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SueBee's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/02/12 Updated: 03/02/17 Frost: Medium
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About My Edible Backyard


Why SueBee Love's Edible Plants

Organic gardening in my burgeoning  food forest is my reward after many hard years of working. Nestled in the lee of an extinct volcano I have fertile loamy soil, an annual rainfall that is reliable plus three water tanks I have added and soon a bore.

Biggest learning curve is bug control , a wet year sees influx of millions of snails and a dry year sees zillions of harlequin bugs infest the entire garden. Being adjancent to farmland means I have no control over breeding areas for these pests .

Two large 100 year old oak trees (Quercus Robur) on the south boundary  give shade and shelter for wood heap, compost bins and chookshed. Apples,pears, almonds and nectarines,loquats are prolific as are apricot and cherries.Peaches both died after a late planting.Lemon tree is doing OK.Raspberries and Pineapple Guava, Goji berries and blueberry all taking shape very quickly. Grapes in pots waiting to grow onto chookyard soon to be built.

Aspect is North & west for most sun. Large neighbouring trees throw a lot of shade from north side so afternoon sun is most reliable from west.Winds come from south west and sheltered by oaks and chookpens.

8x3mt frogpond soon to be installed with a solar pump.They can deal with the snails!

Comments

SueBee says... [804 days 6hrs ago]
Ended up with a divided pond which is wrapped around the gazebo on thhree sides. Had to divide pond as liner was not long enough but worked well as fish and edibles in one and frogs and ornamentals in the other.Snails still a problem after a wet winter,pond very successful and growing edible bacopa,Water parsley and Taro in it as well as ornamentals.Fish love it and frogs sing in their pond too.
alan14 says... [652 days 3hrs ago]
hi sue...are you in tweed heads near Mt Warning. I am interested in that you grow Lapin cherries I thought they where high chill but surely tweed is low chill?
SueBee says... [651 days 2hrs ago]
Hi Alan,No I am in SW Victoria so lots of cool wet weather for cherries.

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Fruit Tree Forum Contributions

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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..288 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..288 days 9hrs
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. ..289 days 4hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in melbourne - Looks like it could be Red Spider Mite damage...they suck goodies from leaves and they turn silvery like that...had them on my Fuchsia under cover on the verandah -same damage. ..308 days 4hrs
Growing avocado in melbourne - Not under a gum tree...the roots will migrate up to the watering of the Avo and take all the nutrients.Gums are fairly allellopathic and don't allow much to grow under them. Eucalypt roots can travel up to 60 metres looking for water and nutrients so be a..310 days 9hrs
Order two compatible male female kiwi fruit - Big Green shed has them in pink and blue pots to differentiate male and female...377 days 8hrs
Need help identifying a tree - Looks like an Ash (Fraxinus Griffithii)to me...but way too close to your foundations - it grows to be a very big tree. ..377 days 8hrs
Table grape issues - This may help.Hope I am wrong. https://doubleavineyards.com/news/2013/11/23/grapevine-red-blotch-disease/ This may be more help in ID https://doubleavineyards.com/news/category/disease-and-pest-management/..379 days 9hrs
Can anyone tell me what tree this - No picture EB12 ? without one we cannot help...390 days 8hrs
Wolf berries - Thank you Fruitylicious, I definitely have Chinense according to your pics. I have a Barbarum struggling too but not doing a lot as it may be too shaded. I will prune it hard this year and see if that makes a difference.My soil is volcanic so I only add ..390 days 9hrs
Fuchsia splendens from the mexican cloud forests - Hi Linton,Glad to see that they finally coming good for you- they probably needed a while to acclimatise. Fuschias need semi shade to filtered shade (under trees is good), they like to face East or South down under, acidic-ish(not alkaline) soil and plent..390 days 9hrs
Queen garnet plum - Blackberries,100,0,0,1.1 Blueberries, 8.5,35.4,67.6,0,20.3,31.5 Currants,62.5,89.6,0,0,1.2,1,3.9 Elderberries,485.3,0,0,1.0,0 Grapes red,1.2,2.3,39,1,3.6,2 Onions,red,raw.3.2,4.3,0,1,2.1,0 Plums, 5.6,0,0,0,1,0 Radish, raw,0,0,0,63.1,0,0, Raspberri..390 days 9hrs
Queen garnet plum - This chart show we should all be growing and eating Elderberries & Currants! Food Anthocyanidins Cyanidin Delphinidin Malvidin Pelargonidin Peonidin Petunidin Blackberries, raw 100 0 0 ..391 days 0hrs
Queen garnet plum - I checked out this study but it does not differentiate between plum types or colours at all. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids Blackberries and blueberries seem to have the best figures but plums ( no type mentione..391 days 7hrs
Queen garnet plum - I am guessing USQ wouldn't do it for you . LOL ..391 days 10hrs

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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 716 days 8hrs

Raspberry - Heritage (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 744 days 7hrs

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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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Update: 747 days 5hrs

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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: 747 days 5hrs

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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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Update: 747 days 5hrs

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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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Update: 747 days 5hrs

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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: 747 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: 774 days 5hrs

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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: 774 days 5hrs

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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: 804 days 6hrs

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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: 804 days 6hrs

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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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