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January 31, 2014

Spring is six weeks away, no matter what

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It will bloom and grow fruit almost anytime during the year — the tiny ripe fruit is quite tart and makes a wonderful marmalade. Pick the fruit after it has changed from green to orange, when they’ll be ripe.

I have a very old and very large Calamondin tree that was raised by a neighbor for the past 50 years. To my delight, she gave it to me when she moved. This year, my grandkids and sister picked more than 60 tiny oranges, and she made marmalade for Christmas gifts for special friends. There are still another 60 pieces of fruit on the tree.

Feed it w ith an acid formula plant food according to package directions.

This week’s dirt: Begin ordering seeds now, but beware! Some companies keep track of the super cold, snowy winter we’re having in New England, and they know they can sell you anything that is green at this time of the year.

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North Shore Gardener by Barbara Barger of Beverly is a feature of Friday’s Lifestyles section. Reach Barbara by email at nsgardener@comcast.net or write to her c/o The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915. Previous North Shore Gardener columns are at www.nsgardener.com.

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