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VioletCactus1's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 24/03/10 Frost: None
Location: BRIGHTON EAST, VIC, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why VioletCactus1 Love's Edible Plants

I am passionate about edible landscapes. For me they are just as beautiful as 'ornamental' plants.

Our soil in Brighton is sandy and we have had to build it up with lots of organic matter. Rainfall here in Melbourne is decreasing every year and it's hard to keep our garden well-watered.

Our small food forest faces north and contains too many rare and common edibles to count, from trees and shrubs right down to vegetables and herbs. Most of them are from Daleys.

Our biggest challenge is finding room for everything we want to grow!

Our rewards are many. Just watching a seed germinate is exciting. Watching your garden thrive is a joy, working in it is a delightful hobby and being able to eat fresh organic produce is a gift.

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andrew1 says... [2592 days 13hrs ago]
Hi, I read in the 'Overwintering Sweet Potato vine or tubers' thread on the forum that you have purple-fleshed sweet potatoes in Melbourne? I wondered if you could point me in the right direction to finding some tubers to grow from, or perhaps sell me one of yours to get started? I live in Melbourne, my email is andrew576189@hotmail.co.uk. Cheers
yuzukosho1 says... [503 days 4hrs ago]
Hi VioletCactus, I noticed on previous post you have a yuzu tree. I am aboutto plant one myself and am also in MElbourne. Do you have any tips? I am by no means a green thumb so need all the help I can get! Thanks in advance. Natalie email: yasnat@tpg.com.au

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Fruit Tree Forum Contributions

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Bayberry1 - So envious! I've been trying to grow Myrica for years. Good work, Phil!..1270 days 5hrs
Red bayberry - Either one of mine has germinated or there was a weed seed in my 'sterile' seed-raising mix. Two tiny green leaves are showing. It's too good to be true... could be a freak weed seed, but I'll wait and see...1915 days 12hrs
Red bayberry - I received my Myrica seeds today - THANK YOU Jantina! I haven't been on the Daleys Forum for quite a while and have been reading the backlog. It's good to see so many familar names (Hi Jujube!) and I was interested to read how everyone else is going abo..1921 days 13hrs
Elusive palms - Thanks for your offer, Julie! I do have some Butia palms, however. It's Jubaea I am looking for... Phil, would you have any Jubaea seeds for sale or swap? At the moment I have heaps of fresh Chinese Quince seeds and Strawberry Guava seeds to swap, alth..2054 days 1hrs
Elusive palms - Gosh Jantina, lucky you, and well done getting those Washingtonia filifera, Jubaea chilensis and Brahea edulis to germinate! I'm very envious, especially of the Jubaea! :) I currently have 4 Medjool and 5 Butia. Down here in Melbourne the Medjools grow..2057 days 8hrs
Bayberry1 - Mike, if he does come back with some and there are any to spare, I would *love* to grow them. Fingers crossed!..2066 days 6hrs
Cuttings seeds seedlings swap - I have that plant too, John Mc. Mine never fruits either. ..2074 days 6hrs
Gypsum - Gardening Australia has a fact sheet on how to test your clay soil to see if gypsum will work on it. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1676965.htm Presenter: Angus Stewart, 01/07/2006 Angus learns how to test clay soil Clay often gets bad..2272 days 12hrs
Edible climber for shade - Rowan, where did you get your Actinidia melandra, the purple fruited variety? ..2277 days 12hrs
Bug id4 - Well done, Kath! No known predators, eh? ..2279 days 7hrs
Bug id4 - Crikey, Phil, that's a lot of hungry beetles you have there! I'm wondering if it might be Aulacophora. Does the picture on this link look like your bug? http://www.pestnet.org/SummariesofMessages/Pests/PestsEntities/Insects/Beetles/Aulacophora/Aulacoph..2279 days 16hrs
Bees - Google tells me Yugar is in Queensland...2283 days 5hrs
Fake trees - Or melt...2284 days 2hrs
Importing seeds from usa - Yes. It's here - http://www.aqis.gov.au/icon32/asp/ex_querycontent.asp..2285 days 3hrs
Mirabelle tree - My young Mirabelle from Yalca is growing well, though it has not yet fruited...2285 days 14hrs

Fruit Tree Forum Likes

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Bayberry1 - One of Jantina's red bayberry trees from seed she sent. Multi-trunked, I wonder if it's because of the Giberellic acid I used to assist germination...Liked Answer 1270 days 5hrs
Bayberry1 - I have seeds of a more tropical red bayberry from south Taiwan called Black Carbon. I have treated some with GA3 and have other in moist peat moss in the vegie crisper. Maybe I should not have turned up my nose at an offer by a chinese grower to send me m..Liked Answer 1270 days 5hrs

Loquat - Nagasakiwase

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Blueberry - Climax

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Cedar Bay Cherry

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Macadamia - A16

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Guava Yellow Cherry

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Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

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Miracle Fruit

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Bunya Nut

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Macadamia - A4

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Sweet Potato - Sweet n Star

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Orange - Bergamot

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Finger Lime - Tasty Green

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Dwarf Peach - Standard

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I bought a dwarf tree thinking it would be a good idea for a suburban backyard. The dear little tree manages to produce a nice crop of fruits every year (though we have to fight off the earwigs) but I have learned NOT to buy dwarf trees. Horizontal space is the hardest to find in the backyard, bot vertical space. The ideal shape for a small garden tree is tall and thin. Like those 'Ballerina" apple trees. Not short and squat. The poor little tree just gets shaded by anything bigger that's nearby. In future I would buy a normal sized peach and just keep pruning it to size.


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MaryT says... [2613 days 6hrs ago]
Thanks for this - you saved me from making a big mistake! Of course we want to go up, not out, when we have limited space!

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Kiwiberry - 74-49F female

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See 'Kiwifruit - Male'.  An attractive, deciduous vine. Looking forward to the fruits!


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Kiwifruit - Male

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Kiwi fruit vines look truly lovely in spring and summer, with their layers of fresh green leaves. Mine is climbing up an old Hills Hoist. I have the male and the female planted together (of course) and was delighted to see two flowers for the first time this year.


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Allspice

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What a wonderful plant. The fragrance of the leaves is heavenly. I use them in rice dishes. It's also an attractive shrub with delicate flowers - I highly recommend it.


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MaryT says... [2613 days 6hrs ago]
Thanks for the recommendation. I use the spice in cakes but didn't realise you can use fresh leaves. I will read up on it and try to get a plant.

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Wampee - Yeem Pay

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Like my Longan this has not yet fruited but is looking very healthy and I have high hopes of fruit appearing next year.


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Longan - Kohala (Marcot)

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It has not had any fruit yet at 3 years old but is doing well, nourished by rich organic compost.


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Artemisia princeps

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Known in Japanese as 'Yomogi', this type of Artemisia is used to flavour mochi ricecakes, a delicious Japanese sweet.


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Artemisia vulgaris

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Artemisia vulgaris, or Common Wormwood, is a fragrant herb used medicinally. It's one of three Artemisia species I grow. They do very well in our climate and I constantly have to cut them back!


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Artemisia absinthum

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This is famously one of the herbs used to make the drink Absinthe, or 'Green Fairy'. It is also very pretty, with its feathery grey-green leaves.


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Orange - Bergamot

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I bought this from Daleys because the citrus oil from these oranges is the unique flavouring ingredient in Earl Grey tea.

Also, you can't go wrong with citrus trees - they are as ornamental as any tree, with their beautiful evergreen leaves and their pretty fruits and flowers, not to mention the lovely perfume of the flowers.

It has not fruited yet but is doing okay considering I had to squeeze it into a darish corner of the garden as I don;t have enough room! I would rather have planted it in full sun as it deserves.


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MaryT says... [2613 days 6hrs ago]
Have you had a fruit yet? Is this orange edible like normal oranges or only good for its oils? I am wondering if you can use it to make your own kind of Earl Grey by adding the rind to tea?

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blueberry- climax 9/10

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I bought this from Daleys. All their plants arrive in great condition and are very healthy.

I think my blueberry would like a more acidic soil than I have given it, but it is bearing fruit this year for the first time. Which is very exciting!  I keep going into the garden to look at the little ripening berries.


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Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

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Dragon Fruit do very well during Melbourne summers.


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Pitaya - Yellow Dragon Fruit

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Like my 'Vietnam' dragon fruit they have been doing very well indeed in spite of the fact that the poor things are cooped up in pots waiting for me to m,ake space from them in a dedicated 'dragon fruit bed' which can be covered over in winter.

Organic Status:Organic


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Pitaya - Pearl Dragon Fruit 9/10

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These have been growing very well. My only problem is that I do not yet have enough space for them in the garden so the poor things are still in pots. They will never get to fruiting size in pots!

I have found it's best to keep them out of the rain in winter, not that it really rains in Melbourne any more. When it's cold they hate being wet, and start rotting.

Very easy to grow from cuttings.

Planted: 2007

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Organic Status:Organic


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Cherry - Pretty Gully 7/10

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A pretty tree, growing fairly well. Naturally it is prey to cherry slug every year so watch out for that. We have not had much fruit off it yet, but we can be patient!

Fruiting Months February

Height 16 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pest Control:

Spray for cherry slug


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Mulberry - White Seedling 3/10

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This is a very beautiful tree but I have had no fruit from it at all. I did not buy it from Daley's I must add!

It's a very quick grower and we have to prune it every year so that it does not block out the summer sunlight from a lemon tree behind it.

I'd use it as a summer shade tree but as a fruit tree it's not going well.

Height 16 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

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None

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava - Strawberry 10/10

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Like the Yellow Cherry Guava, a very attractive shrub that fruits prolifically in summer. hen they are really ripe, these are my favourites of all the guavas I am growing.

Fruiting Months February and March

Planted: 2006

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None needed

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava Yellow Cherry 10/10

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Delicious fruit, though seedy. Grows really well in Melbourne.

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2006

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Seems almost invulnerable to pests.

Organic Status:Organic


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