How And Why To Plant Fruit Trees In The Fall

one of the MOST sustainable things you can do. plant fruit trees. you won’t regret it!

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For those of us that love to garden – nothing can beat the quick return of bountiful harvests from the planting of tomatoes, peppers, corn and more each year. However, not to be forgotten are the years and years of fruit harvests that can be provided from a single planting of a few fruit trees to your yard or landscape.

There is something that is so satisfying about planting fruit trees – somehow signifying that you are putting down roots of a more permanent nature.  Fruit trees can be a valuable addition for those that are trying to be more responsible for growing their own food – and requires much less maintenance than an annual garden.

Fall Planting:

Although you can plant fruit trees into your landscape at any point of the growing season – fall is really the best time to plant.

The advantages to planting your trees in…

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22 benefits of apple cider vinegar

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Have you discovered the awesome benefits and uses for apple cider vinegar? This vinegar is used for far more than just adding to oil for salad dressings! It helps control acne, clean windows, regulate blood sugar, relieve and prevent upset stomachs and more. I couldn’t wait to share this list of 22 uses and benefits for apple cider vinegar to get you started!

 

http://www.deniseinbloom.com/uses-for-apple-cider-vinegar/

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HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP

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Have you noticed the Mosquitos are already out! Here is a homemade trap to help keep you and the kiddos from being a blood donor!!!

HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
Items needed:
1 cup of water 
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

 

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MASON JAR SOLAR LIGHTS tutorial

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Using just three materials and a wee bit of time you will quickly have stylish mason jars to light up the garden or patio on these late summer nights.

visit this sight for full instructions:

http://gardentherapy.ca/mason-jar-solar-lights/

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Make Your Own Essential Oil

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Essential oil is concentrated oil that is known to contain the essence, or aroma, of a plant. While essential oils have been used in perfumes, cosmetics and incense for decades, aromatherapy has revitalized people’s interest in these wonderfully fragrant, soothing oils as a way to promote calmer or more positive moods based on smell.

Aromatherapy uses the aromatic compounds found in plant extracts that are known to have medicinal properties. The smell of other plants may increase a person’s sense of calmness and others may even have an uplifting effect on the mind.

Our Essential Oil Use Chart explains all about the popular oils and shows you the best places to buy them.

http://www.savvyhomemade.com/make-your-own-essential-oil/

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Best Seed Tape Ever ~ Planting tiny seeds is easy with this simple gardening trick.

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It’s difficult to space tiny seeds, such as carrots, in the garden. The best way to solve this problem is to make homemade seed tape. Here’s how to do it:

1. Unroll a strip of toilet paper on a table (double ply works best), mist it with a sprayer, and place the seeds along the center of the strip. Be sure to space the seeds based on the seed packet’s recommendation. Tip: Alternate carrot seeds with radish seeds because when the radishes sprout, they help to mark the row and break the ground.

2. Starting along the strip’s long edge, fold a third of the paper over the seeds, then fold the other third over to cover the seeds completely. Lightly tamp the paper, misting it again to secure the seeds. Make as many of these strips as you need. Then carefully carry them to the garden.

3. Make shallow furrows in the prepared soil, lay the strips down, and cover them. In a jiffy, your small seeds will be planted and perfectly spaced.

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/best-seed-tape-ever

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A Cat’s Cradle for Tomatoes

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Many years ago, I saw a farm worker trellising tomatoes in a commercial field. He quickly walked down one row and up the other side with his hand bobbing up and down like a needle on a sewing machine. In minutes, hundreds of tomato plants were secure in their trellis. This speedy technique, sometimes called Florida weave, holds tomato plants upright in slots created by twine strung horizontally between stakes.

Without a trellis or cage, tomato plants would sprawl on the ground, vulnerable to fungi and insects. One of the most common ways to trellis tomatoes in the home garden is also one of the most time consuming: tying a tomato plant to a stake. With one or two plants, that’s no big deal. But if you have a dozen or more tomatoes needing weekly attention as they grow, the Florida weave saves time.

Here’s how: Plant tomatoes in a straight row, spaced about 2 feet apart. Drive stakes at the beginning and end of the row and in the spaces between the plants. (In regions without a lot of wind, you can get by with a stake between every other plant.)

Every week or so, starting when the plants have reached a foot in height, weave twine between the tomato stems and stakes to keep them from slumping to the ground. Tie the twine to the first stake 6 inches above ground. Loop the twine around the second stake, keeping the line taut. With tension on the twine, loop it around each subsequent stake. Adjust the twine’s height as needed, since some plants may be taller or shorter than others. At the last stake, make a double loop for strength and continue looping your way back on the other side. When you get back to the first stake, tie off the twine with a strong knot and cut off the end. As long as the plants continue to grow, run another line of twine 4 to 8 inches higher every 5 to 7 days.

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/cat-s-cradle-tomatoes

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