Natural Air Fresheners

A while back I posted a link on our A Kailyard in Adelaide facebook site to a blog post about using citrus seedlings to create natural air fresheners. Unfortunately, the link appears to have expired but I was pretty sure I remembered how to go about it so one day last summer I experimented with growing lemon seeds inside.

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First I collected the seeds from a lemon.

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Then I organised my pot – I used a leaky teapot – I first covered the bottom with pebbles for extra drainage, then filled it with potting soil, popped the seeds on top, added a few more millimetres of soil, watered it and put it on my kitchen windowsill.

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A week later the first signs of shoots were starting to appear.

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Three weeks later the seedlings were tall and vibrant.

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After 6 weeks the growth is lush and gorgeous. There is a faint scent of lemon in the air so it is clearly working; however, if you lightly touch the plants the glorious fragrance fills the room.

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After 8 weeks I have a little forest growing in a teapot and the smell is fantastic.  My only problem now is what to do with them when they outgrow the teapot!

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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6 Responses to Natural Air Fresheners

  1. The Lighthearted Kitchen says:

    This is so cute!!!! 🙂

  2. Catherine Boomer Dingli says:

    I’d plant a couple here if only we could teleport them!

  3. suburbable says:

    Great idea! I will try it soon, the house will need a little freshening over winter. I suppose they could be replaced when they get too big.

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