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Post fruit trees for Bywong
Hello - what fruit trees are people happy with for those who live out near me? I've grown vegies for the first time as an adult this season and now finding it hard to eat the same from the supermarket/market. So despite thinking that fruit trees were too hard, I am now rethinking this. We are in a frost, low water situation with little time for maintenance. not to mention the crappy clay, rocky soil.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:14 am
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Post Re: fruit trees for Bywong
Hello Zaza

We are near Gundaroo and Apricots have given us the best results and Blueberries to pretty good as well.
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:08 pm
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Thanks. I love apricots but on my own with that. My Dad was very good at growing these (adelaide) and can remember many summers of eating hoards of them cold from the fridge at night during the heatwaves. I reckon the family would be more keen on blueberries so will look at that. What do you mean by "tough plants" in your signature?

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Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:39 am
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If plants requiring pampering they won't survive and our place. I don't protect anything from early frosts, and don't like using pesticides. So plants that are regularly attacked aren't grown and many pests are left for birds and predators to deal with. Prefer plants that self seed and not fussed with grafted plants (although must admit to owning a couple). I suppose I'm only after plants suited for the site conditions that are frost and drought resistant.
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Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:28 am
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I love the apricots that you used to get that had flavour, but the supermarket ones now leave me for dead. I have planted an apricot here though as I expect home grown is the way to go.

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Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:01 am
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Post Re: fruit trees for Bywong
Hi zaza

We have found that stone fruit works well out this way.

We have a small fruit forest as we call it. I've listed what we have.

Olives - slow to get started but going well now
Plums - growing well, hope to get fruit next season.
Apricots - good grower, does well.
Cherry - good crops if you beat the parrots to the fruit.
Peach - Had trouble with leaf curl but solving that problem otherwise a good grower and fruiter.
Mandarin - doing very well
Orange - slow but getting there.
Lemon - very slow, must investigate.
Figs - good crops but once again you have to beat the birds.
Lime - excellent crops
Fruit Salad Trees - growing well in pots
Dwarf Apples & Pears - growing well in pots with good crops.

For our ground based trees we dug very large deep holes and filled them up with good quality top soil and manure before planting and to give the roots a good start. This was the secret I think.

We also use watering spikes and 2lt coke bottles to give them a bit extra to get through the really hot days.

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Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:34 pm
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That's awesome Ric. Could you share with me how you dig very large deep holes?

BTW, I have a friend near Sutton who has leaf curl problems on his peaches regularly and he is starting to regret ever planting them. So you are doing really well.

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Hi zaza

The holes were all dug by hand, allthough in hindsight it would have been quicker hiring something like a post hole digger. :lol:

The leaf curl only really started about two seasons ago when we had a wet spring and then a wet summer. I've been picking off the leaves as a preventative measure and using a copper based spray to prevent the fungi from returning.

Hopefully next season will be a bit more dryer and warmer and I can solve that problem.

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