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Au0rey's Edible Backyard

Joined: 06/08/09 Updated: 23/10/11 Frost: Low
Location: MULGRAVE (VIC), VIC, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Au0rey Love's Edible Plants

My garden is about 300sqm most of it is new Buffalo Sapphire lawn so I have rather limited space for planting things. I love herbs & spices, deciduous/tropical fruits and flowers. I love the idea of being able to harvest my own vegetables and herbs fresh for cooking.  I also love sitting at the patio and enjoying my garden, watching my boy and dog play just to name a few. I also love watching the bird wildlife come visit our trees. The greatest challenge would be nature - the climate...heatwaves and strong winds always make gardening hard work - And the constant invasion of pests/animal looters which I have to be vigilant about.  The rewards are more than  just having healthy produce from the garden but also a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment I get with each success and overcoming any challenges nature throws me. Visit my blog at www.organic-is-better.blogspot.com

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Brad1 says... [3325 days 18hrs ago]
your page is looking great. I answered your strawberry post when I noticed it :)

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Organic way to control peach curl - Hi, have you tried using oregano oil in successfully curbing peach curl in peach trees? I hope to find a safe organic method for my two trees. Thanks...546 days 5hrs
How to prune passionfruit vine1 - Hi all, I have a passionfruit vine which has been really fruitful this year. Attached are pictures of it at the moment. It is my first time growing one that is successful and it is only about 3 years old. Could I ask if it needs any pruning in winter? I a..575 days 1hrs
Which apple variety has the best nutrients - Hi all, I am looking at buying an apple tree for my garden. As the garden is not big, I do not have many options. i want to get an apple tree which as the title says has the best nutrients. I am not sure if all apple varieties are the same in terms of nut..575 days 2hrs
Young passion fruit vine - Sorry about photo orientation. I have rotated it before uploading but it still came up wrong. And I attached two and only one got posted. Here's the other one...1298 days 23hrs
Young passion fruit vine - Hi, I have a young non grafted black passionfruit vine which has done well this year and grown this big. It hasn't started fruiting yet. Do I need to prune this vine to encourage pruning? And when should I do it? It has lots of shoots crawling all over. ..1298 days 23hrs
Identify this gum - Thanks Phil, they are very pretty. :)..1314 days 20hrs
Identify this gum - I am after the leaves. :) I am not sure what it is. I thought it's gum but I could be wrong...1317 days 15hrs
Identify this gum - Can anyone tell me what gum tree specie this is? I love the leaves and found these at the florist a lot. Thanks!..1317 days 16hrs
Edible ginger zingiber officinale - Hi all, sorry I have not come in for a while. Just to update. The foliage of my ginger plant has died down so I thought I had better harvest in case they really rot down. So it was a great harvest and I will have ginger for a while. :)..1317 days 16hrs
Edible ginger zingiber officinale - Slicko, that's a lot of ginger! I can't wait to see mine!!!..1350 days 17hrs
Edible ginger zingiber officinale - I have since wrapped up the whole pot plus plant with strong translucent plastic (builder's film) so it doesn't get the wind and cold too much. However, I think i should dig it up in case all my effort (that big piece) goes to waste! Brain, when y..1350 days 17hrs
Edible ginger zingiber officinale - Hi all, I have a ginger plant that has done very well in summer. I am in Melbourne. Am wondering if anybody (especially if you live in Melbourne and have grown them) could advise if this ginger will survive the coming winter. It's my first time growin..1360 days 16hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in melbourne - Hi 70, Can you also email me regarding your banana trees? Au0rey@hotmail.com..1599 days 15hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in melbourne - Hi 70, Can you also email me regarding your banana trees? Au0rey@hotmail.com..1599 days 15hrs
Kaffir lime and brown turkey figs - Am selling two brown turkey fig trees and 1 kaffir lime tree in pots. Anyone interested let me know. Currently renting so can't put them in the ground which i think is better off for them. Am in Melbourne...2002 days 24hrs

White Currant (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

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I think it is grafted but I am not entirely sure. When I bought it it already had some berries. It was planted same time as my black currant. Yummy refreshing berries. It is shaded most time of the day as sunshine does not directly hit its spot but it is growing well.

Sept 2011 : Went dormant earlier than my black currant but re-grew earlier in spring and already has new flower clusters. 

Fruiting Months October and November

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol, dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control: Caterpillars. Squashing and watching best control.


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Black Currant

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

Comments: - This black currant was planted roughly Oct 2009 but till now I have not got a single berry. It is flourishing in terms of vegetative growth and is in a good sun position.

Fruiting Months October

Height 0.4 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, dynamic lifter

Pest Control: None.

Question: Why isnt it fruiting? Have given potash in winter and dynamic lifter.


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Cling-stone Yellow Peach

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

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Planted June 2009.

This peach tree was transplanted from my friend's garden. It is about 2YO when moved but it transplanted extremely well and bore flowers and fruit the first year on our property. The peaches are yellow clingstone and I have no idea what variety it is. They are crunchy and sweet and the favourite tree of my husband who has no interest in gardening.

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control: Lime Sulfur before bud swell but it still got a fair bit of leaf curl. Will do twice a year of lime sulfur.

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question: If I want to control the size of this tree, should I trim it in spring/summer so that I allow it to have time to grow new shoots before it goes dormant in winter? If I trim it only in winter, wont I lose a season of crops??? 


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Pomegranate

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

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This pomegranate is already here when I moved in. It is not very big and I have not seen any fruits yet...lots of leaves and I dont fertilise it...just regular watering.

Dec2010 : Two flowers grew but dropped off.

Height 1.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No


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Aloe Vera

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

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Under the patio where there is partial sun & shade, the aloe vera plant is doing very well. It needs only ocasional light watering. In winter, I use a fleece & pegs to wrap around the whole pot to prevent any frost. The mother plant has gone so big I harvested and make a a dessert out of it (white fungus, gingko nuts, aloe vera flesh, rock sugar, canned longans).  There are lots of pups growing and the pot is overcrowded that I needed to repot some pups and give some away.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: composted chook manure

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Grape Carolina Black Rose

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

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Oct 2009 Still tiny but growing. New leaves are a bit distorted and curled. Hope it will crawl up my patio support pole and onto the surrounding...will be very pretty sight.

Oct 2010 Sadly my dog decided to prune both leaders really hard last autumn. Fortunately it survived, to my amazement, and is growing again with a few new buds and now leaves.  Looking forward to have it crawl up my pongola again. :)

Sept 2011 Finally this spring this vine has produced lots of flower clusters. It's two leader vines are crawling on both sides of my roof beam.

Planted: 2009

Height 2.8 metres

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: blood and bone, homemade compost, seasol

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None so far.

Organic Status:Organic

Question: Do I need to remove extra new season's shoots/ flower clusters so as to allow the stronger ones to develop into grapes?


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Kaffir Lime

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Update: 2684 days 4hrs

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Had it in a pot before but it started not to do well so i planted into the ground.  It also did not do well.  After researching i found that it had iron deficiency and after feeding iron chelate, it become very healthy and even flowered and fruited.  I use the leaves (dont use the fruit at all) in Thai and Asian dishes such as tom yam soup and curries and rendangs.

So far this is the only citrus that is thriving in my garden. It is slow-growing and more than enough to meet the needs of my family.

I hardly water it eversince it was well-established and only water during hot summer days.


Planted: 2009

Height 0.9 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, Citrus Dynamic Lifter

Pest Control: Occasionally I get aphids on the young juicy leaves but usually easy to deal with at the early stages of infestations. Just got to get my eyes peeled during spring new growth.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Brown Turkey Fig 10/10

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Update: 2684 days 6hrs

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I have two brown turkey figs. Both are in pots. One is having developing figs while the other was thought dead till it started to produce green buds and now leaves. Am very very estatic that it is alive and glad that I did not give up and bin it...It is from Fleming's nursery.

The other one is just another brown turkey fig tree from a normal nursery and was much cheaper.However, this brown turkey tree did far better than the Fleming's in terms of growth/development and in fact figs from both trees taste equally good.

Fruiting Months January, October, November, December

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Fruit Harvest: 10 Fruit Per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Worm poo, homemade compost, seasol

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Winter

Pest Control:

No sprays but netting done to deter birds.

Organic Status:Organic


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pixzee peach (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2956 days 22hrs

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Well, it is just a dwarf sitting in a pot but gives me full size juicy, sweet and fragrant pretty red peaches! My son is not a fruit lover but he adores the pixzee peaches! It is small and easy to care for. This peach is in its second summer.

Fruiting Months January, November, December

Planted: 2009

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2010 Months from Purchase in Pot

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: blood and bone, seasol

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

Mancozeb for peach curl in winter dormant time.


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Comquat Calamondin

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Update: 3045 days 24hrs

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This tree has been a pleasure to have though it hasnt produced tons of fruits. It does flower quite a bit. I find it a very pretty ornamental fruiting tree.  It is in a pot.

After adding potash, it put on lots of lowers and then fruits but fruits did not grow very big.

Oct 2010 : Learnt from Better Homes & Garden that a fat root stock with thin trunk (like mine) means the citrus tree is hungry. Fertilised with lots of potash & blood and bone and Seasol this time, hoping for more flowers and bigger fruits.

Planted: 2009

Height 0.9 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lemon grass

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Update: 3045 days 24hrs

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I have five clumps of this at various spots in the garden. Looking forward to having my own lemongrass for cooking.

Oct 2010 : The five clumps look all brown and dry after winter. The stalks do not look fat enough for harvesting after one year in the ground.

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

None


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Lemon Verbena 10/10

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Update: 3046 days 0hrs

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Love this herb. It has a wonderful lemon smell and I use it for making tea.

Oct 2010, last winter every single leaf turned yellowish and dropped. I thought it had given up on me. Came spring and after some pruning, some new leaves are growing. Yipee!

Planted: 2009

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Hand Pollination

Pest Control:

 


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Strawberry

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Update: 3334 days 17hrs

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I love this pot of strawberry. It is quite easy to grow in pots and has given me enough to eat. Propagating new ones.

Fruiting Months January, November, December

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Prone to caterpillars so it has gone under netting.

Organic Status:Organic


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Update: 3334 days 17hrs

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Olive tree

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Update: 3334 days 17hrs

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I fell in love with this olive tree when I saw it. I just love the look of them. It must be quite old already as it is huge.

Fruiting Months January, November, December

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: None

Pest Control:

None.

Organic Status:Organic


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