Growing up, we had a lemon tree in our backyard in California. I loved to be able to go outside and just pick lemons whenever we needed them. As an adult, I must admit that of all the different kinds of citrus trees – lemon are my favorite. Our first home in Phoenix came with two mature citrus trees in the back garden….grapefruit and orange, but sadly no lemon trees. We did plant one, but moved a year later and so did not get to enjoy any lemons.
Cannot wait for fresh lemonade
We have lived in our current home for over 10 years and we have no fruit trees growing in the garden (I may be changing that soon). We have been blessed by the residents of Double S Farms (my mother, my sister and her family) who have many different types of fruit trees and they share their bountiful harvests with us. The best part is that they have a large lemon tree and I get to use all the lemons that I need.
Right now, the lemon tree is covered in green fruit that will soon ripen. Can you see the lemons?
For healthy citrus trees and delicious fruit, a regular fertilization program is needed. They need to be fertilized three times a year….Feb/Mar, May and Aug/Sept. You can use either a regular citrus fertilizer or you can go the organic route and use an organic citrus fertilizer.
If you have not already fertilized your citrus trees, now is the time. You can read more about citrus and their needs in my post from last September if you like.
Soon these green lemons will turn yellow and then it will be time to pick them…..
One of my favorite things to do with lemons is to juice them and freeze the juice for later use throughout the year. Right now, my frozen lemon juice is running pretty low. I cannot wait for new lemons and my kids cannot wait for fresh lemonade 🙂
I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.
I am getting ready to seed my vegetable garden today 🙂Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."