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Branny1's Edible Backyard

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What to feed a fruiting blueberry bush - Ah, see this is where what they say about assumptions comes in... lols. All the brands of blood and bone available locally that I buy now come with things like 'Added Potash Booster!' or 'Fortified with Potassium' or some such on the packaging. Since a..444 days 1hrs
What to feed a fruiting blueberry bush - Hey, dude, did anyone answer this for you yet? Really, Blood and Bone is a good one for potassium anyway, but if you have homemade compost that's had a fair few banana peels thrown in, then a few handfuls of that mulched around your blueberries with do..479 days 21hrs
Seville orange - Ooh, if anybody has seedlings going, I'd love a couple. As long as there is no issue with postage to Brisbane? Thanks in advance to anyone that could help!..479 days 21hrs

Branny1's WISH LIST

Dwarf Apple - Dorsett Golden

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST Top of my priorities is growing apples in Brisbane. A few locals are having great success in South Brisbane. I want so badly.







Dwarf Apple - Tropical Anna

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST Top of my priorities is growing apples in Brisbane. A few locals are having great success in South Brisbane. I want so badly.







Dwarf Apple - Tropic Sweet

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST Top of my priorities is growing apples in Brisbane. A few locals are having great success in South Brisbane. I want so badly.







Nectarine - White Satin

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST I've never been a fan of white nectarines (or peaches) but I have only ever tasted supermarket stock. I'm told home grown is a whole 'nother experience. The description is lovely....







Nectarine - Sunwright

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST I really want some stone fruit in my garden. Dare I make the leap of faith in rotten old muggy Brisbane?







Spicezee - Nectarine x Plum

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST Oh, but I would love to try this. Heard it can out perform a low chill nectarine in my part of Brisbane. Would like a productive stone fruit. But how well does this do in a pot?







Pear - Flordahome

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST Would love to grow some good pears, but yet to encounter anyone doing so on my side of Brisbane. I love pears.







Peach - Angel Subtropical

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST I have heard great things about the taste of this one, and despite the amount of chill hours required, found folk growing it in South Brisbane. Really want it now.







Kiwiberry - Cutting

Why Branny1 wants it: - WISH LIST I am desperate for this one. I don't know if I have the space though. And do they grow in Brisbane?







Japanese Raisin

Why Branny1 wants it: - Sounds so interesting, I would love to try this.







Malabar Chestnut

Why Branny1 wants it: - I love trees, I love edible trees, I love effective shade trees, I love fast growing trees, I love multifunction trees- this one seems to be one that would really tick every box. 







Sweet Leaf Bush 6/10

Why Branny1 wants it: - I'm always looking for more greens that will grow in our grimey, humid summers. I've heard excellent things about the flavour.







Curry Plant (Seedling) 10/10

Branny1's Edible Fruits
Update: 417 days 17hrs

Comments: -

Wonderful little thing that loves my neglectful nature, thank goodness!! Found as tiny tubestock plant at Bunnings September 2015, now in September 2016 it is a lovely knee high, quite wide bush, that seems to do best when I ignore it and let the rain keep it happy. 


Planted into the ground into a slightly aged layered bed (compost, coir soaked in fish and seaweed, cardboard, bit of manure) and mulched with sugarcane mulch. Slightly under the eaves on the north side of the house, a metre from the brick wall. Lots of sun, and a bit of protection from being drowned.


Never flowered though. Perhaps not old enough?

Planted: 2015

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Pests don't touch it, and it is sitting in between two passionfruit vines planted at the same time, that have never had a pest problem ever. Quite the strong smell to it when touched, so natural deterrent, perhaps?

Organic Status:Organic


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Passionfruit - Black (Seedling)

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Update: 431 days 2hrs

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring


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Passionfruit - Panama Red (Seedling)

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Update: 431 days 2hrs

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Pigeon Pea

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Update: 431 days 2hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Bush Lemon Tree

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Update: 431 days 2hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Kei Apple (Seedling)

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Update: 431 days 2hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Raspberry - Heritage (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 443 days 24hrs

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Blueberry Burst (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 443 days 24hrs

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Water Given in: Spring


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Grumichama - Black (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 443 days 24hrs

Planted: 2016

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 443 days 24hrs

Planted: 2016

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Loquat - Seedling (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 515 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Purchased from Daley's, and I love how fast it was delivered, as well as how well it was packaged. I love the clear seedling tubes!! My posty lady was very careful with it. I think it's brilliant, making the packaging clear so the delivery peeps are a bit more careful.

I waited a bit too long to repot I think. I popped it my bathroom for a few days, in the window, because we were having a very hot week, and I didn't want it to die, as so many things do on entering my hotbox urban rental yard (Brisbane Southside!). When it went outside a week later, I promptly forgot about it for another week, while the poor thing was sitting in a tubestock pot!!

So when I repotted it, it had lost two of the seven lovely healthy leaves it came with. I repotted it immediately into a huge 70 L pot I had, with lots of compost and some coir soaked in mollasses and seasol to help it retain some moisture in the last of the Summer heat. I also threw in some blood and bone, and a handul of dynamic lifter pellets. 

It lost another leaf after that, and then just... sat there. It wasn't dying, but it wasn't living, either. Since then, in the available soil around it, I've put two different succulents in, a rose cutting, and my son's bean plants he grew at school. And they ALL just sat there for a while, doing nothing.

Despite it being the middle of winter, and cold, and dismal and cloudy and rainy, suddenly, I have new growth on the loquat! And the two succulents I thought were going to die are looking good, and the beans are actually flowering. Sadly, I did not remove enough of the skin of the half a potato I stuck the rose cutting in, so I have had a massive potato plant shoot out the side, and I had to remove that (and repot it once I saw all the baby potatoes growing off the roots!). I am quite surprised at its sudden growth, and once looking at it, despite it having only the four leaves it started with, I am startled to realise it is actually taller. Quite a hardy little thing after all!

I think I'm a few years off a harvest, but I'm hoping that it will be a good grower once the warmer weather sets in. The plan is for dynamic lifter and seasol once spring rolls around. No pests have touched it, despite the persistance of mealy bugs, grasshoppers, fruit fly and aphids all through winter this year. I'm hoping it will be hardy enough to grow to shade my bedroom window this summer!

Planted: 2016

Height 0.75 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Dwarf Lemon - Meyer (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 515 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Mine is the 'Lots of Lemons', which I believe is a Meyer variety. Not grafted.

This, with my Tahitan Lime, were Christmas gifts 2014. These poor citrus. Goodness me, they have been through a lot.

For some reason that escapes me, I repotted the Lime, and not the Lemon, and it sat in it's original 25L pot for months in my yard- poor thing. I know I fertilised it, but it never occured to me to repot it. It set flowers the first month, and I had one fruit come in nicely (the possums ate the other flowers and have since not touched them. They prefer everything else in my yard) and then three more fruit a month or two later. I hadn't been told yet to pinch out the fruit the first year to help promote growth of the tree, so I let the fruit grow.

The first lemon was delicious. I have never had such a lovely lemon. You could smell them a few metres away while they were on the tree! Lovely! Seven months for the fruit to be ready, but it was delicious!

Sadly, hubby had borrowed one of my hoses for something, and when he replaced them, the sprinkler was moved, and I wasn't aware. So when I was setting the timer on the sprinklers every morning before running off to school, I never noticed that the lemon was now not getting even a speck of the water, and in the heat we had, it dropped all the developing fruit before I had caught on. It looked dreadful, and I pruned it and moved it, and watered it.

And then had aphids, citrus gall wasp, giant brown caterpillars, leaf miner, and citrus swallowtail catterpillars absolutely decimate the poor thing. Fruit flies everywhere! They were breeding in the soil beneath the tree, even!

I should have just let it die, but I didn't. It went into a huge pot with chook poo and compost and coir soaked in mollasses and seasol, some dynamic lifter pellets and some blood and bone, and some lime. I trimmed off all the galls and anything really dead, and underplanted it with garlic, garlic chives, and marigolds. It has a few lettuce seedlings, and even a few carrots towards the edges now. At first it looked woeful, a stick about 30cm tall with a few leaves on. But it has put on so much new growth since, and in the last six months has reached a half a metre, not much, but more wide than tall now, and very bushy and glossy. No more pests, and it looks healthy. We shall see. 

Mid winter 2016 now, and it looks lovely, even though it gets very little sun with the stupid weather we are having. Everything in the pot is doing well, and I occasionally throw on a few dynamic lifter pellets, and a cupful of fishy pond water or two. I will be guarding against the pests with great prejudice this year, and setting yellow sticky traps to catch as much as possible. This tree will live, so help me it will!

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Dwarf Lime - Tahitian (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 515 days 24hrs

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I recieved my Tahitian Lime and my Lots-of-Lemons as Christmas gifts in 2014. And wow, these things have been put through the ringer.

Any pest capable of getting something from a citrus, has attacked my babies. ARGH!

This was repotted into a large 70 L tub, with Osmocote citrus soil, cheapy bunnings compost, coir soaked in seasol and mollasses, chook manure, dynamic lifter pellets, and some lime. I think I threw in some blood and bone as well. Plant did well in the mix, and bushed out quickly, and set dozens of flowers in the first month.

Which the possums quickly ate. I mean it. Any time I get flowers, they eat the lot. Any that last long enough to turn into itty bitty fruit either get eaten, or knocked off in the possum's haste to eat all the flowers. I have tried covering with netting and weighting it down with bricks, and they shove the bricks away, and climb under!! So far, in two years, I have not had a single fruit. They also eat all the Lemonade flowers, as well as capsicum flowers, and all my strawberries. Dagnabbit.

Since then, I have had citrus miner, citrus gall wasp, giant brown caterpillars, citrus swallowtail butterfly catterpillars, fruit fly, aphids, you name it, they love it. The poor thing has hung on, and I am about to give it a bit of a hair cut, and move it to a better spot, since it is far enough around the back yard that it gets little attention. I think a season of being centre placed for me to baby it will do it good.

I remove most bugs by hand, so this one has never had sprays. I fertilise every other month with dynamic lifter pellets under the sugar cane mulch, and a good dose of seasol when I remember. It also seems to do well with some of the 'black marvel' rose fertiliser every once in a while. I plan to underplant with a few different herbs before spring to try and keep the bug population down, so we shall see how that goes. And yellow sticky cards, to trap any returning gall wasps I have missed!

I am attempting chicken wire cages to deter possums. Here's hoping for fruit Summer 2016!!!

Fruiting Months January, February, March, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2014

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Choko 9/10

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Update: 515 days 24hrs

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I didn't buy a choko plant. I bought a choko from my local coles, and sat it in the kitchen. A week later, I had fifteen cm of vine coming from the top.

I have literally done bugger all to get this to grow. I had a large styrofoam container -the type you get from the F&V shop that had broccolli in- and it had some very woody compost mix from my mother-in-law's yard that she had already grown a few seasons of ginger in, and I just shoved it in. I barely even water it.

The only hiccup in starting this, was mealy bugs. As soon as the vine was thirty cm long, it had mealy bugs all tucked in the new growth and it stopped growing. I used a spray (I do try and keep my yard chem free, but lately the bugs are OUT OF CONTROL) and sprayed very carefully into the folds of the new leaves every two days for about a week, and I have not had a problem since. However, that may be because I have planted a few garlic bulbs into the other end of the box, and added a marigold or two. They seem to all be growing quite well together, though I am hesitant to add anything else to the box, so I will be adding some sugar cane mulch soon, to insulate through the warmer months.

No fertilisers used yet. Just the occasional cup of water from the pond, loaded with fish poo! I will probably get the worm juice and seasol out there come spring, and chuck some dynamic lifter pellets on for good measure.

The vine is a month old, and about a meter tall, working its way over a trellis I have put over our container pond. I am hoping that the prolific vine will deter the birdies from trying to take my fish!!! I am quite surprised at how well it is growing in this cold, wet winter we are having. Where it is, it gets about an hour or two of sun on a good day, and should get three or four hours of morning sun in the Summer. Here's hoping it will be big enough to withstand the heat of my hotbox urban cemented yard come summer!!

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Organic Status:Pesticides Used


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Finger Lime - Grafted (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 516 days 0hrs

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Mine is on a rootstock Cox. Recieved as a gift Christmas 2015, didn't repot until January 2016. Seemed fine sitting in the pot it came in, but absolutely exploded with growth once I got it into the new pot- which I am still not sure if that was the size of the container it is now in (70 L) or what it was potted into. I used cheapy bunnings compost, cow poo, a block of coir soaked in seasol and mollasses, a hand full of dynamic lifter, and a smidge of lime. I'm told they don't like very rich soil, but mine has thrived in the mix.

Another thing I have found is that despite everything saying full sun for these guys, mine did NOT like the full sun in my hot, concreted suburban backyard. Instead, I have moved it to a spot that only gets perhaps two to three hours of morning summer sun before it is in shade by 11, and it did a whole lot better there. The sun was scorching the new growth right off, and the leaves were all turning yellow. It is happy and bushy now in more shade, even with very little sun in the midst of winter at the moment. I have it underplanted with an english spinach plant, bok choy, a whole whack of johnny jump-ups, and a succulent as living mulch, and there is a butter bean vine planted in the back of the pot, and it seems to tolerate living with these really well. There is a Salvia in there as well, but it is not doing great in so much shade, so I shall be digging that out soon.

It IS a very spiky plant, though I have never been scratched by it. A little care is needed, but my kids know to be careful, and nobody has been bitten yet!! I have it placed by my front gate, in front of my glass sliding door. We don't use the door as a door, so it is a good security measure, lols.

My biggest problem with the Finger Lime has been ants and APHIDS. The ants persist in wanting to nest underneath the Finger Lime, so I have to flood the pot every few weeks to drive them out again. This has become less of an issue since I underplanted the tree with flowers, etc, as I think the additional root systems around the edge of the pot are keeping the soil more moist than they like. I shall see how this progresses. But they do herd the bloody APHIDS around the tree. Despite wanting to keep my yard as chemical free as possible, I have had to resort to chem aids to rid my poor Lime of the aphids. They tuck into the delicate new growth where I cannot reach them, and so I have had to spray every two-three days for the last four weeks to rid myself of them. The ants will herd them to unsprayed foliage, as well, so you must spray the entire plant if you have aphids, or they will simply reappear elsewhere a few days later. Very annoying.

I was told that I would not get fruit until the tree was at LEAST three years old, but many others seem to have fruit much earlier than that, so I shall see this summer, I suppose.


Planted: 2016

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 580 days 19hrs

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Location: RUNCORN Brisbane Southside. Very hot backyard on a concrete slab.



Recieved as a christmas pressie 2015. Repotted to a 65L pot late January, with cheap bunnings compost, 1/3 bag of cow poo, a block of coir (soaked in a bucket of water with seasol and mollasses), a handful of organic dynamic lifter for veg, a handful of blood and bone, a sprinkle of lime, and a handful of a rose fertiliser called 'Black Marvel' that I bought on a whim that I find does well with fruit trees- it's high potash.


I should not have waited so long to repot. It struggled in the hot summer here, in it's standard little pot, which I knew it would, since I have managed to kill a few before. It took off really well after repotting- I think mulberries need a larger pot if you aren't going to stick them in the ground, because they will die very quickly if they dry out or overheat. Mine has absolutely exploded with growth, though, since I started popping a half a litre of water from our little table-top pond in there every week. We have fishies, so the water is rich with nutrients.


Besides that, I generally leave it to recieve rain water, or toss a half a litre of water on it near the root zone every other day, with a deeper soak weekly. I expect to water more often in dryer or hotter weather. The pot is also shielded from the sun by another pot in front, but the soil and plant recieve about 4-6 hours morning sun, and completely in shade of the house by afternoon.


I have underplanted it with strawberries, garlic, and garlic chives, and I plan to pop some spinach or sorrel in there, too, now that it has cooled for Autumn. Although I have had a few massive Citrus Swallowtail Butterflies hovering about it, I have no caterpillars on it yet. Fruit flies (both the bigger, fly looking ones, as well as the little mite hovering things) tend to hang about and sit on the leaves for some reason, though that seems to be lessening since I planted the garlic cloves and chives. I plan to hang yellow sticky fruit fly traps this Spring, as I have had an infestation of Citrus Gall Wasp in my lemon and limes this last year. We shall see how that goes.


I know that Mulberries are supposed to be deciduous, but in my part of Brisbane, I have never seen them do much more than thin down a bit. Certainly, mine has lost maybe a dozen leaves -two or three at a time yellowing and falling off- but it just seems to bush out furthur despite the cooling weather. I've been told that I will not get fruit this year, because I have put it in a big enough pot that it will focus on leaf growth rather than fruit, but I cannot really see that as a bad thing (the more growth it has, the more likely it is to survive Summer 2016!) and I cannot confirm this anyway. We'll see how it goes.


Really happy with it so far. I've actually had a hell of a time with all my citrus, so I'm looking forward to watching something be actually productive and healthy in my hotbox of a rental yard.

Planted: 2015

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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