I love Pinterest. It’s my new cookbook, wish book, look book, inspiration board and personal stylist. I create weekly menus and meals from just that site. I take it shopping with me. I show my posts to salespeople so they know exactly what I’m looking for. And I love sharing the beautiful things I find.
This past week, I planted my own lemon trees from seed. Earlier this spring when I was moving my life all around I had to part with both my lemon and orange trees. I had them for several years. Summers when it was warm enough to take them outside I could almost watch them grow as I enjoyed a cold beer on the porch. Winters in Montana forced me move them inside. I had to buy a grow lamp to keep them alive. They love the sun. Then I almost lost them to mites. Their sweet demeanor and glossy leaves attracted a kind of mite that thrived in a sticky web, slowly killing the tree. Watching all the leaves fall from my beloved trees was a little heartbreaking. So, then I discovered Neem oil to coat the leaves to kill the mites. Once I finally figured out this seasonal cycle, I had to sadly part from them. Now settled and ready to homestead my little heart out, I am starting over with citrus trees. From seed. © 2013 Homesteadchronicles.com used with permission.
My brief summer season in California had me excited to plant these trees right in the ground, but then love swept me away to the great Midwest of America. This time I’m starting my seeds in Saint Paul. And I am prepared.
Interestingly, lemon trees don’t like terracotta. I learned this from the link on Pinterest that I followed for advice as I started this adventure: http://homesteadchronicles.com/blog/start-your-own-lemon-trees-from-seeds/
I didn’t leave my seeds in the dark, but in a sunny, south-facing spot in the house. After several days of having the seeds in the plastic bag with the damp paper towel, I was able to easily peel off the outer part of the shell to expose the inner seed. A few days later, the first sprouts appeared. I just planted my three seeds in a plastic 32-ounce yogurt container. I’ll be buying a grow light this week, and my Neem oil is ready for the young leaves of my first lemon tree. I’m hoping to have a jungle of exotic trees.
Also, on the window sill in the kitchen I’m waiting patiently for my avocado pit to crack into a tree. Oh, and there is an orange and lime in the fruit bowl . . . .