Grow your own Lemons

Lemons are the most common of all the Citrus for the home garden. Lemons have both fragrant foliage and flowers, hence they add a lot more to the garden that just fruit.

Lemons Varieties:

A huge variety of Lemons are available:
Lemon Meyer – is the hardiest and easiest to grow.
Lemonade – has a sweeter taste and needs protection from frosts
Yen Ben – Lisbon type of lemon, smaller in growth. Very juicy variety
Genoa – small tree that well suited to home gardens. Produces a heavy summer crop.

Lemon Growing Guide

Fertilise twice a year with a Citrus plant food, once in July/August as the sap starts to move again and then again the summer December/January. Poultry manure is excellent for Citrus. Water plants well before and after applying fertiliser. Look for specific Citrus fertiliser, with a good level of Nitrogen for leaf growth and potassium for fruit. Scatter the fertiliser around the “drip line” edge of foliage, keeping it well away from the trunk of the tree, and water it thoroughly into the soil. Prune young trees when they are young to create a good shape. Once the plant is mature prune to shape and remove any old and damaged branches. Remove the majority of flowers when lemons trees are young, this encourages the plant to put on more vegetative growth, and your plant will establish itself much quicker. Lemons have very shallow root systems. Do not dig or cultivate around the soil under your Citrus. Regular watering is most important during February and March if trees are to produce good crops later.

Harvest:

Harvest once lemons turn yellow, they do not tend to ripen that well if picked when they are green. Once picked store in a cool, dark and most importantly dry place. Any moisture will cause the fruit to spoil.

How to use:

Use in jams, marmalades, pies, puddings, drink and liquors. Lemon cello liquor is a firm favorite with many.

Lemon Recipe

Lemon cello – Vogan style:

Ingredient

  • 3 large jars or attractive bottles that you can fit sliced lemons in easily – preserving jars are fine
  • 2 bottles of vodka – cheap and cheerful works fine
  • Lemons – enough to fill the 3 jars.
  • Sugar – 1-2 cups
  • Patience – amount depends on the type of individual you are

Instruction

  • Simply wash and finely slice the lemons and pack into the jars.
  • Fill each jar with vodka and add approx ½ – ¾ of sugar to each jar.
  • Seal and shake well to blend sugar through the vodka and lemons.
  • Store in a dark cupboard and shake every 2-3 days for the first month.
  • After this simply leave for another 2 months. This is where patience is required.

Grow your own Organic Fruit and Vegetables

During World War II the government of the day organised a “Dig for Victory” campaign to encourage as many householders as possible to grow their own produce for the table. Food was short so people rose to the challenge. They grew many of the vegetables and fruit the family ate in the year, in their own back gardens. The more enterprising kept a few chickens and even a pig, using up kitchen leftovers. The campaign was one of the most successful of the war on the home front. All this was done without the benefit of bags of artificial fertiliser, spray chemicals, additives and drugs. The campaign kept everyone fed and there was a major bonus. The nation was eating healthily and personal health during the war years was surprisingly high, in spite of food shortages. So why are we buying all our food today when we really can’t be certain how it was produced and where it came from? It’s easy to grow some of it at home.

The Benefits of Home Grown Vegetables

In the Trial Kitchen Garden, every effort will be made to ensure we produce healthy crops. This is more likely to be achieved through careful planning using crop rotation, good cultivation methods, diversity and integration of vegetables, herbs and flowers and natural control of pests and diseases. The best of our crops will be incorporated into our clients’ kitchen garden designs having first discussed priorities and preferences, and having assessed what is possible to grow in each unique garden environment.

We will be growing a wide range of species and varieties, carefully selected for a number of properties:

Taste

The freshness and taste of freshly picked vegetables straight from your garden is an entirely different experience from that available in the shops. Homegrown vegetables not only deliver a better taste and greater vitality but also reconnect us with seasonal eating. At the The Trial Kitchen Garden, we have selected many varieties for their distinctive flavour.

Nutrition

Many of the varieties grown will be selected for their particular nutritional properties. Certain vegetables are known for their rich mineral content, others for their antioxidants. Growing nutritious food requires a better understanding of soil ecology and whilst organic methods will be adopted at all times, one of the aims for the trial site is to compare how subtle differences in those methods may lead to nutritional variations within crops.

Aesthetics

Home grown vegetables are not just about healthy food. They can also deliver a beautifully vibrant ornamental appeal. They can look wonderful in a border amongst shrubs and flowers and provide a magnet for the beneficial wildlife. Many of the vegetable and herb varieties on offer in The Trial Garden will be chosen for their particular blooms. What is on offer in our supermarkets is often limited. We choose varieties for their more unusual and fun appearance that will not only enhance the look of the garden but also appeal to the kids, such as yellow courgettes and climbing mini pumpkins.

Quick returns

You may want a succession of salad leaves throughout much of the year – we can furnish your kitchen garden with a wide variety of salad crops that can be ready for the plate in as little as 5 weeks, with lots of pickings from one plant. Under the right conditions, salad crops are easily grown and provide enormous savings on the limited salad bags available in the shops.

Old Varieties

We will be including many older and more unusual varieties, vegetables and salads that are difficult to access in the shops. We will also be growing some ‘heirloom’ varieties that are no longer available for sale. Due to EU regulations since the 1970s, Britain’s traditional vegetable varieties have been severely threatened and many have been lost. We are a member of HDRA and support the valuable work of the Heritage Seed Library (HSL) in conserving traditional varieties will be growing a selection of rare seed for the library each year (Heritage Seed Library).

Our aim

Whether your garden is large or small, whether you wish to grow food in pots, planters, in your own kitchen garden or ornamental borders – we aim to provide a wide variety of vegetables to suit every taste. We will grow what you want to eat.