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Magpie's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 23/07/14 Frost: Low
Location: QLD, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Magpie Love's Edible Plants

The biggest challenge in establishing my edible plants has been the heavy clay soil. It's taken me many years and countless hours of labour to break it down into a friable soil mix. My herb and vege garden also need raised beds to be productive and to flourish. All the hard work has paid off as my fruit and veggie harvest is always plentiful. There's nothing like picking your own fruit and veg straight from the garden to your plate! :-)


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Pepperberry tree edible cryptocarya obovata - Hi Ocean...according to a few different sites that I know and trust it's not edible unfortunately. You may be better off growing Dorrigo pepper Tasmannia stipitata.It's a native to the subtropical rainforests of Northern NSW or try and grow Mountainberry ..1096 days 17hrs
Robada apricot - As far as I know Tomm it's pretty scarce here in Aus, but I have seen it mentioned in this organisation's literature. Contacting them may lead you to a source. Hope it helps a bit as the fruit looks yummy! http://www.summerfruit.com.au..2075 days 15hrs
Cucumber1 - Yeah I agree, quite possibly a gourd but I've grown a cucumber called Armenian (Cucumis melo flexuosus) it was striped and according to the info sheet that came with it, can grow up to a metre long...3642 days 20hrs

Berry - Boysenberry (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 3106 days 8hrs

Comments: -

I had some home made Boysenberry jam at a school fete and the flavour was wonderful . I then decided to grow a couple of the plants myself. So far it's going well with a lot of flowers this year

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

No sprays and no pests even the birds leave them alone

Organic Status:Certified


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Blueberry - Gulfcoast 7/10

Magpie's Edible Fruits
Update: 3119 days 18hrs

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Blueberries are a wonderful fruit full of anti oxidants and have a great flavour. I've planted 3 in pots and they seem to be thriving. The coconut fibre mulch has been great for soil ph and providing nutrients to the plants. They're yet to fruit but hopefully a I may get a few this year!

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Certified


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raspberry (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 3119 days 18hrs

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Always loved raspberries but found them difficult to grow in this climate. Since purchasing Heritage variety from Daleys and establsihing them in pots, I've harvested almost a kilo in the first year. The added bonus of a 2nd fruiting in Autumn is a great feature.

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

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 2009 Months after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting and Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Organic

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Non needed so far, also the birds and possums etc. seem to leave them alone...so far anyway!

Organic Status:Certified


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Peach - China Flat (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 3119 days 19hrs

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Always fruits, been in for about 15 years a great investment. Fruit isn't huge but the flavour is great.

Fruiting Months October and November

Planted: 1995

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

Fruit fly traps and exclusion bags, a bit of work but worth the effort


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Lemon - Meyer (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 3119 days 19hrs

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Fruits prolifically every year, never fails! The taste of the fruit is wonderful, very juicy and makes a beautiful marmalade

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

Planted: 2003

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 4 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

Eco-oil only, no need for fruit fly protection as they tend to leave them alone, so far anyway!

Organic Status:Organic


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Lime - Makrut (Kaffir) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 3119 days 19hrs

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Easy to look after and adds a great flavour to curries. I also let it fruit occasionally and grate the rind into cool drinks in summer.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

I use eco-oil to prevent leafminer and scale etc. It works really well

Organic Status:Organic


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Passionfruit - Sweet Lilikoi (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 3119 days 19hrs

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Puchased it last year from Daleys after trying it in Hawaii. Beautiful sweet flavour, hopefully mine will be as good! It's really taken off in the last week or so and has clambered all over the place, fruit in the first year would be great but, I'm just glad it's healthy :-)

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Will bag the fruit ( to protect from f/fly)

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Should I pinch the laterals to encourage it to branch off the main stems, or let it go as it 's the first year?


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