© 2014 Lynsey

Garden of earthly delight

We are very happy with our lemon tree – perhaps more accurately, we are very happy with the lemons on our lemon tree. We’ve been in our home for seven years now, and we’re finally being rewarded with a few lemons. Jubilation!

When we arrived the lemon tree was rather subdued in form, and certainly there wasn’t a lemon to be seen. I’ve been feeding the lemon with citrus fertiliser (never felt very confident about the chemical approach), compost, and whenever possible, fish scraps.

There. The truth is out. Lemons are carnivorous in spirit. They like a good dash of blood and bone in their diet, and I don’t mean in that scary powder form. They somehow seem to know that we’re going to use the fruit to add a tang to fish or chicken, and therefore it is only right that the tree should receive its allotted share from the table. The lemon tree wants it fresh, and dripping raw goodness into its greedy feeder roots.

Fair enough, I say.

In an age where we seem to be ever focussed on taking more from the environment than we’re prepared to give back, sharing a little from our table with one of the suppliers seems to restore the balance even if it is just a tiny offering.

It’s a small price to pay if we can have the blessing of fresh home grown lemons into the Winter.

04. Every day is an opportunity to cultivate the promise of the future.
20. Every day say thank you.
29. Every day eat, drink, rest, work, exercise, play, love, create for your own good. And the good of others.

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