Saturday, February 06, 2010
Our Lemons and Other Gardening thoughts
Finally some lemons from our lemon tree on the terrace. These may be ugly looking lemons but they are OUR lemons so we think they are pretty special. We probably have had some earlier lemons ripen while we have been gone, especially during the summer but these are the first we have picked. Don't ask me what kind of lemon it is. I don't know. In fact it is hard to get a lemon tree in San Miguel. And it is hard to get a named variety of most any tree. Oh, the nursery will tell you that it is a certain variety of lemon but you never really know until you get the fruit.
The lime tree continues to keep us supplied with limes even during the winter. We probably couldn't whip up a jug of margaritas with the limes right now but there are enough to tang up a plate of melon or spitz a drink. Both the lime and lemon trees are container grown on the terraces so they get enough sun to make fruit.
Do you know what else I've picked and even used in a salad last night.....cherry tomatoes. I couldn't believe it when I went on the terrace. After all the rain and cold and hail, there were still cherry tomatoes hanging on to the vine. I had enough to top four salad plates. They were delicious and sweet although I thought the skins were a bit tough.
The chard is still growing so I'll harvest some for dinner one night this next week. And I now have a nice bed of chives established so I can snip some when I need them for a recipe. The mint is looking good. The oregano is starting to come out again. The thyme is happy but the basil isn't. It has gone to flower and the leaves are skinny and dry looking. I'll have to pull that up and start some new basil.
Although we have had our fill of cold, it is time to start thinking about Spring. The patio has survived pretty well this winter but it still needs some things moved and some plants replaced. I'll head over to Parque Juarez today to check out the plant vendors who come here from everywhere. I don't know that I'll buy anything because these are not necessarily plants that will be happy in San Miguel. Most of the plants have been forced to adolescence before their time but sometimes I just can't resist.
The sun is out again today. I think by Valentines Day, Spring will officially begin in San Miguel.