Do you have a lemon tree growing in your backyard or front yard? I often wonder why people don’t plant a lemon tree in the garden. We bought our home just over three years ago and there was not a citrus tree in sight! The couple who built the house lived in it for around 20 years, but they never planted a lemon tree. At our previous house we planted citrus trees including a lemon tree. The family who bought the house are now enjoying picking lemons, just because we planted a lemon tree.
I like walking into the backyard and taking a couple of lemons off our tree where we now live. We planted the Meyer lemon. It is a more rounded fruit and a prolific grower. Even though our lemon tree has not flourished as much as I would have liked I am sure it will mature in another twelve months’ time. I will have to feed it with soil from our chicken run, that will surely give it a boost.
We planted five citrus trees, all the dwarf variety. We have four growing down the side of your house and one the other side in the middle of a flower garden. If you don’t have much room at your place or are renting, then you can have a fruit tree in a pot. When you move you can then take it with you. Having lemons handy is great as there are so many uses for the humble lemon. Here are a few ideas:
- Lemons can be juiced and frozen in ice cube trays.
- Lemon juice and warm water every morning will give us a good source of vitamin C. It will also help maintain the pH balance in the body. In that case, this is something I should do more of.
- Lemon juice in a Bloody Mary drink gives the drink great balance. I like to squeeze in a quarter of a lemon and then just pop it in the glass. As a Bloody Mary has tomato juice it has to be healthy for me as it has heaps of vitamins. Just to keep healthy I will have to have a Bloody Mary tonight!
- Then what about lemon butter? It has lots of sugar and the main reason I don’t make it. But surely a small amount at a time would not be too bad for me? Here is a recipe for lemon butter that I must try.
- Lemons can also be preserved or bottled.
So many options and all because someone thought of planting a lemon tree!