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I emigrated to Brisbane a year ago and I have a small shady area.
Love to grow delicious berries. Can anyone advice me please.
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How did you go with sorting out an area where you could start something of with Helen.
I am a fan of strawberries and I know that they can be quite forgiving as long as you keep a bit of water up to them and as Roger Clark mentioned pots are a way to go if you want to find a position in the garden that works for you.
If the issue is that the only garden beds available are in the shade then growing in pots means you may be able to move the plants into sun or into the shade as needed. Pots of a size that are easily moved would be needed. And a good water retentive soil mix would be essential also. Lots of humus, possibly the use of coir and compost, and good quality potting mix would satisfy the needs of the plants chosen. There is always a way, if the desire is there.
There's shade and shade. For how long and how deep will be the limiting factor. Give it a whirl to find out for your yard.
I know gooseberry is right because I've done it many a time. My rhubarb is going okay as well.
Helen, shade is the issue. Few edibles will do well in the shade. Is there some way you can get your beds or pots out into the sun? Full sun 4 to 6 hours a day would be a minimum. In what suburb do you live? Perhaps there's a member nearby who can advise you.
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