edible garden in shade

hedwig(QLD Brisbane)July 15, 2005

Hello, we just moved in a house with garden. In our area there are only supermarkets to by veggies, I begun to plant an edible garden. Our site is a south-slope (in Queeslan/Aus.)and in the backyard there are trees in our and in the neighbour gardens. The frontyard is east-orientated, the backyard west-orientated. In the backyard there is a shady patch (now it is shady; we have winter), but I can see the sky (not trees) when I move up my head. The climate is subtropical.

1. Can I grow vegetables in the patch in our backjard, and which vegetables will grow there?

2. What is full sun? The frontyard has about four or five hours sun a day , can I grow tomatos, zuchinis, melons and stuff like that?

3. Is it possible to grow any fruit or vegetables under trees?

I do not know the climate here because we moved from Europe!

And - as you shurely see, I had'nt a garden bevore.

Thank you for answering!

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karinl(BC Z8)

I can't help you much with vegetables, but berries, especially raspberries, will grow and bear fruit in quite a bit of shade.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 1:44PM
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daisy_ny6(z6 NY)

Australia is quite different from North America (which is all I know), climate-wise. Among other things, the sunlight is far more intense because of the latitude, so where I would need 8 hours direct sun, you may do very well with 4.

There is a dedicated Australian forum for edibles - you'd probably find the best advice there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Oz Edibles

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 2:38PM
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If Raspberries do not need FULL meaning 6-8 hours of sun then I am doing something wrong becuase mine are not producing. My boss the green house owner told me full means 6-8. Some plants do ok with 4-6. Vegetables, will be slow to grow with less then six, so it woudl depend on the length of your season. Here in MN USA I have only 12-16 weeks so my tomatoes have to be in 6 to get anything. A local greenhouse would be most helpful for what your climate will sustain.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2005 at 10:12AM
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kimpa(z6b PA)

Lettuce might work especially the kind you can cut the individual leaves off, not head lettuce. I read to start the seedlings in more sun (so they will grow faster) then wean them into the more shade area. Broccoli might do with less sun too.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2005 at 11:53AM
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