Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:38
My last garden was an inner city north-facing back yard - I was able to grow runner and French beans, lettuces, beetroot and chard very successfully. Chives, parsley, mint and lovage were happy in the back garden and thymes, sage and rosemary I grew as has been suggested, in containers by the front door.
Rhubarb, gooseberries and raspberries don't need full sun, and morello cherries do best on a north-facing wall or fence.
You'll be surprised at the amount of things you can grow.
The thing I found was that you have to cram as much into the mid-summer season when the sunlight hours are the longest - it's useless trying to grow early or late season veg in a shady plot. The other important thing is to improve the soil with lots of home made compost and well-rotted manure so that it is dark in colour - that helps it to hold the heat. Also important it to ensure good drainage. Most plants can cope with lower temperatures as long as their roots aren't in sodden ground.