I dabbled in gardening a few years ago. I had success with mint, catnip, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes. Whenever I have a house with a yard, I would like to grow most of my produce. Food is tastier when you grow it yourself.
Right now I have a problem. I live in a teeny apartment with a porch that faces north, and my green thumb is itching. Unless I am mistaken, the plants I grew in the past need a lot of sun. I have heard of ways to increase the amount of sun plants get, such as putting aluminum foil around them to reflect sunlight. But I am skeptical.
What are some useful plants I can grow in the shade? I have heard aloe vera is pretty durable. Are there any others? I am interested in useful plants. Things I could eat. I am also interested in plants that would be beneficial to a future garden, such as flowers that attract beneficial insects.
Thanks for your help!