Monday, December 12, 2011

With or without a Christmas bow

Some years James and I have been very predictable in our Christmas gift desires. This year I asked for something that is low in twinkle factor but will offer great returns.

In the past I've tried growing an avocado tree from a pit and have had no luck. Actually I've tried several times and failed every single time. Every time it's been fascinating to see the root begin to grow, to see all those wonderful root hairs and then divide and divide. Each time hope would rise. It's usually at this point that potential tree dies.

After a while I'd try again. I love the fruit of the aguacate.

I can eat it with cheese and lemon juice in a tortilla, on top of a green salad, mixed with garbanzo beans, on top of toast, with pickled onions and raclette, and so many other ways.

We have one last area of the backyard that is crying out for a fruit tree. This is the baby avocado tree will fill that spot sometime before December 25th. I can barely wait.


  1. Oh, I too love the aguacate. I have three trees, and only one has made the barest attempt to produce fruit. But I'm still hopeful. They all got a good pruning from the winds, but they're still standing tall.

  2. I may give you a call at some point to get to talk alligator fruit tips. We plan to keep the tree shorter rather than taller.

    I can barely wait for the tree to arrive.

  3. where did you go to get it and did you find any Palos Verdes trees while there?

  4. We went to the nursery that is off the 605 - close to Irwindale. We have a palo verde which we bought @ Lincoln Avenue Nursery. Really happy with the palo verde - it pretty much takes care of itself. We also bought a pomegranate @ LAN and it is flourishing, too. The good thing about LAN is that there are some guys who work there who will plant the tree for a nominal fee.