January 9, 2016: Winter garden clean up

Winter garden clean up today included cutting down the canna lily stalks, pulling out the marigolds and leftover veggie plants, spreading mulch, and watering the cherry tree and other perennials. This last task was done with the rain water saved up in the barrel, before I finally winterize it by draining it and capping off the downspout. Soon it will be time to say goodbye to this beautiful garden, when I move to West Philly in February!


December 12, 2015: Lemons

When I bought a beautiful lemon tree from Greensgrow over the summer, the fruit had formed, but was hard and green. By the time October came, and it was cold enough outside to damage this heat loving citrus, I brought it in and placed it in a south facing window, lemons still unripe. I read up and learned that they can take up to nine months to ripen, and need of plenty of water to do so. I kept watering and rotating the container, making sure the tree was getting good sun, and two months later, I harvested three lemons. And tonight, I made a quart of lemonade from the half cup of juice they yielded! Refreshing on this 60 degree night.  


December 3, 2015: Front yard, back yard 

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve begun to winterize my garden: uprooting the tomato plants and other annuals and spreading mulch. Michael planted a weeping cherry to replace the fruiting variety that came out over the summer. The marigolds are still blooming though, and the iris blossom in front began opening yesterday!