Six months on and time for an update.
I put in the following bush tucker plants:
Small leaved tamarind
2 x midgenberry
2 x finger limes
I planted all these in the semi-shade and all are doing well and obviously are much better adapted to the local environment then the exotic species. The exception are the midgenberries which were eaten down to the ground by wallabies, though they are making a slow comeback.
Iíve never even tasted any of this bush tucker but I figure even if itís not very nice it will be good for novelty value, and they are actually very attractive small trees in the main.
Plus I finally tracked down babaco, after keeping a watch on eBay and gumtree and the local nurseries. Itís doing well in the semi shade.
And I planted a sunshine solo papaya, which is apparently a papaya that has mini fruits - sort of snack size for one person.
Plus now that some of the plants have been in for 18 months itís time to review what does or doesnít grow. The blueberries have to go - they are surviving but only just and will always be too much work. I pulled out the feijoas because Iím pretty convinced they will grow ok but not fruit (shame, cos I really love the fruit). The lychee and the grumichama are surviving but just not growing - I think they can go too. That leaves some pretty big holes. Any suggestions on what to put in their place? they are mostly on a hot dry hillside in light shade?
Has anyone tried growing figs, olives or pomegranates in light shade locations ? Love to hear your experiences
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