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3's Edible Backyard

Joined: 08/07/09 Updated: 08/07/09 Frost: None
Location: Bayswater, WA

About My Edible Backyard


Why 3 Love's Edible Plants

We have just moved from an inner-city apartment to a suburban block and planning an edible landscaping makeover!



Our block:



- 755m2



- Base of a hill



- Typical Perth sandy soils!



- Backyard faces north-west



This winter we plan on eradicating the kikuyu, overhauling the irrigation system and improving the soils in preparation for the heritage apple trees I have ordered on a whim!


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Fruit Tree Forum Contributions

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Royal lee minnie royal cherry - I purchased one from a local nursery and they said that weather had wiped out a good number of trees so they were in short supply. ..1854 days 11hrs
Plum tree problems - I have had Santa Rosa and Mariposa grow well and fruit in Mandurah. Both were far more vigorous and healthy than my other stonefruit. ..2058 days 4hrs
Apple tree dormancy times - Still just the Anna and Dorset flowering / fruiting out my way. For anyone interested, I have had these non low chill varieties set fruit (but not mature, I removed it) after a Perth "winter" last year: Devonshire Quarrenden, Egremont Russet, Freyberg, ..2071 days 9hrs
Apple tree dormancy times - All but two of mine failed to fully lose their leaves at all over winter. The Anna and Dorset both have lots of flowers and fruitlets, and several others have started new growth. It's been a very underwhelming winter in Perth. ..2079 days 9hrs
Tass for sale - Thanks, I overlooked the note about the new site at the top of the page. Must have been the initial panic! ..2132 days 20hrs
Milk kefir grains - Cheers Amanda, I will look into it next time we head south. MaryT, my understanding is that the sugar is converted, but not sure if that makes it diabetic safe. ..2132 days 20hrs
Fig blue provence - Yalca Fruit Trees sells them, but they do appear to have sold out for this season. ..2132 days 21hrs
Milk kefir grains - Hi Amanda, did they have a much available? I've been having no luck finding water kefir in Perth. We go to Bunbury semi-regularly so I would be happy to add on a drive to Bridgetown for our next trip. ..2135 days 9hrs
Tass for sale - Hi all, I was driving home from Toodyay last night and there appeared to be a for sale sign in front of Tass1! Does anyone know if Joe is moving on? I might have to go on an unplanned spending spree if that's the case :(..2135 days 9hrs
Apple tree for subtropical - Hi MJ, I'm a pretty lazy gardener and don't usually bother! I've noticed they usually lost all the leaves eventually, but not until well into winter. There's been a big difference just this week, with the leaves finally changing colour and dropping. ..2158 days 20hrs
Apple tree for subtropical - Hi MJ, I also found his "experiments" very interesting. Makes you wonder how much is what he's doing right, and how much is the apples genuinely not needing high chill. I've planted twenty varieties in Perth - in part inspired by Kuffel Creek! - and h..2164 days 4hrs
Anzac peach chill hours - I just picked up the Royal Lee / Minnie Royal from Dawsons on Tuesday, and I know a few people got them last year. One of the staff told me there was a problem with the tree production at the nursery and they lost a lot. Not sure why only WA is getting th..2166 days 4hrs
Help with sick pear tree - And the toadstools..2250 days 2hrs
Help with sick pear tree - Hmm having some upload issues - here's the leaves..2250 days 2hrs
Help with sick pear tree - Hi all, hoping for a bit of advice on my pear tree. It has been looking a bit sickly for awhile, which I thought was a nutrient deficiency so have been treating accordingly (see attached pics of leaves). However, the tree has not really picked up and toda..2250 days 2hrs

Lemon - Eureka (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2469 days 4hrs

Comments: - This tree was purchased from a hardware store closing down sale for a bargain price. It has held on through suspected neglect at the hardware store, confirmed neglect on my roasting west-facing courtyard, several moves, and spending the last six months in a dark and forgotten corner of the yard. Have finally found a permanent place for it in the garden and it is now getting full sun, retic and lots of seasol. It is holding its fruit for the first time and I hope to finally harvest a lemon this sumer!

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Orange - Washington Navel (Grafted)

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Update: 2860 days 8hrs

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The Washington Navel is one of the most widely known (and grown) citrus. It is a navel orange, meaning that it has a small "navel" (actually a tiny secondary fruit) and crops mostly over winter in our climate. The Washington Navel variety is so-named because it was distributed through the US by the Washington office of the Department of Agriculture. It has a rich, "classic" orange taste and is generally seedless due to the tree's inability to produce viable pollen.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lemonade Tree (Grafted)

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Update: 2860 days 8hrs

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I have never sampled a lemonade fruit but have wanted one for many years - the power of a name I suspect! From what I understand, this fruit is a hybrid of unknown parentage which has resulted in a sweet tasting lemon. I am hoping the fruit will become valuable for summer drinks and just for the pleasure of novelty in the garden.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. This particular tree is partially overshadowed by our house, and receives morning sun only. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Orange - Cara Cara (Grafted)

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Update: 2860 days 8hrs

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The Cara Cara is a mutation of the Washington Navel, similar to this variety but with deep pink flesh. They are purported to be less acidic than the Washington Navel and to have slight berry or cherry tones, which should be interesting. In South Africa they ripen slightly earlier than the Washington Navel, which would be useful for extending our orange season, but I'm not sure if this will be the case here in Perth.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Mandarin - Nules (Clementine) (Grafted)

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Update: 2860 days 8hrs

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Mandarins are one of my partner's favourites and a great choice for ensuring a supply of fresh fruit in winter. Apparently the clementine is a mandarin hybrid originating from Algeria, although there are various conflicting stories on this one. The clementine is supposed to taste less acidic than a regular mandarin or orange. The Nules is a Spanish variety of clementine and matures early in the Australian mandarin season.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. This particular tree is partially overshadowed by our house, and receives morning sun only. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Grapefruit - Thompson Pink (Grafted)

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Update: 2860 days 8hrs

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This is a sport of the common Marsh grapefruit variety, differentiated from its parent by its pinkish coloured flesh and seedlessness. Apparently the pink colour only develops under ideal growing conditions and I am not sure that it will receive enough heat in our garden. The taste is similar to Marsh.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Orange - Midknight Seedless (Grafted)

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Update: 2860 days 8hrs

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The Midknight Seedless is a variety of valencia orange, which is well known for its high quality juice. The Midknight Seedless ripens slightly earlier than a standard valencia but later than our Washington Navel, which will help to extend the season.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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TRIED BUT DIED

Mandarin - Honey Murcott (Grafted)

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Update: 2469 days 4hrs

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Aug 2012 - No idea why it died considering neighbouring trees are doing just fine. May be due to root competition?

 

The Honey Murcott is technically not a mandarin, but rather a tangor - a mandarin/orange hybrid. The exact parentage is unknown, but it is believed to have originated from a US Department of Agriculture breeding program. These are sweet and juicy fruit, very more-ish! The fruit matures late in the Australian mandarin season.

This tree is part of our citrus hedge - a row of citrus trees planted along a north-west facing boundary fence at 1m spacing. The plan is for the trees to grow into an effective hedge that will be kept pruned to about 2m high. This particular tree is partially overshadowed by our house, and receives morning sun only. We prepared the planting area for the citrus hedge by incorporating "fruit & veg" soil mix into our existing sandy soil. Mushroom compost was worked into the bottom of the planting hole which was then backfilled with more "fruit and veg" mix. The area was lightly mulched with mushroom compost, leaving the area about 8cm around the trunk clear.

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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