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Libby1's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 27/10/09 Frost: None
Location: North Turramurra, NSW, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Libby1 Love's Edible Plants

 I began my garden in August last year after doing the permaculture introductory course at Ryde TAFE in Sydney .... initially I needed to import mushroom compost to use in my veggie gardens as I did not have enough compost of my own available.... I constructed a mandala garden ( to maximize the amount of edge as well as being an easy form to operate as nothing is more than one arms length from the edge)....a small keyhole veggie garden, a tea bank and a herb spiral ... my soil is a sandy loam with a clay base and needed/needs  lots of improvement.... in order to improve the soil, harness the rain and other water and to keep the nutrients in the soil I have swales (ditches on contour) in both front and back garden areas and have nurse trees(acacias) , nitrogen fixers, herbs, bulbs etc planted between the fruit trees which have been planted on the mound on the downside of the swales... these areas will be food forests ... rainfall of 1444mm/year in this area is usually a little higher than the surrounding areas of Sydney (1200mm/year)due to the amount of tree cover and national parks



My two orchards are located on the eastern and western sides of my house with mediterranean plantings on the west...veggie gardens are located on the northern  side and I have planted a few deciduous fruit trees along the northern border



My biggest challenge is water and I have had two tanks installed 10,000litres which is connected up to the toilet as well as the washing machine and garden taps...it has just become empty with the current lack of rain.. the other tank is 2,500litres and used to hand water veggies and fruit trees in the vicinity



I received  the Mayor's Sustainability Award recently for my garden


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Fig Black Genoa

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Update: 3498 days 23hrs


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Dwarf Peach - Valley Red 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 18hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: used lime sulphur as had  a deformity happening on the leaves and they started to curl 

Organic Status:Certified


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Avocado - Reed (A) 10/10

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Update: 3545 days 21hrs

Planted: 2009

Height 1.2 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Certified


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Dwarf Apple - Gala

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Update: 3545 days 21hrs

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Nectarine - Sunbob 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 21hrs

Height 1.3 metres

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Certified


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Plum Narabeen 10/10

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Update: 3545 days 21hrs

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Passionfruit - Black

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Update: 3545 days 21hrs

Comments: - growing on old tree stump

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost

Pest Control: possums a problem initially but currently are looking eslewhere

Organic Status:Certified


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Lime - Tahitian 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 21hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 1.2 metres

Qty: 2

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Dragon Fruit - Red 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 22hrs

Comments: - a small piece broke off so am starting it in the garden...no results yet but it is still alive

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: nil


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Cherry - Sunburst (Grafted) 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 22hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 1.2 metres

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: tansy growing next to it...ants were a problem

Organic Status:Certified


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Arrowroot (Seedling) 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 22hrs

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 2009 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: nil

Organic Status:Certified


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Pine Nut (Grafted) 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 22hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Certified


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Mandarin - Daisy (Grafted) 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3545 days 22hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost and worm wee

Organic Status:Certified


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Rhubarb - Victoria (Seedling) 8/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3554 days 10hrs

Planted: 2009

Height 0.3 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pest Control: nil needed

Organic Status:Organic


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Cardamon Ginger (Seedling) 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3554 days 10hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Organic Status:Organic


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Jerusalem Artichoke (Seedling) 10/10

Libby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3554 days 10hrs

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pest Control: nil needed


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Lemon - Eureka

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Update: 3568 days 19hrs


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Strawberry - Maroochy Flame

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Pear - Corella

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Asparagus - Mary Washington

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Guava Yellow Cherry

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