Look! Look!!!! *jumps about happily*
Yes. I am getting ridiculously excited about the tiniest bit of new growth on a plant, but bear with me.
When we moved in here about 15 years ago much of the back garden was a barren wasteland, although the previous owner clearly had delusions of grandeur and had planted a few things on the hill.
When I say planted I really mean ‘hacked out a wedge of clay and inserted a plant’. Over time most of them died leaving only the dent in the hill to show they had ever been there. (Yes, the impressions are still here after all this time. Our hill changes at glacial speed….)
One of the few that still soldiers on was a lemon tree, although calling what it is doing ‘soldiering on’ might be a tad optimistic.
When we arrived here it was about hip height and not the healthiest specimen. Now, all these years later, it is about chest height and not in any better condition. A few weeks ago I resolved to actually care for the poor thing in the hopes of reviving it. After all, what is a food garden without a lemon tree?!
The first thing I did was drag a short, fat fallen branch from the pile of waiting-to-be-cut-up wood to use as a barrier against any more dirt being washed away from around it, and then pinch some soil from another part of the garden to sprinkle it around it.
Over the next few days I made a short wire fence around it to keep Jack away from the chook poo I spread around the base. It has now been pruned and mulched with pea straw to within an inch of its life in the hopes it will retain some kind of damp when the weather warms up.
The kids have also been instructed to relieve themselves on it whenever they feel like it. Number 1 is a little hesitant, the chance a neighbour might look out of the window at the wrong time is too much for him, but Number 2 cares less about what people might think and has taken up the challenge with relish.
Clearly all this attention has had some effect and hopefully this tiny bit of new growth is the start of an abundance of lemons. Well, I’m not holding my breath but I can dream!