About 3 years ago, we did our local flavour trail tour, which in essence is a tour of local farms and what each one is producing. It’s a lot of fun and you can see not just what produce they grow, but some also have demonstrations and some even team up so you get to see more than one farmer at a location. This link will take you to the tour that just was.
We went to one particular farm where the family grown fruit trees. I think this man was born with green thumbs. I don’t think there is anything he can’t grow. He has the usual variety of apples and pears. Also, quince, figs, grapes and those are the types of things you expect most people to grow here. He doesn’t use any type of commercial fertilizers, he just know how to work the soil and it shows.
But he says, you can grow other things that wouldn’t be expected because he compares our climate to that of a Mediterranean one, making it possible to grow oranges, lemons and grapefruits. The oranges and grapefruit are in greenhouses and I have never ever seen those fruits so big and so healthy looking, the lemons grow up a wall of the house. Those lemons are huge, the size of a fist. Bob has Christmas lights around the lemons and nettings. If the temp drops below a certain point, the thermostat is set and will activate the lights. That bit of heat from the lights is all that the lemons need to keep going.
He grows a type of olive up the side of his house and too much to tell here but if you click on the link above to the Flavour Trail, he is listed as #3. He has pomegranate plants, we decided to give those a try since we both love pomegranates.
The back of our house is in full sun so we planted the tree against the house and supported it. It was about 2’ tall to start with, and quite wispy due of course to it’s size. Well, this is the third winter coming up, and to my surprize, this is what we spotted on the tree. It’s been a long, very good summer this year, and that probably has a lot to do with it. The blooms are bursting out all over and with luck, we will have pomegranates next year.
Without actually measuring the blooms, I am guessing they are approx. 1 1/2” across.
These pods have now burst open and it’s so pretty to see how they are adding a new dimension of colour to the all over green of the tree.
From those pretty pods and blooms, to hopefully this in the near future. I can’t wait…Do you eat pomegranates? You should, they are so good for you, but don’t take my word for it, read what Dr. Fuhrman says. Back soon with more pictures of what I’m working on.