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Getafix's Edible Backyard

Joined: 16/12/09 Updated: 12/09/10 Frost: Low
Location: New Lambton, NSW, AU

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Have just bought in New Lambton in early 2009. The block is about 500m2, with a big backyard facing north, and a small front yard facing south. Essentially no plants in place when we moved in, so a blank slate to start with. I'm pretty new to gardening, but keen to give it a go. I like the idea of having a productive garden.


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Size of avocado tree trunk - Ok, thanks everyone. I knew they got big, just wasn't sure how big. We should be able to engineer the hole in the deck so we can make it bigger in the future if need be...1604 days 19hrs
Size of avocado tree trunk - Can anyone tell me the circumference or diameter of an adult avocado tree? We are build a deck around our juvenile avo, and i need to know how big a hole to leave to allow for future growth. It is a grafted Secondo avocado...1608 days 20hrs
Disease on avocadoanthracnose - Thanks Brendan...yes, i've already cut the top section off, and so far so good. I've been giving it the occasional drink with seasol and powerfeed, so hopefully those two should give enough potassium. Does it need gypsum given it's in a pot? It is ..2948 days 8hrs
My confused almond - I have a relatively young self-pollinating almond growing in a pot, and in general it's been doing OK. In early march i noticed it was dropping its leaves, and i just assumed it was becoming dormant for winter...it seemed a little early in autumn to be d..2950 days 8hrs
Disease on avocadoanthracnose - Thanks guys. Brendan...with the wettasoil, it actually says on it something like that it wouldn't harm plants, grass, animals etc which was why i initially thought it would be OK...anyway, i have now bought some spredmax. The lesion on the main tru..2950 days 9hrs
Disease on avocadoanthracnose - Thanks again, Peter, yes i was a bit worried about Phytophthora but when i read the NSW DPI document about avocado diseases, anthracnose did seem to be a better fit, so we'll see. Brendan...ummm...how bad would it be...er, hypothetically...if, say,..2987 days 10hrs
Avocadoes - There are A and B type avocados, depending on their flowering pattern, and the recommendation is you have an A and a B type for best results, but i've read that for domestic purposes one tree is normally enough, and the unusual flowering behaviour normal..2989 days 19hrs
Disease on avocadoanthracnose - Thanks guys. Brendan, how crucial is the mancozeb component. I already have some copper oxychloride, but wondering whether i should go and get the mancozeb as well. Would it be ok to spray with the copper initially and then add in the mancozeb when i g..2989 days 19hrs
Disease on avocadoanthracnose - I've recently noticed some new branches on my avocado going black...i pruned them off, but have now noticed a section of the trunk going black as well. Some of the leaves are also a bit funny. It's been in a relatively sheltered position for most of sum..2990 days 8hrs
Gummosis on almond tree - Thanks everyone...yes the tree is generally healthy. It's put on a lot of new growth since i bought it last year, but it has slowed down now which i am assuming is normal. There would have been a number of weeks between the most recent growth spurt and t..3008 days 10hrs
Gummosis on almond tree - Does anyone have any advice on how to differentiate the multiple causes. As you say Kert, treatment may not be required, but at the same time i don't want to just assume it's from the recent hot weather/water stress and then find a dead tree in a co..3016 days 15hrs
Gummosis on almond tree - I've got what i'm pretty sure is gummosis on my relatively young almond tree...not sure what the initial precipitant for it was. Any suggestions for treating it? What have you tried and how successful has it been? Is just cutting that part off enough..3020 days 19hrs
Sugar cane bales - I've got what i'm pretty sure is gummosis on my relatively young almond tree...not sure what the initial precipitant for it was. Any suggestions for treating it? What have you tried and how successful has it been? Is just cutting that part of enough,..3020 days 19hrs
Sodium bentonite - I think the sodium in the clay shouldn't cause "salinity" problems if that is what you're concerned about Amanda...i remember reading something somewhere once about this issue that seemed to make sense at the time so i was happy to accept it, but i di..3048 days 9hrs
Passionfruit - I seem to be having the same problem as you melissa! I found two halves of partly ripened fruit with all the pulp eaten out of them...they weren't even two halves of the same fruit so the little bugger has pinched two of them!! :( I don't think passion..3069 days 10hrs

Double grafted lemon/lime (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 3171 days 12hrs

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We don't have a lot of room at our place, so the idea of a double grafted tree was attractive, although it was an expensive tree. It also looks nice with the different foliage and flowers on the one tree

Planted: 2009

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Almond - Self Pollinating Papershell (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 3171 days 12hrs

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My wife and i both love almonds, so an almond tree seemed like a natural addition to our garden. They are also very attractive plants in bloom so it will look great as well.

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Lemon Grass (Cutting) 7/10

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Update: 3171 days 12hrs

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I'm a big fan of Thai food, so thought i'd add lemongrass to other herbs and spices i'm growing

Planted: 2010

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Avocado - Secondo (A) ® (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 3171 days 12hrs

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Sept 2010: The fruit from this variety was rated very highly by Daley's staff, and it is also meant to fruit well without a pollinator, so i thought i'd give it a go. We have heavy clay soil, so i'm in the process of preparing its eventual spot in the garden, and in the meantime it's in a pot.

Since the weather has started to warm up, it has put on a lot of new growth and looking pretty healthy in general

Planted: 2010

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Mulberry-Black (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 3171 days 12hrs

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Wanted a good climbing tree for when the kids are older, as well as something edible. Has absolutely taken off since being planted in late Nov 09 and is now nearly 3 metres tall (Apr 10).


Sept 2010: Had a brief dormant period over late winter, but has now woken up with a vengence and there are flowers everywhere, so hopefully we should have some fruit later this year.


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Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter and Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, dynamic lifer

Pest Control:

None needed so far

Snail/slug pellets (Fe based ones) and copper ring


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Macadamia - A16 (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 3193 days 13hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Finger Lime - Tasty Green (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 3193 days 13hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Orange - Valencia (Grafted) 2/10

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Update: 3325 days 21hrs

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Bought and planted out in Novemeber 2009 but hasn't had a single new leave since and i'm not exactly sure why. Gets plenty of sun and water, and even though it's in a clay soil the drainage seems ok.

Planted: 2009

Height 75 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol

Pest Control:

Fingers


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Passionfruit - Black (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 3326 days 9hrs

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Planted a small seedling in November, hoping i might get some fruit next spring. However less than 6 months later it is covering the entrie trellis and flowers everywhere, sometimes over 10 a day. It needed some help from me for pollination, but there are now plenty of large passionfruit coming along nicely...i just hope they ripen in time ebfore winter

Fruiting Months February, March, April

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 4 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Hand Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, dynamic lifter, miracle gro

Pest Control:

Fingers and feet


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Coffee arabica 7/10

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Update: 3326 days 9hrs

Planted: 2005

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, miraclegro, dynamic lifter

Pest Control:

None needed


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Pineapple - F180 (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 3326 days 9hrs

Planted: 2010

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pest Control:

None needed


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Bay Tree 7/10

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Update: 3327 days 8hrs

Planted: 2010

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pest Control:

None needed


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