Lemon knit now, it’s done
Tuesday May 13th 2008, 10:04 pm
Filed under: Family,My Garden

plum tree\'s first day of being grounded“We need to bake a cake! An angel food, maybe.”

He looked at me quizzically.

“We need to bake a cake!”

“Okay, Mom, I am *not* quite following what you’re saying here.”

I explained that slugs and snails can’t climb over broken eggshell jags, and since that was way better than poisons, we needed to put some around the new base of our tree he’d just planted for me.

He allowed as how he could handle that type of tree treatment. Bake a cake. Right on.

Later, thinking I ought to use the tree I’ve got going already, I looked at the Meyer, picked some lemons, and pulled a lemon sponge cake out of the oven a few minutes ago instead; that’s the way the eggshells crumble sometimes. (I took the picture first while it was still semi-light out.)

Back to the shawl on the needles for his wedding.

Santa Rosa plum

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That sounds perfectly logical to me – plant a tree, bake a cake. Hope it was perfectly wonderful!

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 05.13.08 @ 11:50 pm

Hey, that would be a great ideas around the strawberries! Plant the garden, bake a cake. Makes sense!

Comment by Toni 05.14.08 @ 4:40 am

I like the way you think. Hmmm… Maybe I could get more into gardening…

Comment by Channon 05.14.08 @ 5:22 am

Hmmmmmmm, Cake and gardening, sounds like a good thing to me too.

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 05.14.08 @ 5:55 am

I need to do that for my roses. But I would have to bake lots of cakes. 🙂

Comment by Sonya 05.14.08 @ 5:58 am

Mmmmmm, lemon cake.
We have neighbors with a sweetgum tree, I use the dried sweetgum balls in the garden for the same reason. slugs don’t like them.

Comment by marianne 05.14.08 @ 6:20 am

Cakes (for the eggshells) are so much more civilized than crushed grit or hollowed-out upside down grapefruit rinds! Cake all around, and then lemon meringue pies! By the way, that plum variety looks exquisitely posh. I bet your jam will be delicate perfection. It may take a few years but you must enter a jar in a local agricultural fair and let us know the results!

Comment by Lynn 05.14.08 @ 6:34 am

Yum yum yum!

Comment by Kristine 05.14.08 @ 6:35 am

Yum… I keep meaning to make your lemon sponge cake. I bet Oscar would love it if I make it key lime-flavored too.
It would be beautiful decorated with the violets we have blooming right now.
I could even make sugared violets this week. (another thing I’ve always wanted to do)
It’s been a difficult week and we could use a lift.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.14.08 @ 6:50 am

Good idea. Okay, now I’ve got the slugs and snails handled, how about the ‘possums? They think my backyard garden is a fruit salad buffet.

Comment by Linda W 05.14.08 @ 7:33 am

Wtg, to your son for planting the tree so soon!
Wtg, yourself for the brilliant idea of a celebratory cake to mark the occasion..even if it was partly for the snails. 😉

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 05.14.08 @ 7:47 am

I still can’t get over the fact that one can have lemons growing in one’s back yard out here. My New England brain just can’t wrap around that. Though I’m trying – I’ve got 7 fruit trees in my back yard!

Comment by no-blog-rachel 05.14.08 @ 8:02 am

That sounds much tastier than the tabasco sauce mixture I sprayed on our tomatos, grape vine, and peach trees this morning. The deer don’t like tabasco sauce. (Neither do I, actually. The essentials oils do weird things to my throat, but that’s the breaks.) Enjoy your cake, your son, and your knitting.

Comment by Laura 05.14.08 @ 10:18 am

oops better watch out – everyone will be bringing you trees if it means they get yummy cakes 🙂

Comment by rho 05.14.08 @ 4:17 pm

Oh, hey! I’d go for that tradeoff in a second! I wonder if I could somehow get a cacao tree for my chocolate…

Comment by AlisonH 05.14.08 @ 4:46 pm

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