You may recall that in July of 2015 I invested in some lemon and lime trees that were on sale at the Nursery. My idea was a sort of French Greenhouse thing, moving the trees in when Winter came and moving them out after the cold.
My idea never really worked in practice. Citrus trees it turns out, are incredibly sensitive creatures and I would end up losing leaves twice a year; when I moved them in and when I moved them out. As you can imagine, this cut down on the yield of any fruit.
Finally this year, in a fit of desperation, I took on of my lime trees that literally had four leaves left on it and planted it outdoors. What did I have to lose, I thought?
Guess what happened?
No-one is more shocked than I. Really. I really thought it was done. It even gave me blossoms:
I swiftly moved to get the others in:
And this is my true experiment. No leaves at all. I am anxious to see if anything happens here as well:
This does not obviate the problem of winter, of course. I will still have to figure out a way to protect them for true cold snaps. But already the results are enough to convince me this is what I should have done in the first place.