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Fruit trees in the Illawarra

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Skybow starts with ...
I'm new to the gardening scene and have spent the last few months planning and developing an edible garden. I am located in the Illawarra region of NSW and looking for other people from this area to see what plants have been successful for you.

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Skye
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12th October 2016 9:50pm
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Pademelon1 says...
Hi Skye,

There is an existing page in the forums that has already extensively discussed growing tropical fruits in Sydney/Wollongong, so be sure to search that up.

Most if not all sub-tropical fruits and veg can be grown in Illawarra, as well as many temperate plants. The only fruit tree I would advise you not to try is the cherry, as they are very hard to produce fruit from that far north.

Search around Daley's site and look at the fruit that spark your interest, most will have a good description of the conditions it needs, so you can see if it matches your area or whether you can create a microclimate for it.

If you are new to gardening, try experimenting a little before buying a large number of plants, you may find your garden can cater for a wider variety than you expected, or find that you need to adjust your plans. Soil, pH and Microclimate adjustment can allow you to grow plants that would normally find it difficult to grow there.

EDIT: I looked at your 'My Edibles' Page and see that you already seem to have a fairly sizeable and diverse garden. You probably already know most of what I wrote, so sorry about that. I am heavily interested in Bush Tucker, and so can answer a your query about the Midyim: Midyim Berries should fruit in their first year if treated well, but it will be a small crop. The first major crop will occur in the 2nd-3rd season. I advise growing a number of these together rather than a single plant. The berries are quite inconspicuous so it may have fruited without you even knowing!

If you have other bush-food queries, I am glad to help. Hope some of this helped,
Pademelon1
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Waterfall says...
check out happy earth's garden, they are in the gong.

http://www.happyearth.com.au/
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Don C says...
There is another thread that you may wish to look at https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/tropical-fruit-trees-successfuly-grown-in-sydneywollongongnewcastle3/
The Illawara seems to have quite a strong community of growers, so try visiting some of the community gardens:
http://foodfairnessillawarra.org.au/sustainable-food/community-gardens/
The region also has Happy Earth:
http://www.happyearth.com.au
They seem to be quieter online now, but their past online presence is of the highest calibre.
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Skybow says...
Thanks so much for all these leads! I will certainly check them out. Great advice on the midyim berries, I might put a couple more in this weekend.

Happy Earth's garden website has really inspired me. Their website provides a wealth of info. As I'm closer to the mountains than the coast I imagine some of the trees they have may not take as well without creating a micro climate.

Off to reading your links : )
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