Last year when I made the initial garden purchases, I came in a little under budget. And right by the register, there was 1 baby Meyer Lemon tree and I just had to take her home. I think it was fate. You see, I had recently discovered The Incredible Meyer Lemon and was quickly tiring of the 30 minute trip to the nearest Whole Foods just to pick up a few (overpriced but beautiful) lemons. I knew next to nothing about growing meyers, but figured the price of the tree was a small price to pay for the opportunity to grow my own lemons. And with that little intro, I'd like you to meet Lucy. Yes, I named my tree. She's special. I'm not insane. No matter what they tell you.
And the blossoms. Oh, the blossoms!! I think heaven must smell like Meyer Lemon Blossoms....
Lucy is a good little tree, despite the fact that I know nothing about how to keep her healthy. She did, however, have a few problems:
But somehow or another healed herself. Those scarred, baby lemons disappeared, as did several other larger lemons. At one point, she had about 24 lemons growing (I hand pollinated) and I think it was too much for her to handle. I never did find any lemons on the ground by the tree, though, so I wonder if some wild animal took a liking to them. Or if the guys who mow our lawn thought they were limes... Ha ha! Joke's on them!
Even though she's small, she provided me with enough lemons to make Meyer Lemon and Cranberry Scones, Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake, Winter Fruit Salad, Meyer Lemon Marmalade, and even Preserved Meyer Lemons (which are sitting pretty in my fridge waiting for me to figure out some way to use them... anyone have any ideas?).
This was our first winter together, and although I tried, I accidentally left her outside a few nights when the temps dropped below 28 degrees. Sorry Lucy!! But, she persevered (she's a strong little tree) and she's still alive and kickin it, although she's looking a little rough. Today, I'm going to give her soil a little boost with some liquid whey (leftover from yogurt making - perhaps I'll post about that sometime soon). I hate throwing the whey out, so I hope the good bacteria will benefit Lucy's soil.
Also on today's agenda: starting seeds for peas, lettuce, bok choi, and carrots. This will be my first attempt at starting seeds indoors. I've purchased this grow light and indoor greenhouse with heat mat and hope to set them up and make them productive today:
I also need to pick up something to start the seeds in. I think I'll give Jiffy peat pellets a shot. Although I've heard good and bad things about them, they seem mess-free and easy to use. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some pictures for you of the entire (and hopefully working) Caffeinated Mom Seed Starting System (R).