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Lorna's Edible Backyard

Joined: 16/08/09 Updated: 04/09/09 Frost: Low
Location: Albany, WA, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Lorna Love's Edible Plants

Passionate food grower. Shallow sandy soil over ironstone rock. Wet in winter, dries out quick in summer. Have frosts that kill some more tropical things but not enough to stimulate some european things to flower. Have over 100 friut trees and about half an acre of vegetables for own and our animals consumption. Biggest challenge is time (work full time) and keeping upto date with jobs to do. Rewards of surplus food and a great diet. All contributes to a healthy life.

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Charlesstillcantspell1 says... [2850 days 21hrs ago]

Charlesstillcantspell1 says... [2850 days 21hrs ago]
Awsome effort, I assume you market gardening for work aswell or youjust have a decent amount of land and lots of drive. Would love to visit one day when I am down your way. My mums in Pemby.
BJ11_old_address says... [2735 days 5hrs ago]
Absolutely awsome! I love your energy
Brad1 says... [2601 days 8hrs ago]
awesome attitude and nice to see some different types of plants. some of which I'd like to try too :)

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Rock minerals - Western Mineral Fertilizers at Tenterden manufacture it. Give them a call and see where they distribute in Perth. From the Phone book their number is 98517222..2561 days 12hrs
Treated pine1 - Jason, Talk to your friends IF they really work in the mills where they treat timber at Mt Gambier. The treatment is a NIL emissions proces of vacuum, pressure, then vacuum. There are no fumes, no runoff because of bunds and recovery pits, no dusts, vapou..2562 days 9hrs
Treated pine1 - Yes we know that, and there is also LOSP (liquid organic solvent preservative), but none will match the same preservative qualities that CCA does if put outside inground (H4), and the price here is around double. No doubt there is some guff on the net abo..2562 days 13hrs
Treated pine1 - Amanda, on the 8th October you knew nothing about CCA, as you commented-it's dyed green isn't it? Then after reading a bit on the net, three days later an expert is born. I realised a long time ago, that just because something is published on the net, d..2562 days 22hrs
Help identifying a feral fruiting shrub - Definately a cashew. Got any more spare seedlings? Ah thats right, it would not grow here. ..2564 days 5hrs
Treated pine1 - Sodium Arsenate may well be 4x more toxic than Mercury, but that is not taking into account the Chromium that is in the treatment. As I said, the Chromium fixes the Arsenic and the Copper into the timber so there is no breakdown. It in effect becomes part..2564 days 8hrs
What is it3 - If that is a Leucaena, I have been had! I bought seed years ago and got them going, and the leaves don't look like that. They are a compound leaf, but different arrangement and finish. I have moved house since, but can go back and take a photo to post, I..2565 days 0hrs
Treated pine1 - CCA got removed fron handrails and playgrounds so that the "Powers That Be" were seen to be doing something about the Arsenic that was perceived as an issue. I would eat my dinner off a piece of treated CCA pine, as the arsenic, copper and chromium can ..2565 days 0hrs
Treated pine1 - The "H" factor that is given to the timber indicates how much chemical per cubic metre of timber is put in at time of treatment. H2-inside above ground eg stud walls for houses H3-outside above ground eg verandah roof timbers H4-outside inground eg f..2565 days 13hrs
Tomatoes from cuttings - Being an F1 hybrid does not effect the plants rooting ability. They will root just the same. Tomatoes are like weeds, you just snap them off, stick them in, and away they go..... The laterals that I prune off to make single stem plants often throw roots ..2565 days 13hrs
Treated pine1 - Hey Amanda, the green in the treated pine is from the copper in it. There are only three things in the treatment of pine, namely copper for fungicide, arsenic for insecticide, and chromium as a fixative. The chrome is a very good fixative, used in other i..2565 days 23hrs
Tomatoes wilting - Like I said Pauline, the picture is not the Silverbeet, since Silverbeet, as the name suggests, is the white or silver coloured stem. The name Rainbow was used so that people knew that they were getting some different colours. The Rainbow Chard will throw..2566 days 12hrs
Killing ivy growing on a wooden fence - Access is around the $100 mark, and it dilutes with 8 litres of diesel, so makes 9 litres all up. Only a small amout gets used to kill a big tree. Cheap if the neighbours offending tree is going to distroy thousands of dollars worth of septics, pavers or ..2566 days 12hrs
Tomatoes wilting - Rainbow Chard actually Wayne, or the red one is often called Rhubarb Chard just to confuse things. All part of the beet family though and definately not rhubarb!..2567 days 0hrs
Tomatoes from cuttings - Hey John Mc, I over Winter cuttings on my patio too, so that I can get a head start in Spring with some early plants. It works a treat, and the plants that I have there now are really healthy. We had a hard frost last night(!), that killed off the first t..2567 days 0hrs

Stone Pine (Seedling) 3/10

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Update: 2965 days 11hrs

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Vigerous tree. Don't know if I need a male and female tree or not. Loads of pollen produced in spring, but no cones. Are these dioetious?

Planted: 2003

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Apricot - Moorpark

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Update: 2965 days 11hrs

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I am growing garlic at the base.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Loquat (Seedling) 9/10

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Hardy tree that survives neglect. Produces very early fruit for the season. Worth growing for these reasons. Fruit is very pleasant to eat despite the large stone.

Fruiting Months November and December

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months From Seed

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Berry - Boysenberry (Cutting) 10/10

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Grow on trellis. Let current seasons new growth trail on the ground. Come July (winter), cut old growth off the trellis and replace with the new canes. Fruits on the previous seasons growth. Produces MASSES of fruit over about six weeks. Excellent for freezing or jam making, even better eaten fresh.

Fruiting Months January and December

Planted: 2004

Height 4 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 18 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blueberry - Nellie Kelly (Grafted) 9/10

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Heavy producer of good sized fruit. Ripen over a prolonged period, so can pick a few on passing by for some weeks. Good flavour. Bush to 1m so far.

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 6

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Guava Yellow Cherry 10/10

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Update: 2965 days 12hrs

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Excellent highly productive small bush. Produces masses of sweet edible fruit just a bit smaller than a twenty cent piece. Grows well from seed. Highly recommended.

Fruiting Months June and July

Height 1 metres

Fruit Harvest: 4 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Years from purchase in pot

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: None Needed.


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Keriberry (Cutting) 7/10

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Update: 2965 days 13hrs

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Similar in taste to Boysenberries. Holds its fruit in clusters at the end of its canes. Fruits in winter when other fruit is scarce. Does not produce large volumes of fruit together like the Boysenberry does, but produces smaller volumes over a prolonged period. Grow on a trellis to keep off the ground. Said to be native, but other information suggests it was imported a lot of years ago. Worth a go.

Fruiting Months April, May, June, July, August, September

Planted: 2007

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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citron melon (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2970 days 13hrs

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Fantastic drought tolerant plant that can produce HUGE melons with no watering. These can be made into great jam with the addition of things like pineapple, apricots or whatever fruit you don't have enough of to make a full batch. Being a fairly neutral flavour it will mix in well with most fruit. They contain good quantities of pectin that help jam set. Great food for animals like goats, especially through Summer when green feed is scarce.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, December

Planted: 2002

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 10

Fruit Harvest: 200 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lime - Red Center

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Update: 2970 days 13hrs

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blackcurrant

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Update: 2970 days 13hrs

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Also a brazillian cherry in this pic.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Fig

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Update: 2970 days 13hrs

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These figs have been pruned low for easy netting and picking

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Brad1 says... [2601 days 9hrs ago]
any idea what varieties these are?

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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 0hrs

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Zero maitenance other than harvesting or thinning out every so often. Tops really good animal fodder or mulch (high protein). Two types of roots. One type sweet potato shaped but texture of water chestnut. Peel before eating as skin is bitter. Contains a sugar called inulin which humans do not make an enzyme to digest, so said to be good for diabetics. Second root type like purple jerusalem artichokes for vegetative propagation. Related to sunflowers. Highly reccommended..

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 1993

Height 1.8 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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choko (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 0hrs

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White choko. More of an off white, with a few spines on the fruit. Produces masses of green bean flavoured shoots suitable for stir fries. The fruit can be picked young and not peeled, or picked older they require peeling. Seems to be daylight sensitive; will not start to flower until the longest day is past. Produces masses of fruit that chooks and goats also enjoy..

Fruiting Months July and August

Planted: 2002

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 40 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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phil@tyalgum says... [2439 days 2hrs ago]
Lorna I wondered if you would consider sending me a couple of white chokos. I'm happy to reimburse you for the cost. Thanks so much. Phil wilkenna@bigpond.com wilkenna@hotmail.com

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Strawberry Spinach (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 0hrs

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Chenapodium Capitatum. This rare and unusual plant provides triangular spinach leaves of good quality, and also produces tresses of bright red berries in abundance. Very ornamental when covered in fruit. The only fruit other than strawberries, that carries its seed on the outside of its fruit. Fruit could be more tasty, but a lot better than nothing.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, December

Planted: 2003

Height 15 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 10

Fruit Harvest: 0.5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months From Seed

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Prune - Robe de Sargent (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 1hrs

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I think that this is Robe de Sargent. Came in a dry bag of sawdust, rescued from a nursery that was closing down. Small tree that gives me bucket loads of the best fruit every. Like eating lollies. Really puts ordinary plums in the shade as far as flavour goes. The skin is quite thick, but I don't mind that. Anyone who says that they don't like prunes, should try these as a fresh fruit.

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2005

Height 1.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple - Granny Smith (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2975 days 1hrs

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Great little tree. Tree ripened Grannies bear no resemblance to the bland apples that you buy in the shop. Store well at shed temperature. Using my last ones now in August, now all golden coloured and waxy. Superb desert flavour and still crisp.

Fruiting Months June

Planted: 2002

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lime - West Indian 3/10

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Update: 2975 days 1hrs

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Slow growing for me. Healthy looking bush but no fruit as yet. May be too cold here.

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon - Meyer (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2975 days 1hrs

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Young tree, took six months to get going. Came with scale, but once I got rid of that and started feeding with seaweed and fish emulsion, it never looked back. Thin skinned compared to Eureka, but not such a heavy fruiter.

Fruiting Months July, August, September

Planted: 2008

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control:

None now needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lime - Tahitian 4/10

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Update: 2975 days 1hrs

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Slow growing for me. Compact healthy looking bush, but no fruit as yet.

Planted: 2006

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon - Eureka (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 1hrs

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Fantastic tree, constantly producing fruit. The fruit does have a very thick skin, but inside the juice content is high. Foliar feed regularly with seaweed and fish emulsion.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2005

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 18 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control:

Nine needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Comments

Brad1 says... [2601 days 9hrs ago]
you might try some epsom salts and potash to see if you get thinner skinned fruit

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grapes (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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White seedless table grape. Produces masses (70 bunches on a four year old vine) of sweet excellent flavoured fruit. Great eaten fresh or dried. Prune onto a trellis. Cane pruning works well.

Fruiting Months January, February, March

Planted: 2005

Height 1.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 50 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Pick off vine moth caterpillars when seen on young leaves.

Organic Status:Organic


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Rose Apple (Seedling) 3/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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Unenthusiastic grower and producer of pleasant rose flavoured fruit. Fruit tend to be a bit dry.

Fruiting Months January

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 0.5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Sunshine Yellow (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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Put plants in last year and fed well to establish. Made good growth for the first year. Need to push on with fish emulsion and seaweed foliar spray.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lime - Australian Red Centre (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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Has made good growth in the first year of planting. Needs to be pushed along with foliar seaweed and fish emulsion.

Height 1 metres

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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austromertus coppertops (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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Hope spelling is correct! Australian native groundcover. Very attractive plant for even an ornamental garden. Gets covered in a mass of small white flowers, followed by delightful white berries covered in fine purple freckles. Berries fall into the hand when ripe and taste sweet and spicey. Produces large amounts of fruit over a long period.


Fruiting Months January, February, March, December

Planted: 2006

Height 25 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Ugni ( Tazziberry ) (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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Chillean Guava (ugni). Seems keen to grow, reaching 1m in the first 6months. Fruited and flowered only lightly in this time but have high hopes for coming year. Good looking bush.

Fruiting Months May and June

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Brad1 says... [2601 days 8hrs ago]
I struggled with this plant in perth. Now only have in pots. will try in the ground in the hills when we move. what kind of spot is yours? full sun? wind shelter? ph of soil?

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chilacayote (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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The ONLY perenial zucchini in the world. Does not get mildew at all, fruits for about nine months of the year, and requires no maintenance other than a good hair cut now and then. Pick fruit when about the size of an emu egg. Sweeter than a normal zucchini. I feed them to my goats when they are about the size of a football. They love them. The seeds are like zucchini seeds but black. Cucurbita ficifolia.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December

Planted: 1995

Height 8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 50 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Summer and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None Needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Diana says... [2848 days 22hrs ago]
Do they taste OK (do you feed them yo goats because they are not that nice?). Thanks, Diana.
Diana says... [2848 days 22hrs ago]
Or are they just very prolific? You sound very positive about this interesting plant. The lack of mildew is a very attractive feature. You have some amazing things in your garden- the stone pine looks great.

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Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2975 days 13hrs

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No maintenance required. Does its own thing and fruits very well. Easy to bag the fruit to stop birds. Each spray of fruit is like a separate branch of the tree. Put a big chaff bag over it and when ripe the fruit fall off into the neck of the bag for easy collection. Masses of fruit over a prolonged period. Each spray of fruit (usually four to six every year) ripen at a slightly different time, prolonging the period of time when fruit is available. Ripens in winter when every other fruit tree is on holiday. Useful out of season fresh fruit.

Fruiting Months June, July, August, September

Planted: 2003

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 5

Fruit Harvest: 15 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed

Organic Status:Organic


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vlct says... [1427 days 8hrs ago]
Hi what's the taste like?

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Feijoa (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 2975 days 21hrs

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A bit erratic here. Grows well some years then nearly dies. Probably the wet feet in winter. Produces lovely perfumed fruit when it is not sulking.

Fruiting Months May and June

Planted: 2004

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 4 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry 3/10

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Update: 2975 days 21hrs

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Reluctant producer and grower. Not suited to my garden.

Planted: 2006

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed

Organic Status:Organic


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josta (Cutting) 2/10

Lorna's Edible Fruits
Update: 2975 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Josta berry is a cross between a black currant and an English gooseberry. It needs more chill than we receive here.

Fruiting Months February

Height 1.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Currant - Black (Cutting) 3/10

Lorna's Edible Fruits
Update: 2975 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Need more chill for these than we receive. Fruiting has been poor.

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2004

Height 1.2 metres

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 0.5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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