Growing your own food at home is a great way to save money and cut down on harmful chemicals in your diet. Keeping an entire garden, however, can be daunting, especially if you’ve never planted anything before.
But as it turns out, you don’t need to have a green thumb to have yummy produce right in your own yard!
Some fruits are surprisingly easy to grow by yourself, especially delicious, citrusy lemons. These versatile fruits can be used in almost anything — both savory and sweet — and with your own lemon tree, you can get that bright, tangy flavor without even leaving the house!
For the best results, you can buy a baby tree that’s already about two or three years old and cultivate it yourself. Choose a planter pot slightly larger than the root ball of your tree, with holes in the bottom for drainage. Then, plant your tree into the pot, adding some stones in the drainage area to improve airflow.
Give the tree 8-10 hours of sunlight per day and water it regularly without overdoing it. In about 6-9 months, your lemons will be ready!
If you’re a little more ambitious, you can also try growing your own lemons from a single seed! This will take longer, but you’ll have the satisfaction of cultivating something yourself from start to finish.
For the seed method, you’ll need an organic lemon, good-quality potting soil, and two pots: a seedling pot 24″ wide and 12″ deep, and a larger pot six inches wide by six inches deep. You’ll also want to find a sunny spot in your home or a grow lamp for plenty of light.
Remove one seed from your lemon and clean off all the pulp. (Make sure the lemon is organic; the seeds of inorganic lemons won’t germinate.) While the seed is still moist, plant it in the center of the pot about half an inch deep.
At this stage, it’s crucial that the plant gets enough light, so continue keeping the soil damp and making sure your plant gets 8 hours of light a day. Also, keep an eye out for pests, and prune away dead leaves as needed.
Once the plant outgrows the seedling pot, carefully transfer it to the second, larger one, repeating the steps you took above. Older plants won’t need quite as much water, but the soil should still be kept damp at all times.
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