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CasONeill1's Edible Backyard

Joined: 12/08/09 Updated: 12/08/09 Frost: None
Location: Melbourne

About My Edible Backyard


Why CasONeill1 Love's Edible Plants

like to try a wide range of things in my Melbourne garden - sub-tropical as well as cooler climate plants. We have been afflicted by drought for years, have less and less rain, with increasingly hot summers - temperatures up to 47C and hot dry winds! We have water restrictions which are about to become more stringent. I have potentially 25,000 litres of tank water - but the tanks are not yet full after the winter. The shower water, washing machine water and kitchen rinse water all go to different parts of the garden via different drip systems, but none of this is enough. Needless to say, I mulch better and deeper each year.

have 5 compost bins on the go all the time (fed partly by plate scrapings from a local cafe) and my chooks and ducks also provide copious mulch from shredded paper, hair sweepings from the hairdresser, autumn leaves, sawdust etc.

I LOVE my garden!

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phil@tyalgum says... [3601 days 10hrs ago]
If you could send me your email address I'll get Jantina to contact you regarding improved quandong varieties. Phil.

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Apricot trees4 - Does anyone know of an apricot variety which is resistant to viral gumosis. I would also like to know of the best variety for low chill conditions. - does Melbourne count as low chill these days?? ..3168 days 23hrs
Good fruiting quandongs - Many thanks once again Jantina - I've just emailed my address. Looking forward to specific instructions for growing the seeds as I've heard that they need to be grown with/on a host - and I'm not sure exactly what that means! Cas ..3592 days 22hrs
Good fruiting quandongs - Thanks Jantina I'd love to try them - how do we organise that? I have a suburban Melb garden but could plant 2-3 together and then select one later ... do you know how long they take to fruit on average? (The website suggested by Speedy - aqia etc -..3598 days 22hrs
Good fruiting quandongs - Many thanks Speedy and Phil (and to Daleys) - this Forum is a wonderful resource!!..3598 days 22hrs
Good fruiting quandongs - Thanks Phil Does anyone know how to contact Jantina?? Cas..3602 days 23hrs
Good fruiting quandongs - Does anyone know where you can get good fruiting quandongs? I read an article some years ago about someone who had selected some good fruiting trees, but can't now find the article...3604 days 5hrs

Black Sapote

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can't remember where I planted this!!


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

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Have only just planted this out - couldn't work out where to plant it and have just decided - north facing mound of mulch! Will report later ...


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Japanese Raisin 9/10

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I'm ashamed to say that it's still in a pot - filling this form out is a good reminder to plant the little dearie!


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Passionfruit - Black 9/10

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Always does well in Melbourne - I'm about to order more!


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Passionfruit - Sunshine Splash 7/10

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Growing well on a north facing wall - although birds and possums seem to like the leaves!!!


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Passionfruit hybrid 4/10

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I planted this in similar position to the Sweet Granadilla but less sheltered as I want it to cover the front fence. Hasn't handled the winter well - lost its leaves and has died back quite a bit, but I think (hope!) that it will re-sprout in spring/summer. I didn't plant this in a large pot (with bottom
cut out) but probably should have.


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Passionfruit - Sweet Granadilla 9/10

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Planted in a warm, sheltered, north facing position and thriving. I cut the bottom out of a large pot and planted it in that so that it got the heat of the pot to start off and can then send its roots into the ground.


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Curry Tree

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Curry tree - I have planted this (well mulched) in the hottest part of the garden (Melbourne) - north facing, VERY hot in summer. It needs quite a bit of water in summer and the first winter it lost all of its leaves. However, this last winter (its 2nd), it has retained its leaves and is even starting to put on new growth now. I was given a 2nd one as a present and have kept this in a pot where it seems happy both in summer and winter in a warm position.


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Blueberry - Sharpblue 7/10

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Panted out in garden over winter - have high hopes!


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Guava - Mexican Cream 7/10

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Planted (in Melbourne) in a sheltered north facing part of the garden - some shade from street trees - I don't think I gave it enough water last summer - will do better this year!


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Passionfruit - Black 7/10

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Thriving although all my passionfruit had a really hard time last summer with temperatures in Melbourne up to 47C and hot dry winds


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Passionfruit - Panama Sweet Gold (G) 3/10

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Not thriving even though on a north facing wall - however, it hasn't died and I'm persevering


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TRIED BUT DIED

Passionfruit - Panama Red 1/10

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I think that the Melbourne climate doesn't suit it - despite being grown on a north facing fence


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