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Herb, fruit and vegetables progress report!

Thursday, May 5, 2011 by  
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May
5
2011

As many of you know, I’ve started growing quite a few of my own herbs, fruits and vegetables. I’ve been an avid gardener for many years and I love to cook, so growing some of my own food makes a lot of sense. I’m surprised that it took me this long to start doing it.

I went around the back yard this morning and grabbed some quick snapshots.

Here’s the basil. I use a lot of basil. This stuff is really expensive, and these plants have saved me a small fortune! They really produce a lot.

BasilBasil

Basil

 

I’m growing a lot of peppers because I love hot and spicy food. Here are three of the pepper plants, all of which have already started producing blossoms.

Peppers: Chili, Hot Banana and Anaheim

Peppers: Chili, Hot Banana and Anaheim

 

Dill and Rosemary are pretty much must-haves because I use them all the time. The dill grows like… well, a weed!

Dill and Rosemary

Dill and Rosemary

 

The Jalapeno plant is a little older than the other pepper plants, and it’s loaded with mature peppers. I’m going to start harvesting some of them this weekend. Fresh Pico De Gallo!

Jalapeno and Orange Bell Peppers

Jalapeno and Orange Bell Peppers

 

The tomatoes are doing extremely well. You may notice that one is already ripening. I’m pretty happy with the Topsy Turvy.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

 

Here’s the Ponderosa Lemon Tree. These lemons get as big as footballs and taste just like regular lemons.

Ponderosa Lemons

Ponderosa Lemons

 

The Valencia Orange tree has several small oranges already!

Valencia Orange Tree

Valencia Orange Tree

 

The Key Lime tree doesn’t have any blossoms on it yet, but it’s got lots of new foliage growth. It won’t be long until we see some limes. The leave are good in cooking, too.

Key Lime Tree

Key Lime Tree

 

The three banana plants have grown quite a bit since I planted them about 3 weeks ago. These really are fast growers. Can’t wait until they start producing fruit!

Bananas

Bananas

 

The grapefruit tree is going to be a very big producer. There are already about a dozen small grapefruits on it.

Myers Grapefruit Tree

Myers Grapefruit Tree

 

The fig tree doesn’t have any figs on it yet, but it’s growing very fast! I’m not a big fan of figs, but Lisa loves them. I do like the trunk and the foliage of this plant quite a lot.

Fig Tree

Fig Tree

 

Finally, here’s the Papaya tree. No fruit yet, but it’s growing quickly. I also like the way this tree looks quite a bit.

Papaya

Papaya

 

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6 Responses to “Herb, fruit and vegetables progress report!”
  1. Will your banana palm actually produce fruit? Out here in central california I don’t know of one that has been able to produce anything edible. Probably just too hot during the summer (110+)…

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  2. I hear you on the lemons, the lemon tree at my house makes lemons that often seem like they’re 2 – 3 bigger than the ones at the store. It doesn’t take much at all to make a gallon of lemonade out of them (and it’s *delicious*). My landlord has no idea why the tree does so well, his only guess is that when he does maintenance on the pond, he has always emptied the water into the dirt where the lemon tree is (since it’s just on the other side of the “path” from the pond. Also, the three relatively small Koi fish may be…improving…the water.

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    • It might not be the water or food. It sounds like you might have a Ponderosa lemon tree. Ponderosa lemon trees are a hybrids (I think a cross between a lemon and a citron); the fruit is massive in size compared to a regular lemon, yet it tastes identical to a traditional lemon.

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