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Jane16's Edible Backyard

Joined: 00/00/00 Updated: 01/08/18 Frost:
Location: EASTWOOD


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Blueberry burst - I thought I'd add my 2cents. Mine are quite sour in comparison to store bought and my Nellie Kellys. First time I tried it, I waited until the fruit fell off before tasting so it definitely had time to ripen. Since then also, my other Bursts are still..371 days 18hrs

Blueberry - Blue Rose 8/10

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Update: 467 days 24hrs

Comments: - My oldest Blue Rose I've had for 3 years. It's a high chill variety but I live in the middle of Sydney and it's heavily flowering this year. I've had it for almost 2 years. Last year I barely had any fruit due to lack of pollinators and other blueberry plants. Hopefully this year will be a better production.

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Worm castings, Osmocote, Powerfeed, Seasol, Chicken manure, Cow manure

Pest Control: Neem oil

Organic Status:Organic


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Raspberry - Heritage (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 564 days 17hrs

Comments: - Had my 1st fruit, despite a young plant. Very sour, more than store bought. Not sure if it was due to the extreme heat from summer but many leaves are burnt. If you're after a sweet raspberry flavour I wouldn't recommend. (It practically fell off the plant so I assume it was completely ripe).

Planted: 2018

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust, worm castings

Pest Control: Not needed


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 599 days 6hrs

Comments: - Plant didn't like the full Australian sun. Some sunburn, droopy leaves and required daily watering. Now it is autumn and the plant looks much happier.

Planted: 2018

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pest Control: Pests: White fly, aphids. I have used Confidor and Neem oil 

Organic Status:Pesticides Used


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Dwarf Peach - Standard (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 612 days 15hrs

Comments: - Very slow growing. Has grown <10cm over a 2month period. Watered every few days. Full sun, approx 4 hours daily which it tolerates well. Multiple fertilisers used. Has been infected with black scale, treated with physical removal and neem oil.

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust

Pest Control: Neem oil, physical removal of black scale

Organic Status:Organic


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Jane16 says... [467 days 24hrs ago]
(Winter) 1/8/2018: Flowering now.

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Olive - Frantoio (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 612 days 20hrs

Comments: - Very sturdy plant. No transplant shock. Only needs watering weekly - twice weekly. Has more than doubled in size since purchase. Very happy with purchase. I purchased the Manzillo as a cross pollinator (which has also thrived).

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust

Pest Control: Not needed


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Olive - Manzanillo (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 612 days 20hrs

Comments: - Very sturdy plant. No transplant shock. Only needs watering weekly - twice weekly. Has more than doubled in size since purchase. Very happy with purchase. I purchased the Frantoio as a cross pollinator (which has also thrived).

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust

Pest Control: Not needed


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Fig - Sandpaper (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 612 days 20hrs

Comments: - I purchased 4 different figs from Daleys (Sandpaper, Dwarf Brown fig, Brown Turkey fig, Black Genoa). The Sandpaper fig arrived very healthy from Daley's but unfortunately the Dwarf Brown and the Brown Turkey were infected with mealybug from the time of purchase and the insects invaded this plant also. It has been managed with Confidor and Neem oil. It has responded very well to fertilisers and is now over 1m in height. 2 small figs on the branches now. It receives water daily when over 35C, otherwise twice a week. Few hours of full sunlight which it tolerates very well.

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust

Pest Control: Confidor and Neem oil for mealybug

Organic Status:Pesticides Used


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Jaboticaba (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - When it arrived from Daley's, ALL the leaves had burnt tips which was disappointing. We had had a heat wave so it was probably caused by this. I transferred it to a pot, blood and bone and 100% organic compost. Moved to my verandah. It received sunlight ~6hours, full sun ~2-3 hours. Daily watering. The weather turned, became extremely cold and eventually settled on ~40C again. During this time, the leaves seemed to get lighter in color but the burning didn't worsen. The plant didn't seem too happy and I was worried it would die. I moved it to ~2hours full sun (ie less) and I've noticed I have finally had 2 sets of new leaves, both a beautiful darker color and a softer texture. This plant also has shallow roots. I suspect it likes a lot of water and not much sun.

Planted: 2018

Height 0.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pest Control: Not needed yet


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Jane16 says... [630 days 1hrs ago]
I've since repotted this to a larger size. It is now ~0.7m tall. I added organic cow manure and Powerfeed solution. It's also receiving ~4hours of full sun light which it tolerates well and isn't burning from.

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Banana - Pisang Ceylon (Seedling)

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - It receives ~4hours daily full sun and a few hours of low light. It has been very hot in Sydney (40C ) and it requires daily watering, it gets very droopy during the evenings. When it arrived, I repotted it in compost, blood and bone and rock dust. It has since grown 2 sets of leaves.Hopefully it will attach, I have the latest PDF of the biosecurity laws in NSW. Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, and from my correspondence with the DPI, "the moving of banana plants within NSW do not require any notification paperwork (record of movement form) or permit provided the plants have not been within the Banana Bunchy Top Virus Control Zone". ie I'm from Sydney, and the plants arrived from Geneva. No permit or notification was required.

Planted: 2018

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and bone, rock dust, 100% organic compost

Pest Control: Not needed yet

Organic Status:Organic


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Jane16 says... [652 days 4hrs ago]

Jane16 says... [630 days 1hrs ago]
Very vigorous growth. I've had to repot again into 35L pot. Topped up nutrients with organic cow manure and some Powerfeed solution.

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Tea Plant (Seedling) 5/10

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - When I transplanted it, I accidentally damaged most of the roots. Also, the next 3 days after it was transplanted was 35C plus. It was been watered daily and placed into low sun for 1 day (shade most of the day, maybe 1-2hours of full sun). I then moved it into the bathroom where it has been for the past few days. It's now receiving filtered light for most of the day. It's really struggling right now, the leaves are all droopy. But there looks like there might be some new growth so fingers crossed...

Planted: 2018

Height 0.3 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and bone, rock dust, 100% organic compost

Pest Control: Not needed yet

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - Very hardy plant. No transplant shock. Tolerates full Australian sun and heat very well, is thriving. Extremely low maintenance, just daily watering (due to heat). Has doubled in size in ~1month since purchase. I'm very pleased with this purchase and if I had space in my garden I'd purchase more. And just a little tidbit - can also drink the leaves as tea, it has lots of health benefits.

Planted: 2018

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and bone, rock dust, 100% organic compost

Pest Control: Not needed yet

Organic Status:Organic


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Jane16 says... [564 days 17hrs ago]
Attacked by mealybug and ants. Have been physically removing, and some neem oil.
Jane16 says... [467 days 24hrs ago]
(Winter) 1/8/2018: Fruiting abundantly.

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Arrowroot (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - Heat loving, and thriving under full Australian sun. As a precaution I've been watering daily, and it has doubled in size. I bought 1 arrowroot plant from Daley's and I received 2 plants in a pot. Since purchase another shoot has come up. It is currently in a large pot but I might have to transplant to a bigger pot/multiple pots -although it has only been ~1month since purchase and the original re potting. Very happy with the purchase, I just hope this tastes good!

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone

Pest Control: Not needed yet

Organic Status:Organic


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Jane16 says... [630 days 1hrs ago]
Very vigorous growth. From 1 original pot, I divided the 3 shoots into 3 pots, all ~30L in size. They are all tall, maybe 1.2m in height. I topped up with organic cow manure. It's great it is so vigorous, my only problem now is I'm running out of room lol.

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Guava Hawaiian - Pink Supreme (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - Does not tolerate full Australian sun well. It has been receiving ~4 hours daily and has been getting sunburnt. It was growing well until now because it was short enough that it was being shaded by other plants. It's now ~0.7m tall and the parts that aren't being shaded out are all being burnt. No pests so far. 

Planted: 2018

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and bone, rock dust, 100% organic compostrock dust, 100% organic compost

Pest Control: Not needed

Organic Status:Organic


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Jane16 says... [612 days 20hrs ago]
Surprisingly, my China Pear Guava has been attacked by the cabbage caterpillar but it has left this plant alone.

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Guava - China Pear (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 616 days 0hrs

Comments: - Doesn't like too many hours of full Australian sun. Mine receives ~2-3 hours of full sun and then shade for the rest of the day. It has been getting sunburnt. Also, I've noticed that the cabbage caterpillar has been demolishing the leaves (50% of leaves gone in a few days).

Planted: 2018

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone

Pest Control: Physical removal of cabbage caterpillar

Organic Status:Organic


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Sweet Potato - Sweet n Star (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 650 days 18hrs

Comments: - Since it arrived from Daley's it has been repotted into 100% organic compost, rock dust and blood and bone. Receives ~4hours of full sun on the verandah, and a few hours of filtered light on top of that. Water daily when it spikes 30C, otherwise 2nd daily. Most days I've had to give it daily water since it's been hot here in Sydney. Since it has been in the pot for 3 weeks, it has really taken off. Not so much the height - but it is sprawling out. It has ?5 large arms it's sprawling out from. I also noticed today the roots are showing - I need to replant it already!

Planted: 2018

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and bone, rock dust, 100% organic compost

Pest Control: Not required yet


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Jane16 says... [612 days 20hrs ago]
It has really taken off, the plant is now ~2m sprawled out (but it is not very tall, less than 50cm)

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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 653 days 23hrs

Comments: -

When it arrived we had unusually bad weather in Sydney, a heat wave of 43C which lasted for several days. The bottom branch and all the leaves were yellow when it came. I transferred it to a pot, blood and bone with some rock dust with 100% organic compost. I moved it to my verandah. It received filtered sunlight, ~6hours, and full sun 2- hours. Daily watering. The weather turned and it became unusually cold and windy but I continued my daily watering. During this time, the branches became more yellow. In total 4 branches with all the leaves changed color and fell off. More than half the plant was like this and I thought it would die. The weather then heated up to ~40C again and I moved it to less direct sunlight, now ~2hours. The new foliage is now green and it appears happy, after ~3weeks of purchase. I am not sure when at the beginning it was dying. ? Too much fertiliser - I might have given too much blood and bone ? Overwatering ? Underwatering ? Transfer shock. It was very hit and miss, I thought the plant would die. I was surprised because for some reason I thought this would be an easy plant to grow, but I have since read other ppl's accounts (experienced gardeners) who have said this is a tricky plant to grow. Something else I noticed is that it seems to have a very shallow root system, so at least in the young stages it probably won't tolerate heat well.

Planted: 2018

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone

Pest Control: Not needed yet


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Jane16 says... [630 days 1hrs ago]
It was thriving and getting quite tall so I repotted it. Unfortunately I accidentally damaged most of the root(!), they're very small. I couldn't see any big tap roots. It's now with organic cow manure as a top up and some Powerfeed. The new location receives ~4hours of full sunlight daily. **Something I noticed even before I repotted - this plant really likes water. I had kept it with figs, brazilian cherry, coffee and jaboticaba - and this plant would soak up all the left over water in the bottom water tray daily. It drinks more water than those other plants.
Jane16 says... [493 days 1hrs ago]
Middle of winter in Sydney, plant is really struggling with the cold. Has lost all but 2 branches, hopefully the plant survives.

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TRIED BUT DIED

Papaya - Southern Red (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 467 days 24hrs

Comments: -

We had a very hot spell when I received the plant (over 30C most days, over 40C some days) and it required daily watering. Due to the extreme heat it would wilt every evening. We also had some fierce winds which damaged quite a lot of leaves. The plant was ~50cm tall at that time. It is now over 1m tall and very sturdy. Loves full sun for a few hours at a time. It now receives water twice a week. Currently in a 35L pot. I suggest wind protection for when it is a smaller plant. Due to the fast growing pace, I've also fertilised multiple times within a few months.

1/8/2018: Died. This plant is abundant in my suburb but it died due to 2 reasons. 1. Not enough sunlight (my house receives very little compared to other houses) 2. Although it was transferred to a large ?32L pot it was still rootbound. It should ideally be within a larger pot or within the ground within 6months of purchasing (mine was purchased in Jan-Feb this year). I will have to wait until I purchase a house before I buy this again since I'm renting.

Planted: 2018

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust

Pest Control: Not needed yet

Organic Status:Organic


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Jane16 says... [592 days 15hrs ago]
The plant is less than 4 months old and it is fruiting! Yay

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TRIED BUT DIED

Goji Berry - Shrub (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 521 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Really hates full sun as a young plant. Mine is partially protected by a pumpkin plant but it is still severely sunburnt (receives ~4hours sun). Currently in the process of dying, I've moved it to a location where it will received 1-2hours of sun only. I water every second or third day. **I purchased in the middle of summer, usually 30C, some days above 40C).

ADDIT: Died. It caught a fungal disease and was quite sick.


Planted: 2018

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: 100% organic compost, rock dust, blood and bone, Powerfeed, volcanic dust

Pest Control: Not needed


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