I live in one of those neighborhoods where the houses are close together and the yards are small. I was worried I wouldn’t have room for a garden, but I found a yard that’s on a curve (so the backyard is a bit bigger) with an empty field behind it. Also, I have a row of stones, boulders really, between my backyard and the adjacent field. It is cozy and just right for my garden.
Basically, I don’t have too much grass to mow, and I have my own little wooded garden area to play in.
The vegetable garden is looking a bit scraggy, but I guess that’s what happens when you hang out in your hammock too much. I’m still getting peppers at least.
And of course, I get lots of visitors.
Hawks (Couldn’t get too close)
Frogs (hiding from the hawks)
Lizards (Guarding my door)
Stowaway in my Coleus (Hiding from the Lizard)
And the best visitors this time of year are the juicy oranges just ready to pick.
I’ve been practicing my ostrich impression for the last week or so — burying my head in the sand to avoid writing and other people. It’s not that I’m unsociable, it’s more like I needed time to recharge.
I don’t really get extroverts. Supposedly they feel recharged when interacting with people. How is that even possible? Wait a minute! So that’s where all my energy goes when I’m around other people. It’s you extroverts that are sucking it all away. So that means that introverts are actually powering the world of human endeavor. We go off on our own, recharge our energy, and then run across an extrovert that takes it all away. Where would the extroverts be without us? I feel a story coming on.
Anyway, It’s been really nice here in Charlotte for the past week — good weather to recharge. Also, the kind of weather that gets me thinking about springtime and the garden.
I mowed the lawn for the first time, and put out the citrus trees:
Went hiking on a greenway and saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after they filled up on pizza:
And hung out in the yard:
Marvelling over the daffodils:
And the first stalk of asparagus of the season:
Wow, I feel refreshed. Maybe it’s time to peek my head back out of the sand and see what’s been going on. Anyone want to buy a book?
I’m up to 4 citrus trees now. Below you can see the Meyers Lemon is having a bumper year, but the lime tree in the background didn’t do much. Of course, the lime tree lost its leaves over the winter, so I’m happy that it recovered. Also, it’s growing season seems a bit off. It is starting to produce flowers now.
The Meyers Lemon tree is drooping with fruit this year.
My orange tree produced more than last year. I’m not sure if this is its normal or if it will continue to increase yield each year. Also, I picked up the mystery citrus tree on the left for $2 from a nursery this past spring. It had been sitting on their yard since the previous year, and they didn’t know what it was. Neither do I. Maybe it’ll produce something next year.
Oranges coming soon!
I purchased an orange tree, lemon tree, and lime tree about two years ago. They are miniature trees and I grow them in pots and put them in the garage for the winter. The lemon and lime trees both produced fruit the second year, but the orange tree was a bit different. The first year, all the leaves fell off of it and I thought it might be dead. I did some checking and figured out my pot didn’t drain and the tree’s root were water bound. I pulled the leave-less tree out of the pot and drilled my drain holes bigger. In year two, the leaves came back but the tree did not produce.
This year I have lemons, limes, and oranges. I’m excited about the oranges and tried one today. It was better than what we can find in the local market. The lemon and lime crop was better this year than last, and I’m hoping the oranges follow suit next year. This year it produced seven oranges, so here’s hoping for more in the coming years.
After I figured out what I was doing, growing citrus was not too hard. Water everyday in the summer months and fertilize every other month. In the winter (in the garage) I water about once a week. I also cut them back in the winter to prepare for the next year’s growth.