For successful growing in the shade, remove low-hanging branches from nearby trees, use raised beds and liners to discourage tree roots from wicking water away from crops, and use reflective mulches to give plants more light.
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DEEP ROOT WATERING made easy.not just for growing squash ;) Tips for growing squash, Place the seeds AROUND the pot. When you water, you water inthe pot so the water comes out of the drain holes around the bottom for deep root watering.
Culver's Root in full glory in the garden. This showy native likes damp soil, and full sun to part shade. I grow it with Echinacea and they make a smashing pair! Culver's Root was a medicinal darling of the Eclectic physicians at the turn of the century -- the root is a strong hepatic stimulant and laxative. Veronicastrum virginicum.