Growing your own fruits and vegetables is like a dream come true since that’s the only way to sure about their origin. Some people consider gardening a tough challenge, but it is super easy once you get used to it.
Lemons are easy to grow, and you can use them in practically everything: soups, drinks, stews, salads, desserts and many other delicacies.
Grow your own lemons
1. Health benefits of home-grown plants
This will be your greatest challenge in life. Home-grown plants come packed with great benefits, and we give you a few reason to try it:
A) Full control
By growing your own fruits you actually know what goes in the soil and on the fruits in terms of fertilizers and pesticides.
B) Higher nutritional value
Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, and they don’t lose any of the nutrients during long transportation.
C) You decide the picking time
You can control the right picking time depending on how you like your fresh produce.
D) It’s as fresh as you like
Pick the fruits and veggies and eat them right away. You can really tell if fruits and veggies in supermarkets are picked that day.
E) It’s cheap
Growing a lemon tree is like investing in your future. In this way you will have enough lemons all the time.
F) You eat healthy
You will definitely like the fruits you grow. These can’t be compared to the produce sold in supermarkets. You will always have fresh produce, and that’s the best motivation when it comes to healthy eating.
2. Grow lemons at home
Lemons are incredibly healthy and you can grow them at home. First, let’s go through the items you need:
- Potting soil
- Pot plastic film (breathable)
- Watering can, squirt bottle or anything you can use to water the plant
Keep in mind that lemons like sunlight.
1. Prep the soil: Put it in a bucket and dampen it.
2. Fill the pot with damp soil, and leave an inch of empty space below the rim.
3. Remove the seeds from your lemon.
4. Clean the seed, but make sure it’s moist.
5. Plant it in the pot about half an inch under the surface.
6. Water the seed moderately.
7. Cover the pot with plastic film.
8. Place the pot in a warm place
9. The seed will sprout within 1-2 weeks. Remove the plastic film when the sprouting begins.
10. Place the pot in a warm spot.
The soil should always be moist, and make sure your pot has drainage holes.
Lemon trees need at least 8 hours of sunlight.
Transfer the plant to a bigger container when it outgrows the pot.
If you decide to use baby trees, make sure the pots are larger than the roots of the tree. Once it gets big enough you will need a pot of 17-20 inches in diameter and 12-15 inches in depth. Consider placing stones in the pot to improve the flow of air. Keep in mind that some soils are only good for citruses and fruits.
The fruits will ripen in 6-9 months, and you can pick them right after they get their nice yellow color.
Health benefits of lemons
Lemons are one of the healthiest fruits available. This citrus has great benefits and can be used as a natural remedy. Here are some of the benefits:
A) Weight management
Pectin in lemons expands, giving you a feeling of fullness. Polyphenols in lemons stop the accumulation of fats. Compounds in lemons prevent obesity.
Fiber is important for your digestive system, and lemons are packed with soluble fiber and simple sugars. Pectin slows down digestion, lowers unstable blood sugar and enhances digestion. Make sure you eat the pulp too.
Vitamin C in lemons improves the absorption of iron from plants.
One lemon has 31mg of vitamin C which is more than half of the recommended daily intake of this vitamin. It lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Nutrients in lemon lower cholesterol and strengthen heart. Researchers have found that just 24 grams of citrus fiber lowers bad cholesterol.
E) Kidney stones
Citric acid in lemons bring up pH levels of urine and also increase the urine volume. Lemonade prevents the formation of stones. A half cup of lemon juice prevents stones.
Compounds in lemons destroy cancer cells and lower the risk of cancer.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables helps you save money, decorate your home and garden and eat healthy foods.
It may take some time for you to learn how to do it, but it’s worth all the effort. Planting your fruits and veggies is the most rewarding thing you will ever do.