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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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Comment by Russell James on February 4, 2019 at 13:58

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.

Comment by Roger Clark on January 27, 2019 at 10:06

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.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 27, 2019 at 9:44

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.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 27, 2019 at 4:56
Google search result: 
Many fruit-bearing bushes, including gooseberries and blackcurrants, grow and crop well in partial shade, particularly during warm summers.
  • Cherries.
  • Gooseberries.
  • Rhubarb.
  • Blackberries.
  • Blackcurrants.
  • Raspberries.
  • Pears.
  • Redcurrants and whitecurrants.

I know gooseberry is right because I've done it many a time.  My rhubarb is going okay as well.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 26, 2019 at 15:18

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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