2016 Garden

2016 will mark my first serious foray into growing produce and I am very excited about it. I want to learn the best ways to grow the best fruits and vegetables for my family.

MEYER LEMON TREE My daughter, Allison, and her boyfriend, Dylan, bought me a beautiful Meyer Lemon Tree for Mother's Day. It arrived with three teeny tiny fruits on it, they lasted a few weeks till the all fell off. Once the temperature was consistently above 60 degrees both day and night I moved the tree to the deck outside the kitchen.  I was pleased to notice several weeks later that more lemon blossoms began to appear. They resulted into 3 beautiful lemons. Every morning we would come down to the kitchen and check their progress.

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES - amazing vegetable that is perfect additive to potato dishes. They produce beautiful large yellow blooms and grow to over 20 feet in height and I will grow them again next year!

POTATOES - I grew them in home-made grow bags from store bought potatoes that had gone to seed. I add dirt each time the greenery emerges more than a few inches. Was a LOT of fun harvesting them - and so neat and easy! All I had to do was push over the container and dump them onto a tarp.  Again, definitely adding this to my list for 2017.

GRAPES - I bought a twin pack of two different varieties of grapes from Home Depot. I planted them in a large pot and although one of the plants unexpectedly died, the other thrived and beautiful healthy grapevines crept up around the side of the house. I look forward to them growing and perhaps producing grapes next year.