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Han's Edible Backyard

Joined: 22/04/10 Updated: 22/04/10 Frost: None
Location: Adelaide

About My Edible Backyard


Why Han Love's Edible Plants

I Have been longing for a productive garden for quite some time now. Last Summer hubbie and I bought our first home, an old brick house on a 620 squre metre block in the South of Adelaide. The garden was fairly bare with only two large gum trees in the front yard, a old seeding pear tree on the back, and a tall apricot in the side garden. There is a lot of potential for a home orchard, but the soil is terrible - water repallent dust over thick clay. Some section of the garden grows nothing but a few weeds. We've been improving the soil since we moved in and have seen some result. Hope the garden will thrive and we can become self sustainable in the near future.


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Grafted pink lady snapped from rootstock - Please help! I bought a double grafted apple (Granny Smith & Pink Lady)on MM 106 root stock. I attempted to train it into a fan against a fence, but the pink lady scion snapped completely from the rootstock. What should I do now? Do I need to disinfect..3281 days 3hrs
Dwarf apples on m rootstock in adelaide - Hi guys, Still on the topic of woolly aphids, I bought a barerooted Elberta peach from local hardware store and noticed a few white fluffy sticky spots attached to the roots. I thought they could be woolly aphids. I rubbed them off and gave the roots a..3281 days 3hrs
Pinkabelle apple tree - Hi Peter Allan, I couldn't decided to grow my apples on M9 or MM102. The sise of M9 is perfect, but I heard that this rootstock is susceptible to woolly aphids and must be grown on good fertile soil. You mentioned you had good yield from the tree on M..3287 days 1hrs
Dwarf apples on m rootstock in adelaide - Hi Pauline, Thanks for your reply. Do you grow any apples on MM102 and M9? I struggle a bit to make a decision on between the two. I like the size of M9, but heard that it is sesceptable to woolly aphids and have to be grown on good rich soil. ..3287 days 2hrs
Plum yarrahapinni blood - Has anyone tasted the fruit of Yarrahapinni yet? How does the flavour compare with Mariposa?..3343 days 8hrs

Orange - Valencia (Grafted) 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

leaves start to drop. there is not discolouration of leaves or any sign of pests. I have improved the soil thoroughly before planting. Don't know why, hopefully it is not serious.

Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, fish guts

Pest Control:

not yet

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Ugni ( Tazziberry ) (Cutting) 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

establised really well. Lots of new growth happening.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Yearly

Pest Control:

none so far

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Goji Berry - Shrub 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Given it a light pruning and new leaves have appeared now.

Planted: 2010

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

none


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Muntries 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

lovely little ground cover. extremely drought tolarent. don't know when it'll fruit though.

July 2009: I Dug it out of the ground and put it back to the pot. Seems it really doesn't like the soggy clay.

Planted: 2010

Height 20 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

pest free

Question:

Has anyone try muntries fruit yet? How does it taste like?


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Comments

Debd671 says... [429 days 9hrs ago]
how is it going in a pot as i had one but it died and i had it in the ground, it appeas to not like water much, so wondering if i actually killed it by too much watering

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Plum - Mariposa 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

It has quite a few white flowers at the moment. sprayed with copper fungicide and has grown out of leaf rust. New leaves appear fresh and healthy.

Planted: 2010

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Autumn and Winter

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: satsuma

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, fish guts

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Pomegranate - Wonderful

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

new shoots appear

Pollination: No


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Apricot - Glengarry 8/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Full of flowers now, hope the birds will leave some fruits for us this year.

A graceful tree and extremely healthy. The tree is quite tall so no fruit has been picked. The birds dropped some fruits with some of them barely touched. I couldn't resist to pick it up and have a task. Oh, it was so sweet and tasty. Wish I were a bird. But, considering it provides nice afternoon shade in summer and beautiful blossoms in spring, I am not going to prune it back.

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Height 6 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

pest free


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Grumichama - Black (Seedling) 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

sprayed with copper fungicide, but leave spot still lingering. Maybe doesn't like the colder winter we just had in Adelaide.

Planted: 2010

Height 35 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black (Cutting) 5/10

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Update: 3194 days 11hrs

Comments: -

It was purchased in autuman and already has many little fruits forming. Unfortunately the leaves and fruits at lower part of the tree has been chewed by my pet bunny.

Height 80 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, fish guts

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Mulberry - Red Shahtoot 5/10

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Update: 3325 days 11hrs

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, fish guts

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

none.

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Lilly Pilly - Bluey 5/10

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Update: 3331 days 15hrs

Comments: -

A very exotic plant for a person grown up overseas. I have never seen edible berries with such striking blue and pink colours, so extraordinary and almost deadly. It should have been poisonous judging by the colour but so unexpectedly kunchy, refreshing and tasty.

Height 40 Centimetres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Pear - Williams 3/10

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Update: 3331 days 15hrs

Comments: -

This is actually an old seeding tree, similar shape fruit to that of williams. Definitely a decendent of a European pear.The tree is about 6m tall and slightly infested with pear slug worm. It bears heavily, but the biggest fruits are all on the top of the tree, making it impossible to pick and the birds always get them first. I covered some fruits with newspaper on the lower branches. But very disappointing, the fruit is very very sweet, almost too stweet, and the texture is very dry and hard, not very pleasant to eat. I don't know if it has anything to do with watering because I didn't give it any water even during the harsh Adelaide summer. Anyway, I am going to cut it back to waist high in winter and multi-graft it with nashi Nijiseiki and Kosui.

Height 6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

none


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Mandarin - Okitsu wase (Satsuma) (Grafted) 5/10

Han's Edible Fruits
Update: 3331 days 16hrs

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, composted fish guts

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

none so far

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Looks healthy but no new growth yet. Been in the ground for about a month


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Guava - Strawberry 5/10

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Update: 3331 days 22hrs

Planted: 2010

Height 25 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, fish guts liquid

When I Fertilise: Yearly, Winter, Spring

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Bunnings has two varieties both named strawberry guava. The one I bought has light green leaves. The other variety has obvious darker colour and the leaves are much softer. I was wondering which one is the real deal?


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