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Liz's Edible Backyard

Joined: 13/07/09 Updated: 14/03/12 Frost: None
Location: Thornlie, WA, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Liz Love's Edible Plants

First tip - buy a house previously owned by Italians!


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Fruit Tree Forum Contributions

Liz Forum Contributions
Tropical exotic fruits in perth - update - here's the lists of what the members of the Rare Fruit Club of WA are growing: http://www.rarefruitclub.org.au/Level2/Inter.htm From memory, people are successfully growing quite a few things that the Ag Dept says aren't worth bothering wit..974 days 7hrs
Cherry substitute for perth - blossom - you get significantly more winter chill hours in the hills than on the Perth Coastal plain (aka "the flats" for hills people). (Do you get reliable annual crops like that? I've heard that some people in Roleystone get good cherry crops in some y..974 days 8hrs
Gardening in perth sands - Shelley - Re. Terracotta worm farms, Kim Lyons http://www.kimlyonspottery.com.au/ or another potter might make one for you. Kim makes a lot of the terracotta bird baths etc available at Dawsons, Zanthorea etc. I contacted him a while back about gettin..1385 days 8hrs
Kaffir lime2 - Hi All, Bunnings have some in in Perth if anyone's still looking for trees - think tthey're just getting their autumn fruit tree stock in... Cheers, Liz..2345 days 20hrs
Jaboticaba5 - Called Tass1 this morning - Joe has some grumichamas, and a few advanced ($100) jaboticabas - and then went back to Wandilla for a pair of kiwifruit, and it turned out they did have a couple of jaboticabas tucked away somewhere. (...and now they've only ..2345 days 20hrs
Jaboticaba5 - Thanks, Gus, No, I haven't tried Tass1 yet - went to Wandilla this afternoon, thought I'd give Tass1 a call tomorrow morning. Here's hoping... :-) Liz..2346 days 20hrs
Jaboticaba5 - Hi All, Does anyone in WA have any spare Jaboticaba (and/or grumichama) seeds? (I'd be happy to buy them.) I bought a grumichama a few years back, but didn't keep enough water on it one summer, and hadn't got a jaboticaba yet, and now can't get them..2346 days 21hrs
Blueberry - Hi Saxman, ...try Garden City Plastics (http://www.gardencityplastics.com/advanced.htm) in Canning Vale - I got 6 x 580mm UV-resistant pots from them last year for ~$35 each for my blueberries - way cheaper than anything else I could find of the same s..3278 days 4hrs
My edibles report errors - Hi Correy, I still can't get anything to add on my "My Edibles" page - came up with "error on page" at the bottom left corner of the screen when I tried to add my Tropic Beauty peach... I thought it might be worth logging out and back in to see if..3288 days 19hrs
Passionfruit - ...Bunnings price comparisons with other places vary... I have found them more expensive on a number of things, but cheaper on others... the main advantage from my point of view is that I can get there when they're open (or if I suddenly realise at 8:30p..3304 days 6hrs
Babaco - Diggers are out of stock, anyway... I'm looking for some, too, if anyone manages to track them down in Perth or is prepared to sell cuttings! :-) Liz..3305 days 1hrs
My edibles report errors - Hi Correy, I just tried to set up a "My Edibles" page, but it's not saving most of the data entered into the "About Your Orchard" field. I wrote a whole spiel and it only saved the first line, and then I added a note to say that it hadn't saved t..3313 days 2hrs
Blueberry - Hi all... Dawsons (in Forrestfield) still had quite a few (definitely some Sharpe Blue, possibly also Misty and Nelly Kelly?) when I was last there in late April. (...surprised me, since they sold out almost instantly in Oct/Nov 2007, and I was on their p..3315 days 2hrs
Babaco - ...saw on the local tip website last week that they charge $19 to dispose of the body of a "small animal" - might be an opporunity to undercut them and fertilise the garden at the same time! ;-)..3315 days 2hrs
Water chestnuts1 - Lotus Blossum Water Gardens (in Baldivis http://www.lotusblossomwatergardens.com.au/html/morder.htm) have them on their mail order list - might pay to call them, as they didn't seem to have as much in stock as on the list when I popped in one day. I..3319 days 5hrs

Liz's WISH LIST

Nectarine - Sunblaze

Why Liz wants it: -

From reviews, this one sounds like a tasty yellow-fleshed nectarine that will complement the harvest period of the Sunwright that I already have (and will fruit in Perth).







Peach - Newbell

Why Liz wants it: -

From the reviews I\'ve read, it\'s a tasty, late-fruiting (I\'ve already got an early one) yellow-fleshed peach that will fruit here. Just haven\'t managed to find one yet!







Nashi - Tsu Li 9/10

Why Liz wants it: -

It\'s a pollination partner for Ya Li (...Corella pear seems to be the other option, but I\'ve already got 2 European pears, and I\'d prefer to have a second nashi than a third \"normal\" pear.)







Raspberry - Williamette

Liz's Edible Fruits
Update: 3269 days 12hrs

Comments: -

 

still in little pots - I have tried growing these before, and haven't managed to nurse them through the Perth summer, but I LOVE fresh raspberries, and they cost a ridiculous amount in the shops - I got a frame up for them last time, but didn't get the shadecloth and retic on in time...

Planted: 2009

Pollination: No


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Blueberry - Nelly Kelly

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

In 580mm dia pots, planted in a mixture of 40% peat moss, 40% coir and 20% vermiculite (per best fruiting results in planting trials by a US university... found the details on the internet) - planted late 2008. (Using Ozmocote azalea fertiliser.)

Height 0.25 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Pollination: No


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Blueberry - Sharpblue

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

In a 580mm dia pot, planted in a mixture of 40% peat moss, 40% coir and 20% vermiculite (per best fruiting results in planting trials by a US university... found the details on the internet) - planted late 2008.

Planted: 2008

Qty: 1

Pollination: No


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Blueberry - Misty

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

In a 580mm dia pot, planted in a mixture of 40% peat moss, 40% coir and 20% vermiculite (per best fruiting results in planting trials by a US university... found the details on the internet) - planted late 2008.

Height 0.25 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

 


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Pitaya - Yellow Dragon Fruit

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

new purchase

Height 0.5 metres

Pollination: No


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Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

new purchase

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Pollination: No


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Raspberry - Heritage

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

still in little pots - I have tried growing these before, and haven't managed to nurse them through the Perth summer, but I LOVE fresh raspberries, and they cost a ridiculous amount in the shops - I got a frame up for them last time, but didn't get the shadecloth and retic on in time...

Pollination: No


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Nashi - Ya Li Pear (Grafted)

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

newly planted


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Pear - Hood (Grafted)

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Pear - Flordahome

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Apple - Dorsett Golden

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Apple - Anna

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

newly planted


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Apple - Granny Smith

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

newly planted, again on the south side of the house in the hope that this will help make sure it gets enough chill. (Stats suggest Perth coastal plan is rather marginal for Granny Smiths.)


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Dwarf Apple - Pinkabelle (Grafted)

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

newly planted - hopefully it gets enough chill! I have planted my apples and pears on the south side of the house in the hope that that will help!

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

 


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apricot - unknown variety

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

planted by previous owners

Pollination: No


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plum - unknown red-fleshed

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Again, planted by previous owners - very nice red-fleshed variety, doing quite nicely without very much care at all!

Planted: 2002

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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olive - unknown variety

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Another blessing from past owners... fairly small fruit. This one is also very close to the power lines and so gets a pretty vicious pruning every few years.

Pollination: No


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Lime - Makrut (Kaffir)

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

On Flying Dragon rootstock - planted several years ago.

Pollination: No


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Dwarf Orange - Washington Navel (Grafted) 3/10

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Planted several years ago - hasn't done particularly well. (I've never had any fruit off it.) The mandarin and kaffir lime planted at the same time have done much better with equal levels of neglect.

Pollination: No


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lemon - unknown variety

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

...yet another blessing from past owners!

Height 3 metres

Pollination: No


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Peach - Tropic Beauty

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

new purchase - not in the ground yet!

Pollination: No


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Nectarine - Sunwright

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

new purchase - not in the ground yet!

Planted: 2009

Pollination: No


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fig

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Another legacy from past owners - it's a white fig of some sort, and very nice! (It would be taller, but it's near power lines and I have to give it a fairly vicious pruning every few years... which also helps to keep the fruit in reach.)

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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passionfruit - nelly kelly (Grafted) 4/10

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

This has not been a great success story to date - I have hardly had any fruit off it, and bought a new passionfruit this year to replace it... and now the original one is loaded with fruit! (My grandfather maintained that "Sunnypash" was better than Nelly Kelly, but I haven't been able to find a Sunnypash.)

Planted: 2001

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

 

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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prickly pear

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Update: 3271 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Part of the legacy of past owners - planted sometime between 1973 and 2000! I don't think I have ever watered it...

Planted: 2002

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

 

Question:

 


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