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Jimmy2's Edible Backyard

Joined: 30/09/11 Updated: 08/06/17 Frost: None
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About My Edible Backyard


Why Jimmy2 Love's Edible Plants

 I visited a relative in bundaberg as a child. they had a fruit orchid with lychees, mangoes and starfruit. I was hooked on tropical fruit! i now live on a 20 ha rural property mainly consisting of sub tropical rainforest. the soil type is clay so all planting have been mounded. the property was a bannana farm until the late eighties and the removal of all top soil is still evident in places. hovever, there are places where the soil is deep and rich. I face a few challenges here in the form of soil quality, drainage, pests (insects, birds, fruit bats, possums, bush turkeys and wallabies) At least we dont get frosts up in the hills!  i find it interesting learning about differnt plants and nutrients  and it will all be worth it to eat my own fruit, hopefully :)


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Olive - Frantoio 9/10

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Update: 595 days 23hrs

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Nectarine - Sunraycer (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 595 days 24hrs

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great tree. got about 8 large fruit last year. had problems with fruit fly in garden  last year but these didnt.  very sweet fruit. hardy tree,requires little care in my exp. one thing is they must be pruned to establish a good structure. they are quick growing and will establish many thick leading branches in growth spurts. this will create a poor structure and large wounds when the lazy gardener gets around to trying to correct the trees growth. even though peaches and nectarine trees need pruning for fruit, you must establish an even frame  such as goblet, or central leader type.

Planted: 2012

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Avocado - Hass (A) (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 600 days 4hrs

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this one i grafted myself with stock from a brought avo and scion from a purchased hass avo tree from daleys. it has had awesome site prep, tons of compost, a sturdy shelter and regular watering. the results show as it has overtaken the tree i took the scion from. it flowered after 2 yrs from graft. this year it has about half a doz avos  that have been pollinated (only 1 tree). it is late spring now and it has grown a foot in the last 3 weeks.  

Fruiting Months October and November

Planted: 2013

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: bees

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring


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Carambola - Kary Seedling (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 600 days 4hrs

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stopped growing over winter, lost some leaves.  i read they stop growing when temps below 20. now, late spring, lots of new growth.

2016. quite tall and spindly. prune tops to encorage branching as it is a seedling.  no flowers yet. little care given.

Planted: 2012

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

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Mandarin - Fremont 5/10

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Update: 600 days 4hrs

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growing steadily. the plant had small fruit when purchased. removed fruit to concentrate on growing

2016 very impressive tree. quite small still but heavy producer. this years fruit larger and sweeter. the trick is to leave fruit to fully mature on tree for maximum sweetness.  had trouble this year with pink scale and black sooty mound  but it was a wet spring treating with eco oil.  

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 9 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 15% in

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

eco oil

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Carambola - Kembangan (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 600 days 4hrs

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they dont like cold. but our lowest temp was about 4 deg c this winter and they survived. one lost nearly all its leaves but has lots of new growth in spring.2016 very heavy crops the last 2 yrs. they seem to flower in winter and then loose them but plenty of fruit summer/autumn. never had trouble with fruit fly until this season had the entire crop infested and lost.

Planted: 2012

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Spring

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Mulberry - White Shahtoot (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 600 days 4hrs

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in good conditions this is a very large tree. even with heavy pruning the mulberries are beyond reach. fruit is very nice but kind of one dimensional kind of like sugar. whereas a black mulberry has depth of flavour. the problem with such a large tree is there is no way to stop birds as you cannot net the tree. the trees  on the edge of rainforrest so it is basically impossible to get the fruit before the birds.

Fruiting Months September, October, November, December

Planted: 2011

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer and Winter

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

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Tamarillo - Red 8/10

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Update: 600 days 4hrs

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a bit slow to start when young in cool weather but unstoppable after that. a great low maintenance tree. planted in heavy clay soil, never watered or fertilised. seems to always have a few new flowers. 2 red and 2 orange planted 5 yrs ago. both oranges have died but 5yrs is long for tamas. all trees produced kgs of fruit with little pest probs. requires staking, quite heavy cropping.

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2011

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 9 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer and Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

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Avocado - Hass (A) (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 600 days 5hrs

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growing slowly but steadily. they seem to grow in spurts.

2016 1 avo the size of a golf ball last season but no flowers this year even though other hass avo is flowering.  plant looks a little sick.  i have come to realise planting avocado trees is like getting a pet... a committment. the vids on daleys are right. they must have a large mound if you have poor soil, they must have a frame and shadecloth around them when young (hessian is good until it rots. to last, you should use star pickets and shade cloth  this will cost about as much as the plant.)  and they must be watered often. say twice a week min every second day in the heat of summer. if you cannot provide this dont bother, there are lots of easier plants to grow.

Planted: 2011

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Macadamia - A38 (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 600 days 5hrs

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established well  only a few months old, new growth late spring. this type seems quite tall and spindly

2016 1 flower on each tree. trees began growing tall and spindly but are now beginning to branch more from lower areas

Planted: 2012

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Question:

when the trees are young, it seems the first flower stems typically appear on or near the central /main branch


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Macadamia 741 (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 600 days 5hrs

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quite happy with this type   didnt grow much in cooler months but both are going well early summer

2016 second year of flowering. harvested 8 nuts 1st year, this year both trees have a few dozen pollinated nuts.  a nice strong structure to the tree. only pest is thin film which develops over leaves which causes that spot to die. only a few leaves are affected so i never bothered with sprays. little care needed very happy

Planted: 2011

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring


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Dwarf Mulberry - Red Shahtoot (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 600 days 5hrs

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quite slow growing compared to the white as it is a dwarf. seems to be getting thicker instead of taller. got a couple of fruit  very tasty

2016only 1.5m tall but just as wide. great tasting fruit. a dwarf is a good size to net if you have bird problems in your area. the thing about mulberries is they must be left on tree to ripen but only a couple ripen each day and the birds are up early. if your tying nets over trees and have to remove them each day for 1 or 2 it gets tiresome. but in areas with low fruit eating bird populations, a hardy small tree.


Fruiting Months September, October, November

Planted: 2011

Height 1500 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer, Autumn, Spring

Pruned By: 10% in After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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

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Update: 600 days 5hrs

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would love some avos, so i bought a couple of hass and a secendo.  planted march, established but all slowed nearly to a stop over winter. beginning of spring, secendo flowered and is  now flushed with new growth. hass buds beginning to bloom mid spring.

Planted: 2011

Height 500 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Question:

I have used no pest control. noticed stems and trunks of hass avos with brown blotches, any ideas?  Also new growth on secondo is being eaten by small, long, green insects similar to a praying mantis. Pyrethrum spray says do not use on new growth and i would like a safer option. would a garlic or white oil spray be ok on a secendo? 


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Chestnut - seedling (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 600 days 6hrs

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had a few leaves when purchased, both lost all over winter decid- i guess. lots of new growth late spring.  in a tough spot not much care  didnt like summer. rip

Planted: 2011

Height 500 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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TRIED BUT DIED

Lemon - Eureka (Grafted) 5/10

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Update: 600 days 6hrs

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got to about 2 mtrs then died suddenly. most likely lack of care.

Planted: 2011

Height 600 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Question:

died suddenly.


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