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2 hours ago, heidih said:

Right. Chicken wire is kinda wimpy. Aviary wire is sturdy. Black coated is visually not odd - no glare. I do not recall if it came black or if we sprayed it.

Not sure how small the Iguanas are in FL, but the ones I have seen are large and will not fit through the wire, and certainly will not chew through it.

 

IMO, it looks far better than a square mesh wire option.

 

Either way, frame it, use your fence as a back drop - and make some nice 'rustic' swing doors that are very wide so you can access the garden to weed and prune.

 

Lastly, drainage holes are key - make sure you put them in a place where your property is slanting away (or create some viaduct to run the water elsewhere to either be reclaimed or moved off property).

 

 

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Rest of the garden it’s in progress, ah btw, the husband read your comments, he said that I didn’t clarify that the raised beds do not have concrete at the bottom, it’s open to the soil. 
 

Anyway we got a dwarf Meyer lemon (which I do not like but they told me are the one doing better here) and a Persian lime. Plus a mango tree. The other day we also got a small bay leaf and a rosemary. 

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In my area, Eureka and Lisbon lemon tree are bulletproof, you really have to work hard to hurt them.  And prolific fruit, but it takes a few years for full production.   These are not dwarf though.

 

I cannot grow lime because it actually gets too cold in the winter at times and kills lime trees every few years if there's a few nights of hard freeze. 

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3 hours ago, KennethT said:

@FranciI've read that Meyer lemon trees are easier to grow than the standard lemon.

 

My ideal would be to graft a branch or three of different lemons on the same rootstock. So in Franci's case, graft a bud or three of Lisbon (or Eureka, whichever grows better there) lemons to the Meyer. My father was very good at that sort of thing. He grafted a variety of citrus onto one orange tree for his parents. As I recall that single tree had Valencia and Navel oranges, Mandarin oranges (what we called tangerines back then) and lemons - probably Lisbon, certainly whatever passed for the standard lemon there. It was their "fruit salad" tree.

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9 minutes ago, Smithy said:

 

My ideal would be to graft a branch or three of different lemons on the same rootstock. So in Franci's case, graft a bud or three of Lisbon (or Eureka, whichever grows better there) lemons to the Meyer. My father was very good at that sort of thing. He grafted a variety of citrus onto one orange tree for his parents. As I recall that single tree had Valencia and Navel oranges, Mandarin oranges (what we called tangerines back then) and lemons - probably Lisbon, certainly whatever passed for the standard lemon there. It was their "fruit salad" tree.

We call those "cocktail" trees here.  They used to be all the rage, but then it was realized the more dominant grafts would take over the tree eventually.  I think the lemon/grapefruit portion would overpower the other grafts and the orange part would quit producing.   Or, the sour orange root stock would just take over completely.  (Personally I think sour oranges make the best margarita mix).   So, short term, you may get that on the tree supermarket of citrus, but long term, it will change into one of the more dominant grafts.

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My GF has been seeing memes about the "tree of 40 fruits," and wants to try one when we get our own place.

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“Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.” - William Cowper, The Task, Book Three

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

 

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2 minutes ago, lemniscate said:

We call those "cocktail" trees here.  They used to be all the rage, but then it was realized the more dominant grafts would take over the tree eventually.  I think the lemon/grapefruit portion would overpower the other grafts and the orange part would quit producing.   Or, the sour orange root stock would just take over completely.  (Personally I think sour oranges make the best margarita mix).   So, short term, you may get that on the tree supermarket of citrus, but long term, it will change into one of the more dominant grafts.

 

That sounds sensible, but I can vouch that my grandparents' tree was satisfactory for over 20 years...as long as they needed it. I forgot to mention the grapefruit branch. As far as the sour orange rootstock taking over...well, that's what suckering and pruning are about. Ask me how I know about those sucker thorns! xD

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13 minutes ago, chromedome said:

My GF has been seeing memes about the "tree of 40 fruits," and wants to try one when we get our own place.

 

Dad did something like that at the first place I remember, although it was much less elaborate. A few varieties of peaches, nectarines, probably plums. It did keep us in summer fruit for much of the season. 

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