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VLR's Edible Backyard

Joined: 27/08/11 Updated: 28/08/11 Frost:
Location: Heathridge

About My Edible Backyard


Why VLR Love's Edible Plants

I love growing edible plants because it's fun, gets me out outdoors and you get a nice reward at the end! My biggest challenge is space as I live on an average suburban sized block. My soil is sandy loam, which doesn't hold moisture too well but on the plus side the shade from some mature trees keeps my garden cool and thriving during Perth's hot summers. We don't get much rain here except during winter so during warm weather I'm out handwatering everything once or twice a week. Luckily I live on a north-facing block so there's plenty of sun (sometimes too much) over most of the garden. Since edible plants can be higher maintenance than other plants, I've been planting out the front yard with natives. See you at the Kings Park native plants sales!

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Melaleuca bracteata - I don't know whether it's worth a try but maybe contact your local council and try to get a free one by explaining what your neighbour did? My council does a free street tree planting program in winter and there are some Melaleuca species on their list...3259 days 8hrs
Peachnectarine tree - I'm just going to let my trees fruit if they start doing so during the winter and see what happens. So far it's just the blueberries and peach that are flowering out of season. Hopefully with the extra cold weather lately the plants will take the hint t..3294 days 17hrs
Peachnectarine tree - I have the same problem with my Tropic Beauty though it's not fruiting yet, BJ. I only planted it last spring and its leaves were burnt from the dog (and perhaps another male of the household?) peeing on it. I thought it was stress (it dropped its leaves..3304 days 21hrs
Hydrochloric acid - I think concrete man is right but it may change the pH of the soil it washes into. Of course with winter rain the effects will be lessened as it'll dilute the acid even more in the soil. I'd probably just do a pH test of the area before planting and cor..3325 days 8hrs
Beginner needs help soil preparation - Speaking of sawdust there are rabbit breeders in Perth willing to give large bags away of used bedding for free so you can have rabbit manure with pine shavings/sawdust if you're able to pick it up yourself. I've done this myself and it breaks down real..3341 days 8hrs

Grapefruit - Flame 9/10

VLR's Edible Fruits
Update: 3241 days 8hrs

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The plant was quick to bear lots of fruit for such a small tree. Easy to look after.

Fruiting Months April, May, June

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 14 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Large green grasshoppers are the only critters I've found eating my tree. Just remove them by hand.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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