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Cam's Edible Backyard

Joined: 08/04/10 Updated: 02/06/12 Frost: Low
Location: , Cairnlea, VIC, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Cam Love's Edible Plants



Growing and picking food from my very own backyard is very rewarding on many levels. As my garden is still new there is hardly anything to see, but I still enjoy wandering around it everyday obersving and anticipating as it evolves into hopefully a productive biodiverse garden.


My Home: Cairnlea is approximately 20km from Melbourne City, so the climate condition is warm temperate/subtropical with hardly any frost. The shape of our block of land is a trapazoid with a narrow front and a wide back facing North/East  - this means most of my plants will receive lots of sunshine. The soil condition is relatively free draining on most of part of the land and is slightly on the clayey side.  


Challenges: I need to remind myself to slow down, but the more I grow, the more I want to grow - gardening can be very addictive sometimes.


It's a nice feeling to know that my interest in growing things is more or less good for the environment I live in.


Happy growing everyone!


Cheers,
Cam


Comments

tony1 says... [2481 days 5hrs ago]
Hi Cam, Such a joy to read your thoughts on your edible backyard. I just laugh to myself.. I feel not so alone knowing that I am not the only one who is addicted to buying trees. Much to my wife's dismay.. she would cringed in fear when she see new potted trees. I too enjoy walking around the trees looking at waht they are doing. My wife said that the garden is my second family. - Tony
Cam says... [2461 days 9hrs ago]
Hi Tony, I am sure your wife will appreciate it when the trees come to fruition. My husband used to winge when my next order of plants arrive at the door, but nowadays he is more supportive and sometimes even happily plant them in the ground for me. The more he sees the benefits of gardening the more he enjoys gardening. Although he may not admit or realise it, but he has become a gardening covert (in progress). I think one of the things that changed his attitude is seeing the delights on our kids faces when they munch on a freshly picked strawberry. Cheers, Cam
Cam says... [2435 days 5hrs ago]
In addition to my previous post, the delights on my kids faces have little to do with the taste as most often we pick the fruits at under ripe stages so that we can get to them before the birds, snails and slugs etc, but there is something special about picking the fruit straight off the tree and chomping them fresh.

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Fruit Tree Forum Contributions

Cam Forum Contributions
Cant find white pomegranate treeseeds in australia - Hi Rev, Just letting you know that I received half of my order the other day. And you're right the plants are very very small indeed. I am still waiting on my persimmon (Fuyu) plant from them and I really don't know what to expect. ..2635 days 4hrs
Cant find white pomegranate treeseeds in australia - Hi Rev, I've just ordered some ornamental and fruit trees from Diggers a few weeks ago, they should be arriving soon. I am not sure about the size but a staff from Diggers explained that their trees are one or two years old so they are strong enough ..2668 days 5hrs
Dwarf cherry trees1 - Hi Yvonne, Cherry slugs are a very common pest with some fruit trees especially for pear and cherry plants. However, it shouldn't cause great harm to your plant as long as it is healthy. The main drawback is they make the tree look unappealing. My..2669 days 5hrs

Cam's WISH LIST

Sacred Lotus

Why Cam wants it: -

Sacred lotus is a symbolic plant in many Asian traditions and it certainly is one of my favourite plants. Sacred lotus is not only beautiful but is a very generous plant providing food to us in many forms, inlcuding the seeds, stems, and roots (rhizomes). The leaves are used as food wraps.

I already got hold of some seeds, white/pink and crimson red, and will sow it when the weather gets warmer.







Goji Berry (Seedling)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Like dried Chinese dates, dried goji berry is another herb we use often in cooking nourishing soups. Consuming these berries is said to help improve eye sight.


The plant looked rather weak and straggly, and went dormant in Winter which got me a little worry. But as soon as Spring arrived the tree grew new leaves and doubled the height. I want to train the tree to a single trunk so I cut all the side shoots.


Planted in a bigger pot in April 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Comfrey (Cutting)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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The root cuttings were planted in pots and then transplanted in the ground when the new leaves emerged. The comfreys are planted on the edge of the fence as a weed barrier. I also plant them near the fruit trees for fresh mulch. Comfrey  (and nettle) leaves make great liquid fertiliser, and is also a great addition to the compost as the help speed up the process.


According to some texts, the usefulness of comfrey go beyond as a mulch or liquid fertiliser. It could be said as second to none in the herb kingdom. For more information, read 'How to Use Herbs in My Daily Life', by Isabell Shipard.


As you can see from the pictures, comfrey can easily make an ornamental plant as well.


Planted in the ground in February 2010.

Planted: 2009

Height 20 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 10

Pollination: No


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Ugni ( Tazziberry ) (Cutting)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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I came across some more of these plants from a local nursery, which bushier and healthy so I bought another 6. All are in the ground in my front yard as a mini hedge.


The plants are rather straggly and twiggy, but apparently young plants normally be like this.  They will become bushy once established. The roots are very dry, must plant out immediately after a long soak in the water. Hope they'll survive through the Winter months.



Planted: 2010

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 14

Pollination: No


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Berry - Loganberry

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

Comments: -

It's rarely you find this fruit in the supermarket so it's nice to have one in the backyard. Apparently the fruit tastes best when they are ripen from the tree. A few fruits have set so I will be able to taste it soon. (I know I shouldn't allow fruit set for first year or two for maximum fruit yield in the later years, but as a home grower I am not too fussed about that. Well not for this plant anyway, besides I'm curious of what the fruits taste like.)


Planted in the ground August 2010.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Apricot - Divinity/Trevatt (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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Apriots are beautiful when  allowed to ripen from the tree, but every now and then I also like chomping them at the semi ripe stage when they are still crisp.


Planted in the ground in September 2010.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Nectarine - Goldmine (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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I hear all the raves about Flavourtop (yellow flesh) or Goldmine (white flesh) nectarines so they are  in my backyard. Hopefully they are ready for sampling in a couple of years.


Planted in the ground in September 2010.


Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Nectarine - Flavourtop (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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I hear all the raves about Flavourtop (yellow flesh) or Goldmine (white flesh) nectarines so they are  in my backyard. Hopefully they are ready for sampling in a couple of years.


Planted in the ground in September 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Plum - Santa Rosa (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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I bought this plant because I hear good reviews about it and that it is good pollinator for my Satsuma plum.


Planted in the ground in September 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Cherry - Stella (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

Comments: -

I used to have a Stella planted in my previous home and it produced fruit on the fourth year. It appears to be a reliable performer so I decided to plant one in my new home.


Both cherry trees and pear/nashi trees are suscepticle to cherry/skeletonising slugs. The affect of these pests are not detrimental to the tree nor fruit sets as long as the tree is in good health, however the skeletonised leaves are an eyesore. Some strageties to prevent these slugs from attacking the trees are:

*Planting ground covers herbs such as oregano and thyme directly under the trees,

*Wrap grease bands around tree trunks using foil with vaseline or grease, and

*Planting rue near by trees. My aunt tried this with her nashi tree and there are now no more slugs to be seen on her tree.


Planted in the ground in August 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Strawberries

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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I want to plant as many varieties as possible for an extended harvesting season.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Licorice (Cutting)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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Licorice is an acquired taste, some people like it others don't, but I like it. I'd love to try chewing the fresh licorice roots.


Planted in 20cm pot in August 2010.

Height 10 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Avocado - Secondo (A) (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Perhaps it is not a wise choice to plant a Secondo in Melbourne as may not tolerate the long cold months down here. Nevertheless, I am happy with the purchase, how could I resist it when the fruit is said to be of excellent quality and that its parents are Sharwil and Hass? I will transplant the plant to a bigger pot and plant it out in the ground next year when I have more time to tend them.


Once in the ground, the strategies to keep my avocado plants in good health is to:

* plant the trees on a raised bed to prevent root rot,

* cover the plant with with shade cloth for sun/wind/frost proction in its first few years, and

* mulch and feed the plants with good stuff such as comfrey leaves,  liquid fertiliser and blood bones. Because avocado trees acidic soil, avoid feeding them any matter that may raise the PH level such as mushroom compost and  seaweeds.

Planted: 2010

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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tevans says... [1109 days 10hrs ago]
how is your avocado tree going now 4 yrs on?

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Gotu Kola (Cutting)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Gotu Kola is a very useful herb, and according to Isabell Shipard's book 'How to Use Herbs in My Daily Life' it can treat many many symptons. For instance, improving one's memory  and concentraion (I need this), lowering high blood pressure and treating or at least reliefing pain from arthritis.


This plant is not new to me, yet I only a little about its benefits until I read Isabell's book. In the Vietnamese culture, we extract the juice from the leaves and mix it with sugar, water and ice for a thirst quenching drink in the Summer time. Ocassionally we also add a few leaves to our salad.


Gotu Kola is an acquired taste, tasting similar to fresh grass (which doesn't sound appetising) but you can disguise the taste with honey and other sweet things. I have no problem with the taste and can happily chomp fresh on its own.


Like everything else, eating too much of one thing will have side effect, but eating a couple of leaves, say two, daily is said to be safe and may improve overall health. I will try this as soon as my plants are producing enough leaves.


This plant is easily propagated by root division, and is a perennial.

Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Dwarf Persimmon - Ichikikijiro (NA) (Grafted)

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

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I think 2 Ichikikijiro complete my persimmon collections because I now have 7 persimmon trees (2=A and 5=NA). I have also sowed a few seeds and 3 baby plants have sprouted so that makes it 10. I don't know how I am going to fit them in my garden but they are my priority plants so I'll find a way.


Ichikikijiro is a smaller tree than Fuyu so it is very suitable for backyards, and the fruits are said to be of excellent quality.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2


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Cherimoya - Seedling

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Update: 1968 days 5hrs

Comments: -

The current size of the plant is very small so I have to wait for a long while before I can try the fruit.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Hand Pollination


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Bamboo - Bambusa Oldhamii (Cutting)

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Update: 2260 days 5hrs

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This plant was on my wish list and I am so happy to have found it from a local shop, and apparently locally bred in Melbourne. It is still in a pot, I will plant it in ground when the weather warms up a bit. I have reserved a 3 x 3 metre space for the plant, but I have already been warned that the species will eventually outgrow the space. Hmmm. I'll deal with it when the time comes.


Bambusa Oldhami is relatively frost hardy (up to -9C), serves as a great ornamental wind break, and the bonus is produces superior edible shoots. Bamboo shoot is my favourite vegetable which is great in stir fries and soups. Yuuum.

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot


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Jujube - Li (Grafted)

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Update: 2260 days 5hrs

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I finally bought my first jujube tree. I bought a LI variety because it is often regarded as the best first tree to have. This plant is said to withstand a good range of soil type and weather conditions as long as it receives plenty of sunshine. For more cultural guide please refer  JujubeForSaleInMelbourne's page.


I am still on the lookout for a few more varieties to be added in my backyard, although there's hardly any space left I have managed to reserve a couple of sunny spots for my future jujube trees. You cannot have too many of these fruits. Assuming my plants will provide me bucket loads fruits which is too much for fresh consumption, the fruits are said to dry happily on the tree. And once dried they can be kept in a jar for a long period time. They will serve as great additions to my soup.


Pre-purchase ntoes: We often add dried Chinese red dates/jujubes to medicinal soups as well as to sweet beverages, yet I have never seen a live plant let alone eating the fresh fruit. I only recently learnt more about the fruit tree from some posts from the Daleys forum. As the plant is not readily available it is quite costly to buy but  would be worth adding to my plant collection.

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Rose Apple (Seedling)

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Update: 2295 days 6hrs

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I came across the plant at a local nursery by chance and bought it home. Not sure whether it's going to survive through Melbourne's Winter, but worth a try.


Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot


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Feijoa (Seedling)

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Update: 2362 days 7hrs

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I first tasted this fruit at work when my colleague brought it in from her home garden. The sweetness and slight tartness of the fruit tastes very much like a typical guava, although less aromatic, the soft and platable seeds makes up for it.

These plants tolerate semi-shade pretty well and is very ornamental when in flower as the crimson red colours contrasts with the dark green foliage. It also makes a nice hedge too. I am having a toss between planting a hedge of lavenders or feijoas on the side fence of my front yard. Or should I interplant? Decisions, decisions.

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot


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Avocado - Hass (A) (Grafted)

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Update: 2363 days 6hrs

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The Hass variety is the third and last tree for my avocado collection. All the three plants are still in their pots but I will be planting them along side each to cover one side of the shed. The trees in return will get afternoon sun protection from the shed in the first couple of years. A win-win deal.

I will plant the trees about 1.5 metres apart so hopefully they will dwarf each other as advocated by some gardening gurus.

Planted: 2011

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Mulberry - White Shahtoot (Grafted)

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Update: 2446 days 5hrs

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The Red Shahtoot I bought last year produced fruits within 2 months, I was so impressed with the performance that I decided to try out the White Shahtoot as well. Both white and red varieties are said to tolerate clayey soil very well which is great because some parts of my backyard's soil is clayey, and the thought of reaping the fruits of these plants without the need to improving the surrounding soil quality is too good to be true.

I ordered this tree from Daleys during one of the hottest weeks, and yet it looks most healthy. Very impressed. I hope the fruits taste as good as what is suggested.

Planted: 2011

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot


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Pitaya - Pearl Dragon Fruit (Cutting)

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Update: 2446 days 5hrs

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I took my kids for a walk around my area one day and saw a huge Pitaya plant grown in the front yard owned by an old Vietnamese couple. I asked the elderly man for a cutting and he ended upended a small cutting with the root intact for me. It was very nice of him. The Vietnam Dragon Fruit is sharing the same pot with the Yellow Dragon Fruit. I can't wait till ]my Yellow Dragon Fruit matures, so I can take some cuttings and give it to the elderly couple in return.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot


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Pitaya - Yellow Dragon Fruit (Cutting)

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Update: 2446 days 5hrs

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I planted the Yellow Dragon Fruit in the same pot as the Red Dradon Fruit (white flesh).

Planted: 2011

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot


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Avocado - Bacon (B) (Grafted)

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Update: 2501 days 8hrs

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Although Melbourne's weather may not need both type A and B avocado plants to help set fruits but surely it'll benefit and besides you can't have too many avocados.

Bacon is said to be one of the most cold tolerant avocado plants so it is very suitable to grow in Melbourne and that it produces fruits relatively early, say in its third or fourth year.


Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Miracle Fruit

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Update: 2501 days 8hrs

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Dec 2010 - This plant almost gone to the "Tried But Died" section because I transplanted the plant too many times unecessarily. However, after months and months of TLC the plant is putting out a couple of new leaves. 


April 2010 - This fruit is said to change the tastebud, so any sour fruit we eat will taste sweet without altering the original flavour.  Apparently, this effect last within 2 hours after consuming the fruit fresh. I can hardly wait to try it myself.

Plant prefers acidic condition with ph of 4.5 so I mulch it with pine barks to help it along.


Planted in a pot in April 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Dwarf Mulberry - Red Shahtoot

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Update: 2501 days 9hrs

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Dec 2010: Plant is already bearing about 1/2 dozen fruits, hope they don't drop off prematurely like a few of my persimmon trees.


Oct 2010: A branch was broken when I opened the parcel but all is fine. The tree is now planted into 25cm pot, will plant in the ground autumn/spring next year. Can't wait to taste the fruit.



Planted: 2010

Height 40 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Months from Purchase in Pot

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Grumichama - Black (Cutting)

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Update: 2502 days 5hrs

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This plant is suited to warmer region and the taste of the fruit is said to be the equivalent to that the of cherries. And again the only way for me to test it out is to plant one myself.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Acerola - Florida Sweet

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Update: 2502 days 5hrs

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I remember eating these fruits back in Vietnam, the mild sweet/sour taste of the fruit is nothing to rave about, but after finding out that it has one of the highest Vitamin C level compared to any other fruits I had to get hold of at least one plant.  Planted in a 40cm pot.

Planted: 2010

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Guava Hawaiian (Seedling)

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Update: 2502 days 5hrs

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Guava plants can be planted in Melbourne but will not produce full flavoured fruits compared to when planting in warmer regions further north. I'm fine with with that as long as the tree bears fruits for me. Dipping the fruits into salt (crushed with fresh chilli) will help enhance the sweetness of the fruit.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Black Sapote

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Update: 2502 days 5hrs

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I get mixed reviews on the taste of this fruit, but the only way for me to try the fruit is planting one myself.

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Fig Black Genoa (Cutting)

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Update: 2507 days 6hrs

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I think it's a luxury to pick and eat figs from your backyard, and I'd love to try making fig jam once the trees are big enough to provide me with surplus fruits.

Height 20 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Fig White Adriatic (Cutting)

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Update: 2507 days 6hrs

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I think it's a luxury to pick and eat figs from your backyard, and I'd love to try making fig jam once the trees are big enough to provide me with surplus fruits.

Height 15 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Jerusalem Artichoke

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Update: 2526 days 5hrs

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Jerusalem artichokes can easily be progated by tubers. I bought a couple from a local supermarket, bunked them in a pot and they sprang up in no time.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot


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Mulberry - Black English (Cutting)

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Update: 2526 days 6hrs

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Black mulberry is said to taste better than the white and red ones. I'll plant the other two varieties too and test it out.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1


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Persimmon - Nightingale (A)

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Update: 2526 days 6hrs

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Nightingale is an astringent variety producing large conical fruits similar to that of Hachiya. It is relatively small tree reaching 4m max so is very suitable backyard tree.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Mandarin - Miho Wase (Satsuma) (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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16/11/10: I had a closer look at two of my Japanese varieties today and finally noticed some new growth. Yippie!


My daughter loves mandarins so it's great to have a few of these plants in our backyard. To date the two Japanese mandarin trees have not shown any growth whats so ever, they look exactly the same as when I first bought them. Well at least they still look healthy.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No


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Mandarin - Imperial (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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The tree is doing well compared to my other two Japanese mandarin varieties, and is producing lots of new leaves. This may be due to the fact that it gets more sunlight.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Lime - Tahitian (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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The tree was planted in a sunny but very windy spot and almost all the leaves were blown off during the Winter months. I got a bit worried but the tree has recovered and is producing lots of new leaves thanks to the recent rain.



Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Kumquat - Variegated (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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09/11/10 - This tree is doing well with a few fruits hanging on the tip of the branches.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.


Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Kumquat - Nagami

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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09/11/10 - This plant wasn't as vigorous as the other two kumquats, Meiwa and Calomondin, at the time of purchase. Added to that, it's leaves are constantly being devoured by the snails that there are hardly any leaves left on the tree. Not a good sign indeed.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No


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Kumquat - Meiwa (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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The plant was doing quite well intially but with recent constant attacks by the snail I am not sure whether it will bounce back.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Persimmon - Fuyu (NA) (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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All of the 3 plants are planted in pots, they will eventually be planted in the ground in the following Winter. One of the plants is already producing 9 flower buds.

 


Planted: 2010

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Lemon - Meyer (Grafted)

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Update: 2526 days 8hrs

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This variety is said to be a cross between a lemon and an orange  so it doesn't have the true acidic/sour/tangy factor like  Eurekas or Lisbon, but it's mild sweetness is good for making refreshing drinks.


Planted in the ground in December 2009.

Planted: 2009

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Osmocote, Seasol liquid, comfrey

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Longan - Kohala Seedling

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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Longan is one of my favourite fruits. I am not sure how well it will cope in Melbourne's weather but definetly worth a try. I will be planting it against the north facing fence for maximum heat and sunlight.



Planted: 2010

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Persimmon - Flat Seedless (A) (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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Can't get enough of persimmons, I love the taste and texture of both the astringent and non astringent varieties and they are definetly one of the most decorative edible trees. Have to get a few more of other varieties.


Planted in the ground in March 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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White Currant

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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I have three red currant plants so the white currant would be a good addition for colour contrast. 


Planted in the ground in October 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 30 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1


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Loquat - Nagasakiwase (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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I bought this plant mainly for it's medicinal value. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine loquats help to relieve cough by soothing the throat. I chose this Japanese variety because it is said to be high flesh/seed ratio. 



Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Olive - Arbequina (Seedling)

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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This plant is said to set fruits early and is more suitable in warmer areas. Why did it buy it then? Well it was my husband who bought it. He knew I wanted an olive tree, so when he saw the trees at Bunnings he picked this tree out of the lot.  ( *.* )


We planted this tree on the nature strip facing north/east. It has rather survived it's first Winter quite well, I guess olive trees in general are quite tough. There's hardly any growth in height but I see a lot of flower buds forming on the tree.



Planted: 2010

Height 80 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Sichuan Pepper (Seedling)

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

Planted: 2010

Height 50 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Rhubarb

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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09/11/10 - I don't know what variety this one is but I suspect it is "Victoria" because the stem is green with mild red colour at the base. I have never tasted rhubarb before so I really look forward sampling it soon.


Planted in the ground in September 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 15 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Nashi Pear - Nijiseiki (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 4hrs

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This variety is self-fertile but will yield better with bigger fruits if it cross pollinates with another variety such Williams Pear.


Planted in the ground in April 2010.

Planted: 2010

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Arrowroot

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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This plant can be eaten fresh or cooked, has a delicately sweet taste with a crisp texture. A second stalk has shooted up with bright red flowers. Very pretty.


Planted a tuber in the ground in April 2010.


Height 40 Centimetres

Qty: 1

Pollination: No


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Mandarin - Japanese Seedless (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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The plant label only says Japanese Seedless so I am not sure what variety it is. I hope it's an Okitsu Wase because I already have a Miho Wase.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.

 

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Cherry - Lapins (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

Comments: -

I bought this variety because I hear it is a good performer with large fruits. Please see Stella Cherry for pest control remedy.


Planted in ground in September 2010.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Cherry - Van (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

Comments: -

I bought this variety because I hear it is a good performer with large fruits. Please see Stella Cherry for pest control remedy.


Planted in the ground in August 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Plum - Satsuma (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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I like the taste and texture of this plum, the tartness of the skin combines well with the sweet and soft flesh.


Planted in the ground in September 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Santa Rosa


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Asparagus - Mary Washington

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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I love asparagus, I am sure I'll like more once I munch on the fresh ones.


My asparagus plants are doing ok but as not good as anticipated. Firstly, I didn't plant them deep enough and secondly, I might have chosen the wrong spot for them. They are exposed to the harsh afternoon sun and not to mention the strong wind which is blowing the ferns in all directions. Will buy more crowns next year to plant in more suitable areas.


Planted in the ground July 2010. Also  bought some purple asparagus seeds.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 20

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Wampee (Seedling)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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The plant is still in its original pot to be planted in the ground soon. The luscious green leaves look very healthy.



Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Lime - Kaffir (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

Comments: - The plant has produced abundance of healthy new leaves and one flower has emerged. Very elegant looking tree indeed.


Planted in the ground in January 2010.

Fruiting Months June

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Jaboticaba (Cutting)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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16/11/10: The plant has survived its first Melbourne Winter, and although there is no growth in height new leaves are forming on the branches. Very nice orangie bronze colour.


Planted in the ground in May 2010. Small leaf variety.

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No


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Kumquat - Calamondin (Grafted)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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The Calomondin is planted next to the other kumquats, Meiwa and Nagami, but it seems to doing well compared to its counterparts.


Planted in the ground in May 2010.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

Please refer to Meyer Lemon for reference.


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Pomegranate - Rosavaya (Seedling)

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Update: 2529 days 5hrs

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Rosavaya is a variety from Russia producing elongated fruits. Although the appearance of the fruit is not as attractive as its American (Wonderful) counterpart, they make it up for the taste.


The current size of the plant may be too small and fragile to be planted in the ground so I planted in a bigger pot until next Winter.


Planted in bigger pot in September 2010.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Pomegranate - Wonderful (Seedling)

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Update: 2529 days 6hrs

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I saw this variety for sale at a supermarket the other, it is truly a gorgeous looking fruit almost rounded with crimson colour.


The plant's current size may be too small and fragile to be planted in the ground so I planted in a bigger pot until next Winter.


Planted in bigger pot in September 2010.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blueberries

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Update: 2529 days 6hrs

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Like raspberries, shop bought blueberries are expensive and are not at their best because they are picked too early. You need to plant your own blueberries in order to appreciate their maximum flavour and high anti-oxidant values. I want to plant as many varieties as my garden can fit in for an extended harvesting season and also for samplings. My current list is as follows:


* Bluecrop (1 plant)

* Bluerose (1 plant)

* Brigitta (3 plants)



Qty: 5


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Raspberries

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Update: 2529 days 6hrs

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Shop bought raspberries are expensive and are not at their best because they are picked too early. You need to plant your own raspberries in order to appreciate their maximum flavour and high anti-oxidant values. I want to plant as many varieties as my garden can fit in for an extended harvesting season and also for samplings. My current list is as follows:


* Heritage (2 plants)

* Wiliamette (2 plants)

* Chilliwack (2 plants)



Qty: 6


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Aloe Vera (Cutting)

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Update: 2529 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Planted in the ground in May 2010.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No


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Pineapple - F180 (Cutting)

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Update: 2533 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Pineapples can be propagated by using the pineapple tops. Before planting into the ground or pot, let the tops dry in the an open area for a week or two and then pull a few of the lower layer leaves.


My pineapple tops have been planted in the 20cm pots for nearly a year, they are still alive but  hasn't grown much at all. Maybe need a sunnier spot and more feeding.


Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 5

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No


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