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Steven's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 21/09/10 Frost: Low
Location: VIC, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Steven Love's Edible Plants

Because i get to eat them!!


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Steven Forum Contributions
Prickly pear cuttings - Hi Abi, Id give you some but im located in Melbourne. Do you know any Italians? Most, especially the older generation will either have them growing in their backyard or know someone who does. After they immigrated they used to plant them along the ..367 days 14hrs
Coffee - Hi Mark, Thanks for your help, i cant see any spider mites on it but ill have another look just in case. ill check out the eco oil too Thanks Steven..380 days 11hrs
Coffee - Hi everyone, Im still getting these strange spots on my coffee tree which are killing the leaves, white oil seems to help a bit. Does anyone know what it is and how to get rid of them..385 days 7hrs
Lychee tree - I havent tried Lychee, it would be interesting to see if people have been successful. I have successfully grown bananas but the papaya didnt do much. The issue i found is that they would grow in Jan to March but then die back in winter and take a long tim..800 days 15hrs
Worm farms - In my worm farm there is usually always alot of worms in the lower trays unless the top tray is almost completely full of compost. It doesnt really worry me though. When i want to fertilize something i scrape off a few handfuls of castings and put it in a..830 days 15hrs
Coffee - Hi Everyone, Does anyone know what these spots at damage on my coffee tree are? Overall the tree looks quite healthy but recently its started losing its lower leaves and im not sure what it is? Thanks Steven..837 days 15hrs
Coffee - Hi Mary, What variety coffee do you grow? Ive grown Arabica for many years now and they are most definitely self fertile so you dont need a male & female plant. It was my understanding that all coffee varieties are this way? Thanks..842 days 15hrs
Yellow lemon tree leaves - If it were me unless its potted in something akin to orchid mix i wouldnt bother re-potting it. The best and simplest way ive found to prevent pots from drying out is to simply put a tray under the pot. You can get them suitable for almost any pot size at..842 days 15hrs
Mango tree not fruiting - Hi Bourne, It looks fine to me, the flowers that aren't pollinated will die and fall off the tree. The ones that are pollinated will set fruit. I hope this helps Steven..882 days 15hrs
Tree killing poison - If you want to kill a tree the easiest way to do that would be to drill several holes in the tree (say 6mm) and pour pure glyphosate weedkiller into each hole. You have to be quick though as apparently the holes close up quite quickly. So drill a hole ..892 days 15hrs
Sick avocado tree - Hopefully it pulls through. I had one I grew from seed in the ground and it was doing really well until we got a hot dry spell during summer and it lost all its leaves. I thought it was gone but its slowly picked back up. It hasnt grown as much as youd ho..917 days 11hrs
Sick avocado tree - I agree with Mark, you could also feed it some seasol (not fertilizer) which hopefully will give it a bit of a boost. Mark how do your Papayas go? I planted some in a a greenhouse but they would take too long to pick up once the weather warms up to r..919 days 16hrs
Sick avocado tree - Hi john I hope you're well Most of the time when a tree gets sick its because its stressed and the disease iself is a biproduct of that. Is the tree inside or out? because it may not be getting enough light inside. Also check the soil to make sure..924 days 14hrs
Disease in coffee plant - I had scale insects on once of my indoor coffee trees. You can squirt them off with the jet from your hose that usually works pretty well. Also if you find a praying mantis put him on the tree, he'll find a good home for them... ..1019 days 13hrs
Vanilla orchid cuttings - Hi Simmo how are you? Id love to get a few cuttings if you're still offering them. :)..1032 days 14hrs

Fruit Tree Forum Likes

Steven has LIKED the following:
Coffee - Yes coffee is monoecious , MaryMary is being quite contrary ;)..Liked Answer 841 days 13hrs
Growing rice - That's too high tech and massive for me. Here's the before and after of my little 'pond'. Everything is in miniature here...Liked Answer 1703 days 9hrs
Growing rice - Mine wasn't growing in water, it grew well in my garden soil, that I kept wet & mulched :-)..Liked Answer 1703 days 9hrs
Growing rice - Good on you, Steven. I think it's quite a romantic idea, growing rice :) If it does not work there are so many other things you can try. I only have a planter pond but it's productive - I feed my worms to the goldfish which in turns put nutrients in ..Liked Answer 1704 days 8hrs

Banana - Cavendish Dwarf (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 3203 days 13hrs

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Is growing quite well, it is a dwarf cool variety. During spring and summer if i look after it properly it grows like a weed and has now turned into about 6 medium sized plants.


During winter they look sick and die back but shoot back up in spring again. they are in pots at the moment so they havent fruited. ill plant them into the greenhouse when its completed and hopefully theyll grow into large plants full of fruit

Height 1.5 metres

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: None they dont ever seem to need it

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava - Strawberry

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Update: 3203 days 13hrs

Comments: - Has grown a bit, its starting to flower now. Once i plant it in the ground i think it will shoot up.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Mango - Bowen (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 3203 days 13hrs

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Bought a couple of years ago, i protected it in winter for the first couple of seasons but now its in a large pot outside fully exposed during winter and it does fine.


Last season it flowered and a few fruits set but dropped them shortly after. Its a young tree though so its common for that to happen so im not worried. So far im really happy with how its grown. Everyone told me it would not be able to survive here and will die during its first winter.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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vlct says... [2063 days 11hrs ago]
How's the mango going

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Coffee arabica (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 3203 days 13hrs

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They are growing quite well, are still in pots but have turned into nice bushes. They flowered last summer and are still holding onto the fruit. One has grown quite large and is inside now full of fruit. the other two are outside still and are still holding onto quite a few berries.


Grow in a warm location with filtered light, they like to be watered frequently and fertilized once every month or two.

First Fruited: 1.5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Every month or two, and every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer, but only in growing season

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava Yellow Cherry

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Update: 3510 days 7hrs

Comments: - Also has grown well but not great. Still in a pot but is almost a meter tall. Is fruiting for the first time now and is fruiting quite heavily.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Macadamia - A4

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Update: 3573 days 14hrs

Comments: - Died last winter....

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blueberry - Gulfcoast

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Blueberry - Sharpblue

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