Most of the times we find ourselves rushing to the grocery nearby to pick ourselves some lemons. As we all know, the uses of lemon are many and so are the benefits. There is nothing like a lemonade made from home grown lemons. Lemons grow easily in this region, although if you start from scratch they do take around two to three years to flower and fruit.
Growing Lemon plants: Clay pots are ideal for planting lemons as unlike plastic, they are porous and evaporate water from their sides, and this helps the plant to grow well with cooler roots and reduces the risk of water logging. Also, make sure you use a good organic potting mix as the quality and type of soil you use will have a direct effect on the growth of your plant. Lemons require a shady area in summer and full sun in winter.
Landscape uses: Grown as an ornamental as well as a productive tree, its small size is an advantage in intimate areas and is seen used as an espalier or accent in any place. This plant would make an interesting hedge too and are often seen planted in the desert under the shade of palm trees in groves. Being tolerant of urban atmospheric pollution it may be planted in industrial estates, along heavily trafficked roads and in parking lots.
Recipe for a refreshing lemonade
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice from home grown lemon
- 3/4 cup cold water
- Home grown lemon slices optional
- In a 2 or 4 cup measuring cup, stir together the sugar and hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water.
- Fill a large glass or pint mason jar with ice and several home grown lemon slices. Fill to the top with lemonade and enjoy!