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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 2:00am

Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

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Growing my own citrus is one of the best gardening endeavors I have ever undertaken today on Southern Gardening

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

I always look forward to the cooler fall weather because that means my citrus are going to produce homegrown goodness. I’ve expanded my citrus grove all grown in twenty-five-gallon containers. I now have four satsumas, three mire lemons, two cumquats, and a buddha hand citron. The satsumas are just starting to turn orange, and later this month, these easy to peel treats will be ready to enjoy. 

I really enjoy the mire lemons which are not like the grocery store offerings. They are a long ago cross between a lemon and an orange, thin skinned and really sweet. Each year my mire lemon crop is destined for a batch homemade limoncello, which is a holiday family tradition.

The cumquats are really delicious. And unlike other citrus, you basically just eat the peel. And the strangest citrus I am growing this year is the buddha hand which looks like some kind of orange gone wild. It’s a part of that strange candied fruit mixture used in holiday fruit cakes. 

In the coastal counties, growing citrus is rather easy. And gardeners in the northern counties don’t need to be left out of the fun.

The Extension publication growing containers in Mississippi is an excellent guide for growing success in your garden and landscape.

Until next time, I am Horticulturist Gary Bachman enjoying our Southern Gardening.

Southern Gardening with Gary Bachman is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

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