I can't believe how fast this year has already gone. I have so many projects to get done before the spring planting, and it seems like I keep getting distracted from all of them. There has also been quite a bit of swell in the water lately, so if my choice is shoveling compost, or going surfing, it's not much of a choice at all.
Over the weekend, we had a local arborist stop by to let us know all the things we are doing wrong, and a few we were doing correct. I thought our citrus were pretty good for being so close to the coast, but he informed me of a half dozen issues I had to immediately correct - drainage, lack of fertilizer, a few planted too deep, mealybugs, sooty mold, and the dreaded leaf miner. It seems like my biggest issue was that the soil always stays moist, so we removed all of the mulch to let it dry out. Looking back, this was a pretty obvious issue and I was embarrassed for not picking up on it sooner. I need to stop equating fruit production with health. Either way, today is the first day of the rest of their lives.
Part of the doctor's prescription was to remove all fruit, both green and ripe, to allow the plants energy to go into growing rather than fruit production. Here are the the remaining Satsuma Mandarins, Lisbon Lemons, and a few white guavas. I also picked three Yuzus, not pictured because I left them in the front yard. I hope the neighborhood hooligans doing steal them for Ponzu.