You Can Grow Lemons On Your Balcony... Easy!
When life gives you a balcony... grow lemons!
Are you stuck with a small space but dream of a big garden? No worries... with a guiding hand, nature will find a way.
The first step is to choose your lemon tree correctly. Growing a lemon tree from seed can take up to 4 years to fruit, so we recommend you buy a tree that has already grown. Dwarf plants take better to potting and will only grow to about 6 feet high, and grafted trees can produce different varieties of fruit on one plant (lemon, lime, orange, etc.).
The pot should 25% bigger than the root ball of the plant. If you're low on space, you can also espalier your tree, which means growing it out on a flat plain like a wall or trellis.
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Chef Tips and Tricks
Named for the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, this delicate lemon pavlova is simply divine.
- Confectioner's sugar
- Fresh lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Separate egg yolks and whites
- In a bowl, whisk egg whites
- Add confectioner's sugar
- Distribute on baking pan and flatten center lightly with a spoon
- Bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees
- While that's baking, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl
- Add egg yolks, sugar, and flour then whisk together
- Add butter and whisk again
- Take the merigues out of the oven once they're ready
- Spoon the filling into the center of the meringues
- Grate lemon rind and sprinkle the zest over the top of the pavlovas