Edible Landscaping and Citrus

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).
Edible Landscaping and Citrus

Edible Landscaping and Citrus

Edible landscaping is one of my favorite topics in homesteading. In fact, much of my yard is edible. I have twenty-one fruit trees, twenty berry plants, and several citrus hedges. The trick with a citrus hedge is to pick the correct size trees and to prune them properly.

Make sure to pick a dwarf tree unless you want a twenty-foot tall hedge. Also, citrus trees produce blossoms on new growth so take care to prune heavily in the fall so the new spring growth can produce lots of blossoms.

I have a west-facing hedge of one Meyer lemon tree and two Cutie tangerines. My five-foot tall lemon tree produces more lemons than our family can eat at one time so when they’re good and ripe I pick and juice them all, freezing the juice into ice cube trays. Then I pop the cubes into a glass freezer container and defrost them as needed for year round organic lemon juice.  This trick also works with limes for summertime margaritas!

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