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Justin1's Edible Backyard

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Why Justin1 Love's Edible Plants


I am planning to have an almost entirely edible (or at least useful) garden. Currently renovating the house so am a bit limited. Most of my plants are growing in pots.  Growing everything organically.


Quite windy where I am, so plan to grow windbreaks (feijoa hedge, and possibly a citrus hedge). I have also found, through internet research, that the following trees are wind-tolerant so I'll try a mixture of these as a windbreak also. Apparently having a mix of trees in the windbreak is beneficial in case some biological or physical event affects one of the plants (if they were all the same you'd suddenly end up without a windbreak).

Syzygium tierneyanum  (lillypilly)
Jambus (as a hedge)
Feijoa
Sapodilla (can withstand cyclones)
Jakfruit (but not likely to grow in Melbourne, I think).
Arrowroot   (but small)
Brazilian Cherry   
Citrus 
Guava   
Loquat   
Natal Plum 
Olive   
Small Leaved Lilly Pilly
Seedling avocadoes
Seedling macadamias
Some fruit-bearing natives


My wish list is:

avocadoes: Fuerte and Hass together in one hole
           Secondo and Reed and Sharwill (B) in another hole (Sharwill is a good pollinator for Reed and Secondo)
    Apparently Mexican rootstock is the most cold tolerant. Daleys seem to stock Guatemalan rootstock which has average cold-tolerance.  So I may get my avocados from Daleys, or elsewhere if I can find Mexican rootstock.
Canistel - Emma (cold hardy), no pollinator required. Canistel grows to 8m
Cherimoya  - one of each (White, and Fina de Jete)
Green Sapote - Schnyder
Sapodilla
Lucuma (where can I find this?)
Longan
Pomegranate
White sapote (but may not have enough space for it, unless it can grow in a pot).
Black Sapote - Maher (because it's small)
Almond
Plum
Mandarin
Almond
Pears
Apples
Peaches
Lemon
Ugli fruit (don't know where to find this one)
Some of the windbreak trees above
Would love to grow jacfruit but I doubt it would survive in Melbourne (tried one from seed that grew quite well for 6 months, but died, I think from lack of humidity).
Star apple (but again, may not do well in Melbourne)


The soil here is failry sandy at the top, but with a clay base.





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Fruit trees that can tolerate wet feet - I’ve heard that pear, mango and persimmon can handle flooding from time to time...357 days 17hrs
Avocado disease identification - Looks similar to what happened to mine (sunburn). Are the damaged bits facing the sun or is the damage all the way around? The stems are very sensitive to the sun - high UV-index days can do it, even when the temp isn't that hot. Mine recovered but were a..363 days 20hrs
Queen garnet plum - Tasted one the other day. It was OK, but no better than the Mariposa I have grown. I wouldn't get excited about the health claims though. Just eat a wide variety of unprocessed foods and you'll be right. ..645 days 20hrs
Indonesian bay leaf - Also looking for this tree if anyone has some...802 days 21hrs
Avocado disease identification - Thanks, all. And thanks for the video, Bunya Paul - it seems to explain the origin of the white stuff. Here are some more pictures 4 years on - the wounds haven't healed over as I would have expected, but the tree itself doesn't seem to be affected (and i..1087 days 20hrs
Lemongrass is flavourless - Sounds like it's the temperature then. Mine are fat, and look like the ones in the shops, so I'm pretty confident I've got the right ones (I got mine from Diggers and Green Harvest). It took a couple of years for them to start fattening up, though...2510 days 10hrs
Lemongrass is flavourless - I am growing both West-Indian and East-Indian varieties of lemongrass in Melbourne. They are producing lots of stems. However, they have very little flavour. I suspect this is because I'm growing Melbourne. Is this the experience of others growing it in..2510 days 15hrs
Avocado disease identification - Thanks for the advice, all. My second lot of pics were taken after the bicarb and honey. I considered pruning off the affected branches, but almost all branches are affected to a certain extent, and the trunk as well, so I'd have no tree left if I di..2510 days 18hrs
Avocado disease identification - Here are some more pictures. So far I have treated with Bicarbonate of Soda and Manuka honey - until I can get the chance to get some Copper hydroxide. There has been a little improvement, but not major as you can see. We also had a hailstorm on Chris..2511 days 15hrs
Worst investments - Babaco is great - not by itself (although it's nice chilled on a hot summer's day, provided it hasn't rained too much that year and diluted the flavour), but as a juice expander (makes apple juice etc go much further) and makes a nice sorbet. Pepino..2519 days 16hrs
Avocado disease identification - I have just noticed that two of my avocado trees (about 4 years old) have lots of branches with splits in them - it's like the outer layer of the branch has split, and all around it is a white powdery substance a bit like chalk dust. Inside the split, t..2519 days 16hrs
Cola nuts - Anyone know if this tree would grow in Melbourne?..2847 days 15hrs
Pepino problems fruit fly1 - I have a pepino (Pepino Gold) that has been producing a lot of pepinos (about 30 this season) but every single one of them has been damaged by something. I have since begun to bag them (cloth bag) when they are still small and unblemished, which has prot..2864 days 13hrs
Pepino problems fruit fly - I have a pepino (Pepino Gold) that has been producing a lot of pepinos (about 30 this season) but every single one of them has been damaged by something. I have since begun to bag them (cloth bag) when they are still small and unblemished, which has prot..2864 days 13hrs
Babaco fruit drop reason - I have a babaco tree which is about 3 years old. It has had quite a lot of fruit on it, but only one or two managed to get ripe over the previous summer. Most of them have remained on the tree through winter, but in the last few weeks they are starting to..2986 days 12hrs

Plum - Mariposa 10/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: - Huge cropper of massive, super juicey fruit. No care needed except for netting to protect from birds.

Planted: 2010

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum - Santa Rosa 9/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: - Good cropper. Nice juicy fruit. Need to net to protect from birds. Tends to crop about 3 weeks before Mariposa (not sure if this is due to the variety or due to position).

Fruiting Months January and December

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Pollination: No


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Avocado - Secondo (A) ®

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: - Fruiting first time this year (after about 6 years). Still not as prolific as Hass.

Fruiting Months August, September, October

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Avocado - Fuerte (B) 3/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Produces about 1 avocado per year.  :-(

UPDATE 2015: First real crop this year of about 10 fruit. Great flavour and texture.

Fruiting Months August, September, October

Planted: 2009

Qty: 2

Pollination: No

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Feijoa - Mammoth (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

One of these is doing fairly well.  Another is very slow to grow, probably because it is planted in an area where a gum tree (street tree) has roots.  It's also fairly exposed (the one doing better is protected a bit by a fence).  I am tip pruning to encourage bushiness as it will be part of a hedge. However, I wasn't aware beforehand that the graft would be so high so I may have to do something to deal with the gappy hedge that is sure to result.

UPDATE: One of these died in the harsh summer (multiple days > 40 and no rain). The other is ok and producing a fair amount of fruit.  My advice for most evergreen trees in Melbourne is make sure they get a decent amount of shade in summer.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 2% in Autumn and Winter

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Apollo

Fertiliser or Organics Used: manure, B

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Sometimes caterpillars eat the new leaves.  I pick them off periodically.

Organic Status:Organic


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Feijoa - Apollo 5/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Very similar performance to the Mammoth, but doing slightly better.

UPDATE 2014: Stacks of fruit off these trees. Perform better if they get afternoon shade in Melbourne as the summers are harsh.


Fruiting Months April, May, June

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Pruned By: 2% in Summer

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Mammoth

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

As per mammoth.


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Tamarillo - Red 6/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Originally started growing in a pot, but I couldn't get the drainage right as they hate wet feet.  I repotted a couple of times, and in the end gave up and gave it one last try in the ground.  It's a lot happier and grew quite rapidly over summer.  Needs to be sheltered from the wind, though, so I have surrounded it with stakes and clad the enclosing area in plastic. The tamarillo loves the protection from the wind and also the increased warmth. 

Has had some damage from frosts this winter (which can be seen in the photo).

UPDATE 2014: Gave up on this a couple of years ago as it was an aphid haven. Propagated a new plant from a cutting and gave to my father who now grows it in his backyard without too much problem, and produces lots of fruit.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Small snails are a problem and have consumed a large number of leaves.  I pick them off or use organic snail bait, but it doesn't work that well since the small snails tend to live up in the tree.

Occassionally aphid problems, which I ei&

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Orange - Washington Navel 8/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Growing well in a large pot, especially with monthly or bimonthly applications of chook manure just under the mulch (except in winter).  Has tried to flower, but I've picked these off so energy can go into growing in the first couple of years. 

UPDATE 2014: Produces about 4 small fruit per year. Not a very happy chappy.

UPDATE 2015: Has been in the ground for a few years, but not productive at all, although it seems reasonably healthy.


Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Chicken Manure

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Suffered some damage from gall wasp, and the affected branches were pruned off before August and disposed of in sealed plastic bags.

Organic Status:Organic


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Loquat (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Inherited this tree when I bought our current property. It was stuck in a small pot in the dark laundry and I didn't water it for the first 6 months as I didn't know what it was at the time.  Despite this poor treatment, it survived, although it was just one lanky stem with some leaves.  I repotted it into a larger pot, headed it to try to stimulate some branching.  This worked, although not quite as well as I'd hoped and it now looks like there's going to be an inclusion in the stem where I originally headed it.   But it is happy enough, although quite often it gets brown patches on the edges of the leaves. I suspect this is either fertiliser burn or damage from winds.

UPDATE 2014: Fruited for the first time last year. Got a decent amount of fruit off it, and some more fruit has just begun to set this year. Birds love them, though, so you need to net.

Really tough.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

Occassionally gets aphids on the new growth, but these are easily controlled by squashing regularly.

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig White Adriatic 7/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Deciduous in winter.  Has produced a fair amount of fruit, but as the tree is still young it doesn't ripen properly.  Growing fairly rapidly.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pest Control:

As per Fig Excel (Bordeuax)

Organic Status:Organic


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Pomegranate - Rosavaya 7/10

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Update: 1567 days 14hrs

Comments: - Produces about 10 pomegranates per year. 2012 was an excellent year, 2013 most of the flowers dropped. 

Fruiting Months March

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No


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Avocado - Hass (A) 7/10

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Update: 1567 days 14hrs

Comments: - Produces a decent amount of fruit.  But needs protection from harsh sun. Does best in partial shade.

Fruiting Months September and October

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Pollination: No

Pest Control: No pest problems


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Pepino - Kendall Gold 5/10

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Update: 1567 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Has grown like crazy to cover a large area, and has flowered a little bit, but there have been no fruit so far. 

UPDATE 2014: Produces lots of fruit over summer. But the fruit needs protecting as something gets into it, looks like codling moth. Propagates easily by layering.

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Height 0.3 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 4 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Comments

Loves Fruit Trees says... [1192 days 12hrs ago]
Good for you! They are a health asset too. It helps with liver disease, lowers blood pressure, helps those that suffer from strokes to heal faster, and promotes cardiovascular health.

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Babaco Cutting 6/10

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Update: 1567 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Did very poorly in a pot.  Have now transplanted into the ground and have protected with Hessian.  Doing much better now.

UPDATE 2014: Fruited well for a couple of years, then died. Tried to grow from cutting but no luck.

Fruiting Months January and February

Qty: 1

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Fig Excel 7/10

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Update: 3406 days 21hrs

Comments: -

Took awhile to get started after winter.

Got a bit of rust on the leaves. Washed with Bordeaux solution during the summer, and during winter.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: None

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

No pests apart from rust.


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Acerola - Florida Sweet 8/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

When I first received this it lost all its leaves within a few weeks and I thought it wouldn't make it, but then it regrew more leaves and since then it's been growing very quickly.  It's now winter and it has lost a few leaves, and quite a few leaves and going brown, but I think it'll be ok once the weather warms up again. 

Seems to love lots of water, although you would think from the small leaves that it would be drought-tolerant.  I'm hardly watering it at all in winter though.

UPDATE: I neglected it a bit in winter and it died.

 

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and Bone and liquid fish emulsion seaweed

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Seems to be very pest resistant, but I have noticed the occassional black scale which I just scrape off.


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Wax Jambu - White 3/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Growing fairly well, after first losing all it's leaves.  It does much better if protected from wind.

Water weekly-fortnightly in Spring and Summer.  Next to no water in winter to keep it dormant.   In winter, it is protected on the verandah.

However, it has died during the winter.


 

Planted: 2008

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: B

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Had some scale, but sprayed with a home-made white oil and then cleared up.

Died over Melbourne winter.


Organic Status:Organic


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Grumichama - Black 6/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Did quite poorly to begin with (dry/brown tips of leaves and not growing), probably because it wasn't sheltered. Once I gave it some protection from the wind it improved.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: B

When I Fertilise: Spring


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Miracle Fruit 7/10

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Update: 1199 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Growing quite well.  During Melbourne's winter I have brought it inside and stopped watering it, and it is coping.  Apparently likes acidic conditions so it is growing in a camelia potting mix.  I periodically add coffee grounds to the top of the pot.

Planted: 2008

Height 0.25 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Peanut Butter Tree 7/10

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Update: 1567 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Tends to lose leaves if not sheltered from wind or if cold.  Needs a decent amount of water.

Planted: 2007

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: B

Organic Status:Organic


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Ugni ( Tazziberry ) 4/10

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Update: 1567 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Never fruited. Eventually died.

 


Planted: 2008

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: B

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

No pests.

Organic Status:Organic


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Comments

Lorna says... [3406 days 20hrs ago]
Mine seem to grow quite fast. Got two potted ones 6months ago and they are now a meter high.
Justin1 says... [3396 days 10hrs ago]
A meter high! Wow, that's amazing. You must be doing something right.

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Dwarf Avocado - Wurtz (A) (Grafted) 1/10

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Update: 3409 days 15hrs

Comments: -

Got burnt during hot summer

Qty: 1

Pollination: No


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Wax Jambu - Red 1/10

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Update: 3409 days 15hrs

Comments: - Looks like it died within 2 months of arrival. In 25L bonsai bag. Early Melbourne Spring (8-16 degrees). 

Pollination: No


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