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Terrastrega's Edible Backyard

Joined: 23/10/09 Updated: 14/11/14 Frost: None
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About My Edible Backyard


Why Terrastrega Love's Edible Plants

I started gardening when my now mother in law bought us a basil herb plant. Since then we have planted and grown many types of herbs, fruit and vegetables, Australian natives and rainforest plants.

We have a big enough but not huge garden in inner city brisbane, and as far as Queensland goes, sub-tropical weather is good for growing alot of things. only wish there was more rain. We have a mini orchard with lemon, lime, mandarin, orange and pomelo in dwarf and non dwarf varieties, a raised garden bed for vegetables and herbs, a pumpkin and watermelon patch, banana trees and grape and passionfruit vines on the back deck, a small rainforest section and a section for Australian natives like gravilleas, silky oak, acacia amd calistamons.

Still a work in progress and a lot of time spend on fertilising, mulching and pest and weed control but so rewarding as well! 

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magsgaz1 says... [2635 days 8hrs ago]

magsgaz1 says... [2635 days 7hrs ago]
hi, we got the dwarf banana as a sucker from a relative from north Qld. It has a large bunch on now, much bigger than the other bananas, yet it is half the height. We're inner northside, Brisbane. Thanks for the compliment, re apple tree. They are deciduous, its normal to lose leaves in winter, so has yours improved with the warmer weather? Ours now has some little apples on both (golden dorsett and Anna) which is very exciting.

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Help needed with dwarf calomondin calamansi - Thanks for the replies. I called up Daleys and was told to pluck them off to allow the tree to concentrate on growing first, so I did. Hope I did not do the wrong thing...2960 days 3hrs
Help needed with dwarf calomondin calamansi - Hi, I just received my 2 new trees from Daleys, a fig and a kumquat-dwarf calomondin. This is my first attempt at growing fruit trees. They will both be transplanted into bigger pots in a couple of days. The dwarf calomondin has little balls of fruit on t..2972 days 14hrs

Tea Plant

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Another new arrival from Daleys. Will be planting as hedgeing plant. Cant wait to try my own tea.

Pollination: No


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Rambutan

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Just arrived from El Arish Tropical Plants, they send me 2 plants, fingers cross they are one female and one male. Will be in pots for now and greenhouse in winter if needed here in Brisbane. Grew up with Rambutan tree in the backyard and love the fruit.

Pollination: No


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Lemon - Eureka

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Purchased Oct 2014 and in the ground.

Pollination: No


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Dwarf Apple - Tropic Sweet

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Just arrived from Daleys. (13/11/2014)

Pollination: No


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Dwarf Apple - Dorsett Golden

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Just arrived from Daleys. (13/11/2014)

Pollination: No


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Mandarin - Imperial

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Just bought this today 31 Oct 2014. Will be going into the ground tomorrow. It is a dwarf variety. There were tinly fruit forming which I pulled off to allow the plant to concentrate on growing first.

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Lime - Tahitian

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Bought this today. Will be going into the ground tomorrow.

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Orange - Valencia Seedless

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Just bought this today (31 Oct 2014), going into the ground tomorrow.

Planted: 2014

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Lady Finger Banana

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Bought our new house (2011) and there were already 5 Lady Fingers Banana Trees scattered around the property. Always wanted to grow bananas and now have them! They are really delicious bananas.

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 5

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Grape - Golden Muscat

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Another delivery awaiting arrival from Daleys. Bought 11 Sept 2013.

Just planted this in the ground near another grape (unknown variety). 

2014: It is coming back to life after some neglect.

Planted: 2013

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Chicken Manure


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Lemon Grass 7/10

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Just planted a patch in the ground. 

Planted: 2013

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Chicken Manure


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Curry Tree 8/10

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Update: 1128 days 13hrs

Comments: - Grows very well in a pot. Lovely to be able to pick your own leaves to cook curries. 

Planted: 2010

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Dwarf Pumelo Nam Roi

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Update: 1137 days 7hrs

Comments: -

24 Sept 2013: Just bought this from Daleys and will be growing in a pot.

Oct 2014: There are about 5 fruits on this tree, and seems to be doing well. It dropped some of its fruit and has only 2 now, It is still a young plant. Did have to treat scale problem, nice new growth on tree (Nov). Fertilised with chook manure, blood and bone and dash of potash next time flowers start to form.

Planted: 2013

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Orange (Grafted)

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Update: 1137 days 7hrs

Comments: -

This tree finally started flowering this year (2013) and looks amazing. Full of lovely smelling white flowers (September) with tiny small fruit forming. Going to give it a dash of liquid pottash today.

2014: Still in its pot and has 10 little fruit on it. (Nov) It has now dropped half of its fruit and had to treat scale problemm some new growth appearing on plant,

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Certified


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Dwarf Calamondin (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 1137 days 7hrs

Comments: -

My little dwarf Calomondin (I call them calamansi) and fig- Black Genoa tree arrived by post all safe and snug in their box from Daleys yesterday.

Called up Daleys and the lady on the phone (Kathrine I think her name was... sorry I am really bad with names) was very cheerful and helful in answering questions I had regarding my little calomondin. She recommended to pick off any fruit on the tree when it arrives before plabting it to allow the plant to concentrate on growing and establishing. Very nice people to deal with..

2013 Update: This tree is growing very well in its pot and has put out little fruit last year and this year. Plenty of flowers starting to form. Can't wait, this makes a delicious juice drink. Scale and aphids were a minor problem that was treated with pyrethrium and scale spray.

2014: It was a bit neglected and decided to plant it into the ground sometime in April this year. Fertilise with chook manure and blood and bone and seaweed extract and mulch. Tree developed nice new growth. It has lots of little fruit forming on the tree at the moment (Oct). 

Planted: 2011

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No


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Fig Black Genoa 7/10

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Update: 1137 days 8hrs

Comments: -

I had this fig for 2 years in a pot. Went into the ground 2 weeks ago and there are little fruit starting to form on the tree. (Oct 2014)


Planted: 2011

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Mandarin - Emperor (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 1142 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Just purchased my Emperor Mandarin tree few weeks ago. Its in a pot (38cm diameter & 35cm height). Potting mix is Richgrow rose and citrus potting mix, fertilise with bit of blood and bond and fruit and citrus premium fertiliser, and a dash of potash. I use Tee Tree Mulch but leave about 2 inches unmulched around the trunk of the tree.The nursery advice to water twice a day here on Brisbane, so I have been doing that so far.

It looks healthy and doing well. It gets full sun till about 2 - 3pm each day, after which it gets partial sun. Height of tree from soil line upwards is about 74cm. potting mix and fertiliser and so far all seem healthy.

Late 2013, Update: Tree is still in a big pot although not the dwarf varity. Has plenty of flowers and little fruit forming (Early September). Will be transfering in the ground after fruiting. Had not done so earlier as we were renting but now have bought a house and can start putting my trees in the ground!

June 2014: It is finally in the ground. trimmed it right back and now lots of new growth on it.

Planted: 2011

Height 150 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

Have had to deal with scale in the past.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Candle Nut

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Update: 1561 days 17hrs

Comments: - Bought this as a seedling from a local nursery. Had it in the pot for a couple of years and a bit neglected. Finally planted in the ground and at the moment is doing all right. Delicious nuts used in cooking curries.

Planted: 2013

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question: How much sunlight does it need?


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