January 15, 2021

Dreaming of a Loquat Tree

Loquat Tree Seedling

And that’s probably all I’ll ever do because it’s not supposed to grow in this zone. That’s what I get for clicking “buy now” on ebay without researching the plant more extensively first. haha! Oh well, It’s happily stretching out in the container I planted it in soaking up the weak winter sunlight from my only sunny window.

Since January 17th I’ve been following Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s eating strategy (diet plan?) as described in his book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Lossalt . I needed to do this now. Illness, recent deaths in my family and my growing concern over the approach of western medicine have guided me here. I feel like I need to take responsibility for my health and the health and eating habits of my family. That said – I’ve lost 12 lbs so far!!! YES! I mention this on my gardening blog because this is a PLANT BASED diet and Dr. Fuhrman believes that most Americans suffer from so many health problems because their diets are produce deficient. AGREED!

I’ve been spending big bucks in the grocery store to try to keep up with eating a plant based diet and I can’t WAIT for my garden to start helping me out. I am actually really excited to see if I can get MOST of my food from my gardens this year!

More winter sowing done. I’d like to set up a couple of more flats, but I will set up my aero garden inside by the end of the month. I got a garden starter tray which will allow me to start 66 plants at one time under those little grow lights!

coolers1I’ve been keeping my eye on the “free stuff” page of craigslist and my local freecycle group and found a lovely person who gets a steady supply of Styrofoam coolers shipped to her each month. She’s looking for someone to take them off her hands and I am happy to do it! They are a nice size and I think each one could easily be a happy home for a tomato plant or eggplant or pepper this season! Large planters and flower pots are expensive – so I’m pretty psyched to find this resource. 

3 thoughts on “Dreaming of a Loquat Tree

  1. I had never thought of using styrofoam coolers as planting containers…that’s a really good idea, Lisa! At first, when I saw the picture, and hadn’t read the corresponding paragraph yet, I thought, “Oh, she’s going to make root cellars to store all of her veggies!!” But I was wrong. 😛

    As for western medicine, I have serious doubts about the veracity of lots of it. I’m big into herbal remedies (in fact, I haven’t had to put my son on an antibiotic since I started “herbing” him up), so if you have specific ailments, let me know, and I can tell you what plants to use for it (probably, anyway).

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I just found your post. I am from California but now live in South Jersey and was considering buying a loquat tree (5′) from a website I found (I grew up eating loquats and they are my favorite!). I’m just worried that it won’t survive the winter here. Any thoughts on this? They get so big, so I’m not sure that it will be feasible to bring it indoors for the winter.

  3. I had one potted for a couple of years. I brought it in the winter, then I got cocky and left it out in the unheated greenhouse for a while year. That worked out well. The next summer, it got very wilted every day, even though I kept it watered – I know it wanted to outgrow the pot it was in. I put it in the ground and thought a heavy mulch over the winter would be ok – It was such a happy little tree! The first winter in the ground killed the loquat. It might have survived if I wrapped it like a fig for the winter, or if I planted it close to the foundation of a southern wall so the heat from the sun would keep the area just a bit warmer through the colder months. If you do try one, I would definitely try something like that to protect it during Jan/Feb because it just couldn’t make it left unprotected. Good luck!

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