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You Can Grow Lemons On Your Balcony... Easy!

When life gives you a balcony... grow lemons!

Getting started

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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Zesty Lemon Pavlova

Named for the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, this delicate lemon pavlova is simply divine.

INGREDIENTS

  • Eggs
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Lemon zest

METHOD

  1. Separate egg yolks and whites
  2. In a bowl, whisk egg whites
  3. Add confectioner's sugar
  4. Distribute on baking pan and flatten center lightly with a spoon
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees
  6. While that's baking, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl
  7. Add egg yolks, sugar, and flour then whisk together
  8. Add butter and whisk again
  9. Take the merigues out of the oven once they're ready
  10. Spoon the filling into the center of the meringues
  11. Grate lemon rind and sprinkle the zest over the top of the pavlovas
  12. Serve!

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