Meet the lemon that took the gardening world by storm—if you plant only one citrus this year, make it this tree
The tree: The variegated pink Eureka lemon is usually sold in a 5-gallon container when it’s 2 to 3 years old.
In the ground, it grows 12 to 15 feet tall. Keep it small enough for a pot by pruning the foliage and roots every four to five years.
The foliage: Apple green leaves have creamy white to pale yellow edges.
Where to grow: Display in a site that gets at least 4 hours of sun a day (8 is better), and is protected from wind and frost.
Which zones: It grows well outdoors in Sunset climate zones 8, 9, 12–24, H1, H2; indoors elsewhere. Find your zone in the Sunset Plant Finder
The pale yellow fruit is streaked with green before fully matured.
The fruit: Green streaked with gold when young, it matures to pale yellow. Pink flesh produces clear juice. Expect a few lemons early on; more when the plant is four to five years old.
How to plant: Choose a pot at least 16 inches in diameter. Fill the bottom inch with fast-draining potting mix, set in the rootball, fill around it with more soil, then water.
‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin.
‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin: Seedless and super-sweet, these easy-to-peel mandarins ripen on the tree from early spring through summer.
Australian finger lime: Its jalapeño-shaped fruit can reach 5 inches long. Inside, “beads” filled with tart juice burst when you bite into them.
Organic Meyer lemon: The favored sweet-tart fruit is now available on an organically grown tree. It starts bearing fruit early on and can produce all year.
So if you have been following this blog, you might remember back to last fall when you got a first glimpse of my potted herb garden. This post is a little upgrade that I made to my herb garden that allows me to get out into the garden early in the season.
In Southern California we are obviously blessed with pretty amazing weather. The problem is that when we have nice warm days in January I want to get outside and get my garden going. What is this thing we call frost? How am I supposed to know when the last frost will be when we have no clearly defined seasons? So in seasons past I have been way to eager and all my little plants die because of frost and I have to end up planting everything again anyways. A perfect example is that I planted my herbs about 2 weeks ago and this morning there was ice on my windshield. I didn’t even know how to get it off, this is Southern California right?
Anyway, I am really glad I made this little greenhouse because not only have my herbs not died a premature death, but they are actually flourishing in their protected new bio-dome.
So the whole idea is pretty simple and you only need a few supplies:
- one bubble umbrella (got mine at target)
- one large pot/planter (mine is a galvanized steel basin)
- potting soil
- herbs (or whatever you like!)
Tips: I recommend trying to find a pot that is very similar in diameter to the umbrella that you have purchased. So umbrella first, pot second.
Step 1: Fill your pot with potting soil and plant your desired seeds or plants. Don’t overcrowd the pot because soon your plants will be filling in just fine. The only important thing to note is to make sure to not plant anything in the direct center of the pot. This is where the pole of the umbrella will go.
Step 2: Using large metal cutters, cut the handle off of the umbrella (and by cut, I mean I had to squeeze multiple times and then bend the handle back and forth). This should leave the pole crushed into a flat shape at the base because it is hollow. Using duct tape, cover this end. This will not only make it safer for handling, but will prevent dirt, water, and bugs from making their way into the umbrella.
Step 3: With the umbrella open, fit over your pot using the pole as a post to anchor the umbrella in place. If you pot is smaller than the umbrella, release the latch and allow the umbrella to “custom fit” your pot. The greenhouse effect still works this way.
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I originally made this greenhouse last year. But thought I’d repost it because spring is right around the corner and this little greenhouse would make the perfect place to start seeds or showcase some spring bulbs that still need a little extra protection from the cold. Plus earth day is coming up and it’s a great reuse project for old CD cases!
- Old CD Cases- it takes 40 to make a greenhouse this size (about 11″x 18″ x 20″) but you’ll also want some extras in case a few break while being cut (I broke 2).
- Plastic Glue- that dries clear.
- Painter’s Tape
- Safety Glasses
- You’ll also need a craft knife, ruler and cutting board, and a large flat surface (that can get a bit of glue on it) for the cases to lay on while drying.
SWEET BASIL DEATIALS
If you are passionate about gardening and have a small space but want to have a greenhouse then this post is for you. With these mini greenhouse ideas, nothing will stop you from growing everything you want during unfavorable conditions. These ideas are more useful for those who are city dwellers and have a limited space garden
Also, these mini greenhouse ideas are economical too.
Before you start working out, calculate well the space you want to allocate for the mini greenhouse. Another very important aspect to be calculated is the purpose of your greenhouse. If you are planning a mini greenhouse for one season, then you should invest in simple and light structure, easy to assemble and dissemble. If, however, your goal is to dedicate each day to the healthy and good garden, you can create a more durable mini greenhouse that is slightly more complex, which allows you to organize plants both in winter and in summer.
Some Ideas for Building a Mini Greenhouse
1. CD Case Greenhouse
Do you love to recycle? Learn how to make this versatile and good looking greenhouse from old CD cases. It is easy to make and you’ll need about 40 CD cases to make a greenhouse illustrated in the picture above.
2. Umbrella Greenhouse
This creative greenhouse is very fun to make. Just follow the simple tutorial to protect your plants from the exploitation of weather and save them from pests and diseases. Learn how to do it.
3. Turn Window into Greenhouse
instead of spending the winter gazing through glass panes at frozen flower beds, transform your window into a mini-greenhouse where herbs, houseplants, and even little pots of grass will thrive. For best results, choose a large inset window that receives lots of light
4. Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
This mini greenhouse is economical and simple to make and the best way to recycle plastic bottles. These micro greenhouses can be made with one or two soda bottles with the labels removed.
5. Pallet Greenhouse
Pallets are really useful recycling material, especially for a gardener. If you own a patio or a rooftop garden, you can try this. This simple greenhouse is adaptable to small spaces and only require pallets