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Ru's Edible Backyard

Joined: 08/08/09 Updated: 31/08/09 Frost: Low
Location: Lismore, NSW, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Ru Love's Edible Plants

We have a 'biggish backyard in town'. Not enough for "self-sufficiency"  but I am aiming to grow "a year of food" (as in, some fruit and some veg coming in year round). I had a great, rural childhood and want to recreate that good food and sense of connectedness to natural seasons and cycles for my two small kids.

My biggest challenges are the heavy clay soil, westerly aspect and getting the time. The greatest rewards have been hearing my three year old tell me what each flower is going to 'turn into' and sitting out the back eating the first mandarines together, fresh off the tree.



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Phytophthora - How toxic is phosphorous acid (FolRFos,or AntiRot)? I had/have an avo seedling that's affected and that's what was recommended - my understanding is that the only breakdown product is phosphorous... It doesn't seem to need pooling,just enough rain to f..3722 days 18hrs

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

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Pollination: No


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Arrowroot

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Planted: 2009

Pollination: No


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passionfruit (Seedling) 8/10

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No idea of the variety. An elderly neighbour gave me a seedling from his and it fruited well. Currently have two vines self seeded from that one which is now on its way out.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

nil

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black 5/10

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Allegedly dwarf, now pollarded so we can get a net over it to keep birds from spreading the unfortunately very viable seed. Fruits prolifically, but if we like the taste of the shahtoot this one will come out.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Autumn

Summer, Autumn, Winter

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

nil


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Macadamia 9/10

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Accidentally almost ringbarked, twice, and recovered but trunk quite scarred so we'll see how it goes - it's putting on a good show.

Planted: 2006

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: pelletised chook poo

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon - Meyer

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There's a lovely Leuning poem about a man and his lemon tree... this one has just been cut back after going nuts last year


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Mulberry - White Shahtoot 10/10

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This was bought partly to replace a beautiful white cedar shade tree we removed because of its poisonous berries. Pruning is more to create a strong 'climbable' frame for the kids. Other than that, maintenance is zero. It grew like mad last wet summer, and I hesitated too long before cutting it back, but it has fruit set on every new season's shoot.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pest Control:

Nil


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Mandarin - Emperor (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 3000 days 18hrs

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 Fruit Per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

White oil when needed


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Fig - Brown Turkey

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Persimmon - Fuyu (NA)

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