, coleus, coreopsis, cosmos, cypress vine, four o’clock, globe amaranth (gomphrena), gourds, hyacinth bean vine, impatiens, marigold, moonflower vine, morning glory vine, periwinkle, sunflower, tithonia (Mexican sunflower), zinnia.

Remember to journal or take notes of where you planted what, and keep your avian “watering holes” full.

Til next time. Keep your souls and soles in your garden! Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1

"In the Garden" is written by father-daughter duo Bill and Martelle Luedecke and Bill Luedecke. Contact Martelle at 512-769-3179 or Contact Bill at 512-577-1463 or

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