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Audition tapes, wife swapping, and lemon trees

Filming an audition tapeWe played hookie Thursday morning to help our movie star neighbor film an audition tape.  I was a bit daunted by the idea of reading lines with him, but was thrilled once I learned I didn't have to be on camera...and found out that we'd get some of his homegrown honey as payment.  I forgot to mention that the beeswax we used to seal over our oyster mushroom plugs also came from this same neighbor, traded for a dozen eggs.  It sure is fun to barter with like-minded souls!

When the camera stopped running, I drooled over our neighbor's Meyer lemon tree.  I posted a picture of it last year, loaded down with over a hundred fruits, and this year the tree felt like it was twice as big.  I hesitate to call it a "dwarf" anymore, although the lemon isn't tall --- just six feet wide.  "My tree is so big, I can't move it outside any more," our neighbor complained.  "That's part of the reason I want to add a room to the house, to give my lemon space to grow.  I feel like I'm married to a tree," the bachelor finished, in mock despair.

Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree"I can take it off your hands if you want," Mark said, ever helpful.  "I'd trade my wife for two of them."

Okay, so Mark only mentioned the part about two trees when I got indignant at only being worth as much as one lemon plant.  Luckily for us both, our neighbor only had the one tree on hand, so we decided to beef up our own lemon tree's existence instead.  Our neighbor attributes a lot of his success to the huge pot his lemon tree is growing in --- it looks to be about ten gallons in capacity.  We'll have to plan on hunting down a couple of mammoth pots to give our citrus room to grow.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I did not say that!

I offered to trade lemon trees and would never trade a good woman for a fruit tree of any kind!

Comment by mark Fri Feb 26 07:57:24 2010
I miss my meyer lemon more than any of my other citrus (I gave most of them away when I moved to a house with less sun this past year). A family member gave me just one little lemon the other day and I have it tucked into the crisper drawer like gold. I'm trying to think of something particularly yummy to use the juice AND zest on. Good luck with your pot search!
Comment by Eliza Fri Feb 26 08:27:15 2010

Mark --- aw, I was kidding. :-)

Eliza --- I can't imagine life without our Meyer lemon now that we have it. Maybe in a few years, our tangerine will be equally indispensable! Actually, that was one of the reasons we added on the new room --- so we could have a huge, south-facing window to give our citrus room to grow!

Comment by anna Fri Feb 26 09:33:40 2010
I just ordered my first Meyer lemon tree a couple of days ago! Impatiently waiting for it to arrive... Any tips for healthy growth besides a larger sized pot?
Comment by Stacy Fri Feb 26 10:14:08 2010
Use one of those big tubs for mixing cement in. Sizes from 30 L (7 gallons) to 85 L (22 gallons) are available. Most are made from polyethylene, which is a nice and safe material. I could get a 65 L one online for around seven euros.
Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Feb 27 05:46:29 2010

Stacy --- your lemon will like lots of sun, so a sunny window (or, better yet, a grow light over it in the winter.) They're also very hungry, so be sure to feed it regularly. I give mine all of the compost tea from our worm bin, along with top-dressings of compost and stump dirt. The combination seems to keep it happy, but if I forget for a couple of months the leaves start to yellow! Also, don't let the dirt stay soggy. Overall, they're not too hard, and you'll have great fruits in no time!

Roland --- good suggestion! We may keep that in mind for later, but yesterday we picked up two big pots at a nursery. They were discards from trees they'd sold and were about 15 gallons --- should cheer my lemon right up. :-)

Comment by anna Sat Feb 27 08:50:47 2010

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