No, despite the lack of anything resembling a social life these days, I haven’t yet resorted to that. I’m still perhaps the squarest guy on the planet, and admittedly, thought someone was talking about cash when he offered to trade “Some green,” for tee shirts back in the comic book days. (True story.) Instead…
Welcome to the newest member of the arboreal family, an as-yet unnamed Key Lime tree that, according to multiple YouTube garden experts with a following, should actually fruit in a couple of years. Which, unlike other fruiting trees that would probably drive me crazy (I do not need a front yard full of rotting mangos or oranges), we’d be able to take advantage of.
Not that lime juice is terribly expensive, but…if I get this thing in shape and it starts fruiting the way other gardeners have shown with minimal effort? Yeah, be nice to be able to squeeze a bunch and have truly fresh lime juice for mixing with cherry flavor for the SodaStream.
Plus, another tree? More leaves? Just means that much more air cleansing going on here at Beagleville Manor.
Supposedly, Florida will offer year-round lime production, and even though Key limes aren’t as big as ordinary limes when ripe…they’ll be free freaking limes. No chemicals in the ground, no pesticides, natural fertilizer from scraps (and various foods Pam’s let spoil in the fridge…or on the counter. Ugh.). Yeah, I’ll take whatever comes. Well, not so much the thorns, that’ll be a bitch, but should do all right if I can get it to about 6 feet tall and just keep feeding the soil naturally.
I don’t mind having to drop an occasional bit of concentrated organic fertilizer (it’s saved the bamboo tree twice now), but the bigger up side is simply the lack of chemicals. Whatever we may get out of the fruit? I’ll be happy. It’s better’n nothing. Once he settles in, there should be a decent amount of growth to post pics of, so there’ll be updates in the not-too-distant future.
What about you guys? Anyone got new plantings going? Feel free to share pics, I’ll get Pam to describe ‘em to me.