Last year’s harvest of our lemon tree resulted in two and a half gallons of lemon juice in our freezer. We use it in daily cooking, desserts and in beverages. It is now August, and there is still about a gallon left of the sweet-tart juice.
We did not end up planting our spring garden right away in February, as we thought we might not be staying in this area too much longer. I stopped making compost, because I didn’t want to leave the chore of turning to it to my parents.
The lemon tree started budding again in late February, which suprised me. We should have pruned it back in early February, but we didn’t. Soon it was covered in these pretty blossoms and shiny, green leaves. Having only a handful of days where the temperature dropped below freezing for a few hours, the tree just kept growing through winter into spring.
In April we decided to plant tomatoes and peppers. I had been itching all winter to plant this garden, and had not. We were waiting to see if we were moving north, to a cooler climate and later planting times. I also didn’t want to move a flat of tender, growing plants across the country. However, by April I couldn’t wait any longer, and figured I could make room for about 24 pots of seedlings, somewhere.
We also seeded lettuce in April. I figured my parents would enjoy them if we weren’t here, and we did have the extra compost left over winter.
Our pots of lettuce from last fall finally went to seed. Local wild birds ended up using the dried husks as building materials for nests in our storage area. The dirt from the pots was recycled and compost started again.
By May, the tomatoes and peppers were starting to get too big for their pots. They would have to be transplanted soon, or risk getting root bound.
Green onions, planted in April ,grow like grass through May and June.
Over the next two months, these plants did nothing but grow upwards. They were covered in blooms by mid June.
June temperatures, along with my greedy hens, eventually killed back the spring lettuce.
However, not before we saw many tasty leaves for ourselves. The three pots kept us in greens for 3 months.
Herbs seeded in April grew slowly in the Frankenstein planter. April showers washed them out, and May heat with sunny skies cooked them in thier pots. By May’s end they were moved to a shadier spot on the patio, to ride out the coming blazing temperatures that June brought.
Spring ushered in the perfect recipie for high heat and humidity for summer, with heavy rains interspersed between frequent sunny skies. Temperatures saw days in the high 80s to 95°F range. With heat index temps over 100°F for most of June, because of the high humidity. We have been fortunate that we have had very little troubles with fungus or pests. Pruning of the tomatoes, the pots draining well, and my hens keeping some of the larger pests, like caterpillars and beetles, at bay.
We decided to remain where we are planted, again. No breaking orbit, at least not from the gulf area. So, we gave some thought to the fall garden, and what we would like to enjoy in the fall and winter months.