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SueBee's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/02/12 Updated: 03/02/17 Frost:
Location: Glenormiston South


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Loquat advice for a blackthumb - I would put it straight in the ground and just watch it take off in Cairns. They can grow very big so judicious pruning either to keep pickable / shrubby or as a tall shade tree by lopping lower branches off.No matter whiich there will be more pruning lat..55 days 3hrs
Loquat advice for a blackthumb - I have two large loquats that do not require watering and lots of seedlings in pots that do.I doubt the brittle nature of branches will allow you to espalier them though.Once in the ground it will grow very fast -they tend to sit in pots but grow away in ..57 days 7hrs
Aristotelia chilensismaqui berry - I am on the lookout for a second Maqui as my first has done little since I planted it in 2016.I am sure it needs a 'friend'. It is now about 1 mt high and wide but doing nothing but grow slowly. Maybe a better site in more sun needed? It is in partial sha..586 days 9hrs
Maqui berry - Does anyone know where Maqui is available in 2018 in Australia...by mail order or Bunnies? I am in country Victoria. Thanks..586 days 10hrs
Pear tree with thorns - Probably an ornamental Pear by the sound of it. My Manchurian Pear has done the same thing..straight tall 4 metres in less than 2 years ,big thorns.I am going to cut it down low this winter and dig it up for a Bonsai. ..587 days 5hrs

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Group order myrica rubra chinese yumberry - I grow seedling yangmei plants and find that fertiliser in any amount kills them. As an added measure I installed a chlorine filter in the irrigation. Others who grow them have noted that putting leaf litter around under the trees enhances the mycorrhyza ..Liked Answer 1014 days 9hrs

Raspberry - Heritage (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 1042 days 8hrs

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Prolific fruiting and easy propagation for increasing supply of plants.

Fruiting Months January and December

Planted: 2013

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 40

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 90% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Worm tea and compost

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None though I do have a problem with Harlequin bugs eating the fruit at harvest.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon - Lisbon (Grafted) 10/10

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Almost Everbearing.  Seems to always have some lemons on the way and ripening except for a month or two a year. Kept pruned low to ensure easy picking, open vase shaped centre. Planted in middle of vegie bed to ensure good watering and no weed competition.Ocassionally grow lettuce and radish underneath to keep soil loose. lemon balm close by seems to help with  bug prevention.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2010

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 10% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost and composted manures

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none so far lucky to have little problems.

Organic Status:Organic


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Elderberry 8/10

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Update: 1045 days 6hrs

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Fast growing, nice bushy shrub easily pruned to shape and size.propagates from cuttings so easy to increase quantity for hedging. Both fruit and flowers can be used both medicinally and as pantry stores- eg jellies, syrups etc.

Fruiting Months January and February

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 20% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none.Birds like the friut.

Organic Status:Organic


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Grape - Menindee Seedless (Grafted) 9/10

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Prolific bearing, good coverage over arch in 2 years.Easy to prune back in winter.Lovely sweet grapes. Birds and possums a problem.

Fruiting Months February and March

Planted: 2014

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 50% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Composted manures.

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none though caterpillars can be a problem , so far not too bad.Pick off when I see them.

Organic Status:Organic


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Peach -Golden Queen (Grafted) 9/10

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Prolific bearer after only two years in ground. Grows large if not kept pruned.Good bottling peach.

Fruiting Months February, March, April

Planted: 2014

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 20% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

Pheromone strips to deter moths hung in nearby apple trees.Chooks run under tree to deter bugs. Curly leaf a problem, sprayed with  Copper Fungicide each year  before budburst.

Organic Status:Organic


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Cherry ,Sir Don (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 1045 days 6hrs

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 Good  bearer with nice upright growth.Needs to be kept in check or can grow too tall. Natural vase shaped tree.Cherries are firm dark and sweet. Bearing just beginning so no details on quantity as yet. Birds a problem so needs netting a from late Spring onwards until harvest. Pear & Cherry slug can decimate leaves so soapy spray fortnightly  is best.

Fruiting Months November and December

Planted: 2015

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 10% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost and chook manure

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

pear & Cherry Slug are a problem. Spray fortnightly with soapy water with a little olive oil included.

Organic Status:Organic


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Red Currant (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 1072 days 6hrs

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fast to fruit, this is first year fruiting just about to ripen.

A few weeks later not a currant to be seen as I had a visit by a lot of flying foxes after my loquats but they also found the currants.GRRRR


Fruiting Months January and December

Planted: 2015

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 10% in Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: worm tea and home made liquid fertiliser

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Snail control (pellets)

Organic Status:Organic


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Cherry - Lapins (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 1072 days 6hrs

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Good bearing and controllable to netting height. Birds,possums and flying foxes all try and beat me to them though. I have also planted a Sir Don Cherry, A dark sour cherry and a Stella for cross pollination and longer harvest time. I preserve by drying,plus in brandy and make jams and chutneys with my cherries.

Fruiting Months November and December

Planted: 2013

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 25% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Worm tea

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

I use soapy water regularly to control Pear & Cherry Slug.

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

How low can I keep them pruned?


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Hazelnuts - Halls Giant 5/10

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Update: 1102 days 7hrs

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Have three planted of differing varieties and have moved two to a better site (less wind). They seem to be happier now and growing well. I will move the Cosford next winter to the same area. I did originally plant them as a hedge but the wind burned them in summer and they just sat there suffering.No nuts as yet.

Planted: 2014

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Cosford

Pest Control:

None

Question:

How long before I can harvest nuts?


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Nashi Pear - Shinseiki 9/10

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Update: 1102 days 7hrs

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Amazingly fast growing and prolific bearing after just two year in ground.More than I can eat plus neighbours.Birds a problem if they find first.

Fruiting Months March, April, May

Planted: 2014

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 30 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: none

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

Hang Pheromone strips in trees from winter to deter Codling Moth.

Organic Status:Organic


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