A FORECAST of early fog and frost on the tablelands was a handy reminder to cover my dwarf Meyer lemon tree.
The Meyer is the most frost tolerant of all lemons, but with a young tree you don’t like taking chances.
The lemon is part of a small orchard we planted last winter.
We’d long wanted a proper orchard and lockdown gave us time to plan, prepare the ground and plant.
The best piece of advice I was given right at the get-go was to order trees on dwarf rootstock, as they are far easier to prune and harvest than bigger trees.
Netting to protect from birds is almost impossible with the latter but easy with tiddlers, the fruit is the same, and you need much less ground.
Novelist John Fowles, he of The French Lieutenant’s…