Monday, December 1, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons....

... make lemonade!
Our little lemon tree in our back yard is only a few years old (like 4 or 5) but it has produced more and more lemons over the 3 years we have lived here. There are so many lemons on it now that the branches hang down almost to the ground from the weight of the citrus. This is how it looked before the first harvest:

Then my little helper Corbin came along...


... and together we pulled about 30 lemons off the tree. (There are still about that many that we left on the tree to tree-ripen for a 2nd harvest.) Then we went inside to make lemonade! I know it seems like more of a summer activity, but we enjoyed it nonetheless... and besides, you have to pick the lemons when they're ripe and that's in December for some reason. I'm glad that Corbin realizes where our food really comes from-- not just from the grocery store. Someday, he'll put that natural green thumb to good use when we have a big garden of our own. Until then, we'll enjoy the lemons.

During our lemon harvest, Corbin discovered a few creatures hiding in the leaves:

As we were picking, suddenly I heard, "Caterpillars, mommy!" He was right, the bird-poop looking smear on that leaf was a caterpillar, and we found 3 of them. We plucked them off the tree and put them in a cup for Corbin to observe... we didn't want them to eat all the leaves or get to the juicy fruit. Ironically, caterpillars was the theme of preschool last week. How appropriate. Thank you, Mother Nature. And here is a goody of my little green-thumb! (Sorry it got cut-off suddenly at the end, someone came to the front door.)

4 comments:

Bryce, Anna and Porter said...

cute... our tree that we thought was lemon actually produced edible fruit as well.. grapefruit... not sure all of it is great, but if you want any let us know! I took some to my mother in law but there is still SO much left.

Christensen's said...

I'm so jealous. I love lemon trees. I love the taste of ice cold lemon water, lemonade or just the smell of lemon. I love the look on his face.

Parcell's said...

I want a lemon tree! That is awesome, and way to go on that on the spot teaching moment!

Grandma TeeTee said...

I hope you can bring me a couple for Christmas!! There is nothing like a lemon just picked off the tree. It smells and tastes soooo good.