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MacLynn's Edible Backyard

Joined: 07/10/08 Updated: 07/10/08 Frost: None
Location: brisbane

About My Edible Backyard


Why MacLynn Love's Edible Plants

The orchard is just a normal backyard on sandy soil in SE Qld.  All the fruit trees are in full sun. There is never any frost. Our biggest challenge is building up the sand. I have been adding compost, manure, kitchen scraps and anything else that will rot down for nearly ten years now and it is still basically sand. During the recent heavy rains in SE Qld, we had 12 inches of rain in two days and there was not a single puddle. As fast as the water falls, it's gone, and the soil goodness with it.


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Dwarf vs normal sized fruit trees - Oh thanks Jimmy, Six feet is quite considerable so I will go with the dwarf variety. I am expecting to have to cover the tree to protect from birds etc so the extra height would make that difficult. Many thanks, Lynn...3432 days 9hrs
Lychee variety for brisbane - Hello Karen and Paul, Sounds like Wai Chee will be the one for me to get. I have room for only one tree so felt I had to "get it right". I wouldn't think it needs the chilly temperature. I haven't heard that before. They certainly grow well on the ..3433 days 18hrs
Lychee variety for brisbane - Hello Paula, Thank you so much for the reply. I always think it is so helpful to know of others experiences. The Wai Chee looks lovely. It is certainly laden with fruit. Thank you so much for sending the photo as well. Thanks for your advice, Lynn!..3434 days 10hrs
Collar rot1 - Hello Peetah, If you are using the Yates Anti-rot you can certainly still eat the fruit. The active ingredient of this relatively new product is phosphoric acid which is quite harmless to animals and plants and is actually found in soft drinks particularl..3434 days 11hrs
Lychee variety for brisbane - Could someone please advise me whether the lychee Bosworth 3 or the lychee Wai Chee would be better for Brisbane climate. The description indicates either would suit this area but I thought there may be someone with first hand experience who could advise..3434 days 11hrs
Dwarf vs normal sized fruit trees - Could you please tell me what the difference in size between a dwarf cara cara orange and a normal sized one would be. I am trying to visualise the difference between citrus on dwarf rootstock and normal sized ones. Also could you please tell me if there..3434 days 11hrs
Tropic beauty peach - Does the Tropic Beauty Peach need a pollinator?..3746 days 21hrs
Grapes query1 - Sorry not actually a tree query but this seemed the appropriate forum. Do any of the backyard grape varieties have much chance of success in northern Brisbane? We never get a frost and are usually cooler than the western suburbs but very humid through Feb..3914 days 17hrs
Grapes query - Sorry not actually a tree query but this seemed the appropriate forum. Do any of the backyard grape varieties have much chance of success in northern Brisbane? We never get a frost and are usually cooler than the western suburbs but very humid through Feb..3914 days 17hrs

Olive - Manzanillo (Grafted) 3/10

MacLynn's Edible Fruits
Update: 3593 days 21hrs

Comments: -

This tree has been in the ground for 7 years now and has never flowered. We are thinking perhaps it does not get cold enough to initiate flowering here on the coast. It is a lovely tree. If anyone has any tips for making olives flower please let us know.

Planted: 2002

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

None has been required at this stage.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Dwarf Orange - Washington Navel (Cutting) 8/10

MacLynn's Edible Fruits
Update: 3593 days 21hrs

Fruiting Months May and June

Planted: 2005

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 40 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 5% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter, horse manure, potash

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

None so far.

Organic Status:Organic


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