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BJ11's Edible Backyard

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Location: KENSINGTON


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What fruit is this3 - That looks like a loquat (eriobotrya japonica)! Much more useful than a kumquat ... but probably equally popular. :) ..689 days 24hrs
Findinh naranjilla or lulo - It is rumoured to be available as seedlings in markets around Queensland. If you're willing to give seeds a go - Fair Dinkum Seeds has seeds in stock; as does Australian Gardener and Herbs Australia. They are reputed to strike easily so it might be wor..690 days 24hrs
Planting lychee - Hi Haley, I always try and mound my fruit trees on clay. Don't do a little mound, but raise the entire area you expect the roots to be. This could be a mound with a diameter of several meters, with a height 30-50cm in the middle. I also dig a hole in th..690 days 24hrs
Should i also grow herbs in a - Give it a shot! Grapes will grow in very poor nutrient soil - and if you pick the right herbs it may even help the grape. Your grape would probably enjoy sharing its pot with oregano, basil, geraniums, garlic, chives, and rosemary. Just DON'T plant the..691 days 9hrs
Finger limes28 - Finger limes will grow in a pot (think a 1/2 wine barrel). Most citrus will cope in a pot with a bit of TLC. Good luck..691 days 9hrs

Grape - Pinot (Bress) (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 765 days 11hrs

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Planted in grape zone locations 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20-34, 35-60. Soil is a mix of loam, clay, compost, ash etc.

Cuttings taken from grapes that produce my absolute favorite wine (Bress). They were trying to produce delectable fruit within months of being cut from the parent plant!

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 48

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: small birds to eat bugs. Big fences to deter macropods

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Plum - Blood 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted in location #42 (clay, loam, quartz) . Believed to be a Japanese blood plum (so should cross with existing plums). Was rescued from a deceased estate. Trunk was about 25cm in diameter. It was pruned to about 1.2m high and 1m wide (<30% of its original size), and roots were pruned to within 40cm of trunk. It produced leaves in spring 2016, but these were shredded by parrots until there was so much growth the parrots couldn't land anywhere on it. It seems determined to live!

Planted: 2016

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: No real pests apparent

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Advanced Persimmon - Ichikikijiro (NA) (Grafted) 3/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #41 (clay loam). Struggling. Has not grown in two years. Graft tape was still on and unhealed.

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control: No pests or diseases aparent. Plant failing to thrive. It has one more summer or will be replaced with a different label

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Cherry - Stella (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #40 (clay, some loam). Growing straight and vigerously

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: chickens to combat pear slug

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Cherry - Morello (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #39 (clay). Sour cherry - so incredibly full of flavour. Unfortunately the birds think so to!

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens used to combat pear slug (which can attack it quite harshly)

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Medlar - Dutch (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #38 (clay). Is a worthy plant if just for autumn foliage (orange, red and purple!). Is very strong and healthy

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Had some pear slug. Chickens will resolve this

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Persimmon - Nightingale (A) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #37 (clay loam). Growing very strongly. Required some staking as trunk was not strong enough to support canopy. Pruning and staking has rectified this.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Appears unaffected by anything!

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apricot - Moorpark (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #36 (clay, som quartz). Suffered black die-back severly during first summer. Cut back to healthy growth just above the graft and is now growingly strongly.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens and pruning

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apricot - Tilton (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #35 (clay). Growing strongly

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chook patrol

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apricot - Goldrich (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #34 (clay and some quartz).

Planted: 2015

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Some black die-back noticed on tips during first summer. These were cut off hygenically. Plant has recovered

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Almond - Ne Plus Ultra (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #33 (clay, some loam). Appears to be a double graft (although lable suggests not - one half gets terrible leaf curl, the other half is barely affected). Graft join appears to be a deliberate double. Both halves growing with equal vigour

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Spray for leaf curl

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Almond - Californian Papershell (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #32 (mostly clay). Growing strongly

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

spray for leaf curl (has a significant issue with leaf curl)

Chickens for others

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Almond - Self Pollinating Papershell (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted in loation #31. Soil is clay. Has strong growth, but serious leaf curl issues. Chickens keen to scratch around the base.

Planted: 2015

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: leaf curl spray and chickens

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Crimson Crisp (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted in location #8 (loam and clay) as a root-bound Bunnings Bargin rescue. Roots were washed clear of material, teased out and planted (as for bare rooted). Tree has thrived

Planted: 2017

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: The chicken's second favorite apple to scratch

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Yates (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted in location #30 in clay. Seems very keen to set fruit (even when incredibly young)

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Fuji (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted position #29 (mostly clay). Selected to be a fresh eating apple

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Rokewood (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted position #28 (clay loam). Should be a very late variety (spreading the harvest)

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Granny Smith (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted location #27 in clay loam. What is not to love about the Aussie Granny Smith? Strong plant, tasty fruit.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chicken patrol

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Kingston Black (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - Planted in location #26 (clay loam). Thriving in location

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Apple - Rein des Hatives (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: -  Planted in position #25, clay with some loam. Thriving. Hope to use as a sweet cider apple.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Favorite scratching tree for the chickens, so should avoid most bugs!

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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nectarine - fairlane (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 12hrs

Comments: - planted in location #24 (quartz, clay, small amount of loam). Seems comfortable in poorer soil. Has some leaf curl.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: chickens to prevent bugs. Spray to prevent leaf curl.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Nectarine - Early Rivers - High Chill (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 765 days 13hrs

Comments: - planted in location #23 (some volcanic loam, some quartz, some clay). Suffers from leaf curl

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: chickens to prevent bugs, spray to combat leaf curl

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Peach - Blackboy (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 765 days 13hrs

Comments: - Planted in location #22 (clay and loam). I am very keen to discover what these peachs are like. Plant is very vigerous and strong.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens keep away bugs, Plant has the occasional spot of leaf curl, but is more resistant than most of the other peaches and nectarines

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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nectarine - Goldmine

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Update: 765 days 13hrs

Comments: - Planted in location #21 (clay and some loam). Late ripening (mid Feb?), white flesh, free stone

Planted: 2015

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Leaf curl is a problem. Chickens protect against bugs

Organic Status:Organic


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Pear - Green Horse (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 778 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Ideally one day will allow cider creation


Planted location #4 of orchard in mix of volcanic loam and clay. Was initially planted outside of orchard in 'double hole' with Gin Perry Pear - but wallaby was eating any growth it could reach. Planted in orchard in 2017

Planted: 2016

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: chickens (have an issue with pear slug - may need to use chemicals in future

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple - Tydeman's Early Worester (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in position #20

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Quince - De Bourgeaut (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in position #19 of orchard in clay gravel. Growing like a weed. Fruited first year planted.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Has minor pear slug impact. Chickens will be used to minimise

Organic Status:Organic


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Peach - J.H.Hale (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Known as the J.H.Hale Million Dollar Peach requires Blackburn Elberta as a pollinator so sharing position #18 in the orchard (planted in same hole with volcanic loam and quart).

Barerooted plants were planted in spring but took time to 'wake up'

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Peach - Blackburn Elberta (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

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Planted in #18 of orchard (with J.H. Hale Peach). Attempting a 'two plants in one hole' situation. In volcanic loam wiht quartz, but also on a drainage line.

Barerooted plants were planted in mid-spring, so took time to 'wake up'.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Peach - Anzac (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in position #17 in orchard (volcanic loam)

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Had significant leaf curl that may require treatment (but was throughly healthy in second flush)

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple - Pink Lady (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in position #16 in volcanic loam (with some quartz).

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Is the apple of choice for attack by the parrots. Has struggled with onslaught!

Organic Status:Organic


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Peach - Cresthaven

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Planted in position #15.

What is not to like about peaches!?

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control: Had some leaf curl. May need to treat in the future

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple - Foxwhelp

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Planted in position #14 in gravel / clay. 

Destined for cider.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens to control pear slug, but none apparent on this tree

Organic Status:Organic


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Pomegranate - Azerbaijani (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in position #13 in quartz and clay. Is thriving with pure neglect. No observable pests

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Nectarine - Maygrand (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

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Planted in position #12 in quartz, clay and volcanic loam. 

Never tried this varieity, but had a space and like Nectarines!

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Didn't appear affected by leaf-curl

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum - Mariposa (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

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Planted in position #11 of orchard. Soil is a mix of quartz, clay and volcanic loam.

Love Japanese blood plums.

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: No pests observed so far (the parrots seem to prefer the satsuma?)

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum - Elephant Heart (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in position #10 or orchard. Have never tried this plum, but a pollinator for Japanese plums and sounds delicious.

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum - Satsuma (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted position #9 in orchard. No observed flowering or fruit in year 1 (but very wet spring). Just love these Japanese plums!

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Parrots shred the leaves - but otherwise no pests

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple - Golden Delicious (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Rescued from Pop's.

Initially planted out of the orchard in 2016 but hammered by the wallaby, so moved into the orchard (position #7) in 2017. 

Soil is clay gravel

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: chickens

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple - mystery variety (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

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Rescued from Pop's 2016, and hammered by the wallaby. Moved to fenced orchard April 2017. Does set fruit (but unknown type as eaten before growth). 

Position #2 of orchard in clay gravel. Appears unkillable, despite many heavy prunings by wildlife

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: No pests observed yet. Has chickens to minimise pear slug

Organic Status:Organic


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Pear - Gin Perry (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 10hrs

Comments: -

ideally one day will allow cider creation.

Planted in position #5 of orchard (moved as per Green Horse pear). Position is volcanic loam.

Height 1.2 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens (have pear slug issue)

Organic Status:Organic


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Mulberry - Black English (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 851 days 11hrs

Comments: - Bargin purchase as very root bound. Planted into clay and gravel location #3 of orchard

Planted: 2017

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: Chickens

Organic Status:Organic


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