Back in the depths of winter, well, Shrove Tuesday to be precise, the kids and I decided to plant some lemon pips. Ok, I decided, but they were happy to take part as it meant eating loads of pancakes. You can read about planting lemon pips here.
A few weeks later this happenened…
And now we have a mini lemon tree.
In case you’re wondering (no, didn’t think so) I picked up the pot in a charity shop.
Lemon trees can take about 10 years to produce fruit. So while we were waiting we did some magic paintings, using lemon as secret ink. (Obviously, we had to buy more lemons for this, we didn’t actually wait 10 years.)
All you need is a lemon or two and a paintbrush. Simply squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl, then use it to paint a picture.
You won’t be able to see what you’re painting. But here’s the magic bit. When dry, place your paper in a very low oven, or hold over a flame (obviously, it helps if you don’t set it on fire) and wait for your masterpiece to appear. Magic. The kids thought so, anyway.Personally, I’ll be more amazed if our lemon trees actually grow any lemons. I’ll update you in about ten years’ time….