Friday, January 23, 2009

Lucky Little Laundry Lemon

As I emptied the sack of dirty laundry from the trip to Arizona, I found this little lemon. No, I did not pack it there to freshen the scent of our unwashed things. I even thought I filled out the customs declaration truthfully when I ticked the box to say that I was not bringing any plant or animal product across the border. I suspect the devious work of the littlest gardener.

I can understand how those Arizona citrus fruits are so appealing, with their bright colors and fun shapes. However, there is a reason why one should not transport fruit across the borders. Pests and plant diseases can easily spread and ruin economically important agricultural industry. Yes, I am warning you all. The subarctic citrus fruit orchards of northern Canada are in great peril. Oh, the environmental disaster that awaits...

4 comments:

easygardener said...

Yes, ideal conditions for a forest of lemon trees (lol). The snow should take care of all pests and diseases. Perhaps there would be a market for frozen lemons!

Kandace Groenewegen said...

Hah!

At one point I thought that the old mine shafts in YK would make a great hydroponic 'fresh fruits/veggies' operation......and then the whole arsenic issue came up. Darn.

jodi said...

Snicker....! Actually, I howled with glee when I read your post. Good thing I'd already finished my coffee. I wonder how many people will NOT realize how tongue in cheek you're being. ;-)

Gardenista said...

Just so you know, if anyone out there actually takes our "lemon forests of northern Canada" seriously -- I have a really great deal on some Alaskan palm trees for you...