A tale full of holes.

Being more fingers and thumbs, rather than a Green Thumb, I’m not one to be offering any sorts of gardening tips.

However …

During a discussion this morning on the lack of intensity of ‘‘orangeness’’ in the flavour of a cake that was being made and wondering why oranges just weren’t as orangey as they once were, it was suggested we grow our own orange trees.

As we grow our own lemon trees and also have a bitter orange tree it seemed a logical solution to the problem.

So an orange was procured from the fruit bowl, a sharp knife from the cutlery drawer and the orange was cut in two. And then we remembered why we hadn’t tried to grow our own orange trees – a distinct lack of pips.

I am at a loss for a reason for this lack of pipness but I suspect it has something to do with:

a) Global Warming

b) The Chinese

c) Monsanto


d) Manchester United.

But the wife decided to cut a couple more oranges and on the third attempt, produced three precious pips.

Three pips in hand I went to find a pot or other suitable container.

Believe it not, I did not have a single one.

I had used everything available over last weekend when I planted new chilli seeds and transplanted existing seedlings.

‘‘Why not use the empty 5ltr water bottles? They are great for the orchids. Cut them in half and they should be fine.’’

”I’ve tried other similar plastics before and once they are cut they lose all structural integrity.’’

But I retrieved one of the empties from the utility room, set about it with a very sharp knife and it turns out these bottles don’t lose their integrity and looked ideal for the job.

‘‘Remember to make drainage holes,’’ someone suggested.

‘‘I will,’’ says I, opening a kitchen drawer to retrieve an old worn screwdriver. ‘’I just hope the bottle doesn’t crack when I try to make holes. Some of the other containers have a habit of splitting.’’

‘‘Use your drill, dad.’’

‘’Good idea!’’

‘’No, wait up. Use the solder iron. It’s lighter and it’ll be easier.’’

It was. A lot easier! And that’s my gardening tip. 

Dwarf Gecko which has nothing to do with growing orange trees but caught my eye on the way back to the house from the shed.



And yes, I am aware how long it takes for an orange tree to grow!

But you have to start somewhere … so …




26 thoughts on “A tale full of holes.

  1. I am impressed.

    Be forewarned, however, oranges are usually bred these days to be seedless or nearly seedless, and the seeds may be sterile. I know this is heresy, but have you considered actually buying seedlings from a nursery?

    (Just a thought, and I do appreciate your inventiveness, but…)

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    1. Yes, sterility has been considered.

      But I can be a stubborn bugger at times and thus I want to give it a go.

      I’ve had success with the other trees and I have seedlings and young plants from the lemon and the bitter orange trees and they all look healthy as the day is long.
      Rest assured, should we have a sprouting I will post photos immediatement and toot sweet.

      It will be interesting to see what transpires.

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  2. Here in Florida new people to the state always plant a few citrus trees. Us old times just shake our heads. The new people have no idea of the trouble they are setting themselves up for. The fruit once it starts to come draws unwanted vermin. All the fallen fruit has to be picked up daily if not more often to prevent nasty critters and ants. There is no way a single person or even a couple can eat all the fruit, so it is just easier to by a citrus fruits from the grocery store. I love your gardening tips. Hugs

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    1. We have four fruiting Lemon trees and one Bitter Orange. We use all the fruit – mostly as juice for the cakes.
      We regularly gives bags of lemons away to friends and neighbours and my neighbour , Ben , will reciprocate with plums from his tree.

      The other fruit trees we have – a peach and a nectarine – the beetles and the birds help themselvesa dnwe seldom get a look in.

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  3. Rooting hormone might help those little seeds along. . ;). It’s well below zero here today with the wind blowing a gale; your post made me a little warmer. . Well, momentarily. . 🙂

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    1. Ah … did not consider rooting hormone.
      If nothing transpires with these three seeds I shall make the necessary adjustments.
      Thanks for the reminder, Ms C.

      We’ve had an overcast, cool day down here and this afternoon a brief but welcome downpour,

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  4. I do admire (and envy) your garden energy. Right now my garden is under two feet of snow and we have been told to expect below zero temps until Friday. The new made up name for all of this is the “Polar Vortex” which used to be called the Canada Clipper until, I suspect, Canada got weary of being blamed for it, and before that it was basically, “jeesus mary and joseph it’s COLD out there shut that DOOR”.

    Just reading about starting orange trees warms me, strangely.

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    1. I am not very good at handy man things – never have been – and I came late to appreciating the garden so I thrill to see little things I have planted pop up from the soil.
      I am trying to grow potatoes, (I’ve had random success) and I’m contemplating the possibility of being able to grow enough so’s we can be just about self-sufficient in Taters.

      And if I can keep the hens away, I’ll have a go at cabbages as well.

      Whatever transpires, it’s good fun.

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    2. I do admire (and envy) your garden energy.

      Talking of garden energy, I spent some time today watering the lawn in the sun.

      Alternative description: I spent some time shovelling snow off my driveway, with the glare of the sun in my eyes.

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  5. Few pleasures eclipse that of growing something from seed. Avocado plants are my thing. It takes months for a pit suspended in a water glass to form roots worthy of planting. The task has nothing to do with producing avocados, everything to do with perseverance. Unremarkable a house plant as you’ll ever see, but that’s not the point. A few years ago one tickled the ceiling with leaves broad as palm fronds, then the smoke detector went off because it reached the ceiling light fixture and caught on fire. My latest project is 4 feet tall and going strong. Every so often I start a pineapple plant from the top most people throw away. I do it because I can. 🙂

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    1. That is taking growing indoor plants to new heights!

      As we bury all food waste, we have avos sprouting from time to time, though because of the issues with sex , so I understand (the tree’s not mine), we have yet to have one fruit.

      We had a huge avo tree in the first house we bought and we were blessed with fruit for Africa!
      A couple on this property have grown quite large – 3 metres or so – but the others – when we see them – we tend to pull out. Some we have relocated to pots and passed on to friends.

      But as you say, we do it because we can,and we get to eat from the results which makes it all the more worthwhile.

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  6. Brilliant! I love the idea of using the solder iron to make the holes in the plastic bottle 🙂

    Your post got me thinking… I want some lime trees as limes are expensive. Maybe the idea will work for limes.

    I also did a little research on YouTube. Did you know you can also use the damp paper towel method to germinate the seeds

    I am going to give it a go

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