I've been around for a while but it *still* took an email to the "contact us" link to figure out where on the Environment Canada site there was a chart of average monthly precipitation. Monthly percip is way more useful than average yearly when you're planning a garden, guild or food forest. If you can't find one for your region in the links Morfydd St. Clair kindly posted, I recommend you contact the office and ask. I got a polite and prompt reply and I've now got my local link book-marked! That info coupled with what our ministry refers to as "Historical weather" can allow me to fairly quickly check approximately how much rain we've had and therefore how stressed some plants might be getting before it's too late to give them a little assistance. I don't want to baby plants - I want them to grow deep roots and need little to no watering - but sometimes with young plants when you've only got one or two of a variety, I consider that a long-term goal that may require 3-5 years of decreasing the frequency of watering and building the soil to accomplish.
A Raaymakers wrote:How fascinating, I HAD NO IDEA those pages existed!!! Haha, so thank you!!! I will look into them right away. I told you I was a newbie...
A Raaymakers wrote:Thank you, Jay Angler!
Well, we live in the North Island of New Zealand, I believe the weather where I am is considered temperate. We have been having cold but sunny winter days recently, although not TOO cold - its 16 degrees Celsius outside at the moment.
The lemon tree is planted on a grassy bank with quite sandy soil. We get a decent amount of rain here, I'd say. (How do you measure rain levels?) I have mulch around the lemon tree. I am considering extending its surrounding garden bed, so getting rid of the grass around it, and planting beneficial plants, and mulching down.
From what I've gleaned over the internet, comfrey seems very desirous around trees like peach, and pears, but I'm so curious about lemons - it seems hard to find its companionship status with citrus!!
Laura Johnson wrote:The ants are farming scale. Watch for the scale - which look like little dots. Clean them off with rubbing alcohol and a rough rag. Then get some good worm castings to put around your lemon. For some reason it prevents scale.
It does not say what zone you are in. Lemons are hardy to 27 degrees.
I have a Meyer Lemon that is about 20 years old. It is in a huge pot. I bring it in to the greenhouse every November with a furniture dolly. The lemons ripen , then It blooms and sets fruit in the greenhouse.
If you live in a frost area, a few do not have a place to over winter the lemon, you can build a pvc pipe frame. Cover it with clear plastic and put some light bulbs in ther to turn on when it gets cold. The old kind of light bulbs that give off heat.