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