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Weeds - The Terrible Problem & How To Remove Them From Your Yard! January 29 2016

 Weeds, the ugly problem that keep popping up and don't go away. They make even the beautifulest yard look flawed with their presence.  They take over the growth of delicate green shoots and usually bring stickers to your yard as well. There are several ways to rid them of your yard forever but the method depends on your budget, type of weed and labor you use.

First examine the types of weeds that are in your yard. If there are only a few, pulling them by hand may be your best option. It keeps the area free of chemicals and is the least expensive -- but most labor-intensive -- manner of eliminating unwelcome lawn plants. To keep the weeds from returning, grasp at the base of the plant with gloved hands and pull out by the roots or pop them out with a small hand-held dandelion weeder. Dispose of the weeds in trash bags and place in the garbage for pick-up -- DON'T leave the weeds in the area, because they may spread seeds.

Keeping your lawn lush and healthy deters the growth of weeds, because the strong grass growth overcomes small weeds attempting to come up. Mow high and often; decapitating unwanted plants will eventually cause them to weaken and die over time. Mowing also removes the heads of plants and prevents them from growing and spreading their seeds.

How To Remove Unwanted Weeds and Plants in Your Yard

  • Identify the weeds from your lawn grass. Their leaves' shape, size and color are very different from the grass on your lawn.

  • Hold the tops of the weed's leaves together. This allows you to gain a firmer hold on the whole weed plant and reduces just tearing off leaves.

  • Slightly tug the leaves upwards. If the soil is loose enough and the weed is shallow-rooted, then the weed is easily pulled out.

  • If the weed is deep-rooted, continue tugging just slightly so as not to tear the plant from its roots. Remember, you want to remove as much of the roots as you can.

  • Still holding the weed with one hand, pierce the soil under the weed using the hand weeder as shown below.

     
  • Pry the weed upwards by pushing down the handle while simultaneously tugging the weed upwards with the other hand. Use the hand weeder's fulcrum to gain leverage.

  • If the weed's roots are still deeply anchored in the soil, pierce the soil further down the base of the weed. You may also need to pierce the soil surrounding the weed plant around its circumerence to further loosen the soil.

  • When you feel the soil giving and the weed's roots almost freed up, uproot the weed with the hand weeder so you easily lift the weed off the soil with its roots intact.

     
  • Don't worry about getting clumps of soil with the weed. Unless, it's a big soil clump, I don't bother shaking all the soil off the roots.

  • Wheatgrass - The Super Food that Kills Bacteria!!! October 24 2015

    Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family.  Do you like Wheatgrass? Did you know that the Chlorophyl in Wheatgrass is very powerful antioxidant to help get rid of bacteria and infections in the human body? Think about what the strongest animals on the planet eat, the EAT GRASS.

    The bacteria is killed in your digestive system of which the source of all sickness forms.  Most wheatgrass uses today is often used for juicing, or added to smoothies or tea, it provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E.  Also, its rich in nutrient content boosting immunity, killing harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste.

    Wheatgrass is known as a treatment for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns even though there aren't a lot of research on this it is a known fact that it does help in these areas.

    It's taste is really strong and if taken in a large quantity can cause nausea, vomiting,  hives, headaches and throat swelling so only 1 ounce at a time when drinking your freshly grown Wheatgrass.  You can get it at Feed stores, Nurseries or grow your own with the recipe below.

    To grow your own you will need a few supplies such as Organic soil, not a lot, only a inch in the planting tray.  You will need paper towels , wheatgrass seeds, and water.  First you measure out how much wheatgrass you will need , pour the organic soil in the planting tray and then spread it out.  Pour the wheatgrass seeds on top of the soil covering the entire area. When this is done then you pour clean water on the seeds and soil mixture, we use ionized water to keep everything in optimal quality.  You then cover the tray up with paper towels and then the next day you wet the tray with the paper towels over the seeds.

    When the wheatgrass starts to sprout in about a day or two then you put it in sunlight for about a day but sunlight is not required to grow.  After about 5 days or so it will grow nicely and the paper towels will be pushed up and the grass will be seen from under the towel, this is a indicator that its ready for harvesting.

    To harvest the grass in the tray just use a pair of Shears to trim from the root, about a handful, and then store it in a ziplock bag or cut as much as  you need as you go. The tray will grow again from the same seeds so you may want to do a second cut but we usually just do one growing at a time to have the strongest blades of grass.

    When harvested the next step is to get the goodness out of those grass blades, that comes by juicing.  The best juicer to use is a hand press juicer to get the most juice out of the grass.  We store our juice in the freezer in ice trays and do only the amount we need each day. 

    Check out this video on how to grow your own luscious little babies.  Ok guys hope you enjoyed this article , see you in the next one soon.


    Plant Fall Season Vegetables Now, It Will Extended Your Harvest October 15 2015

    Fall Gardening Tip:

    Plant fall season vegetables now for extended harvest. Short-term plants like peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and others on the list accompanying this article will be harvestable until the first frost. Long-term broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onions and parsley, to name a few, are frost tolerant and will last longer into the season.

             

     

    I know it's the middle of October but it's not too late to plant your fall garden but you need to do a few things first.  

    Steps To Take To Get Your Garden Going & Growing:

        1.  Soil Tested  - A soil test is where the elements in the soil (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their availability to a plant. This test tells you the quantity of nutrients available in the sample that determines the amount of fertilizer recommended.  You can go to an agriculture space where they do the test for you or a University that has a department that does this.

        2. Sizing Your Garden Space - Now the you have the soil tested, now you can measure your and plan your gardening space.  Depending on how much gardening space you need in your own garden, you can get away with a small space or do a greenhouse type of garden for the winter months.  A good traditional garden size is 4 feet wide and as long as you want it to be or have space for.  Between the rows it can be 2 feet so you can work in the space comfortably.

        3. Planting Your Garden - Work your soil to a depth of at least 8 inches. This can be done by hand or with a garden tiller. Check your soil to see if it is too wet to till by taking a handful and squeezing. If the soil retains its shape, it is too wet. Wait a day or two and try the squeeze test again. If the soil is loose and crumbly it is ready to be turned.

          Add plant-based organic matter in the amount of 2 to 3 inches or an inch of compost made with manure to the soil. Plant-based organic material can include grass clippings, shredded leaves and compost. Work this into the soil about 6 to 8 inches.

          Fertilize. Apply commercial slow release fertilizer or organic fertilizer. Add the fertilizer before you plant and work into the soil 6 to 8 inches

        4. Caring For Your Garden - The caring of your garden is a labor of love.  You will love to see it go from nothing to a full blown vegetable garden.  You will need pesticides to protect your hard work and we go towards natural pesticides such as compost of egg shells , potato peels, or even the left over pulp after you juice from your juicer.

        5. Harvesting Your Garden - Now comes the easy and fun part.  You get to reap your rewards of your hard work by picking your vegetables and eating them.  Make sure before you eat them to use a vegetable wash.

     

     Winter is vastly approaching so if you haven't started yet , you better get going before the window of opportunity closes if your doing this outside.  Be sure to check out Our Garden Knife to help you with measuring and digging in your garden.

     

     

    


    This Time of Year, Home Gardens Can Be Overflowing With Harvest September 28 2015

    This time of year, home gardens can be overflowing with harvest—tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and more.

     

    See how one gardener grows his BIG homemade tomatoes  He is just one master gardener who is taking advantage of Autumn season settling in.

    September is when we start planting many of the vegetables that provide harvests through the fall and winter.

    It is best if your tomatoes and peppers are already in the garden. They will be setting fruit this month for harvest in November. Keep them well watered and watch for insects. Fertilize every three weeks with a quarter-cup of lawn fertilizer spread around the plant.

    Find out how Carrots and beets planted now will be ready for harvest in winter. Both can be grown in containers.

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    Stay tuned for more articles of the season.


    Growing Squash September 18 2015

    Growing Squash

    Fall time is upon us, the leaves are changing but it is still hot in some places around the country.  Now is the time to prepare for the winter squash.  Check out this article we thought you might like... about Squash. 

    “winter” squash like Acorn,Buttercup, and Butternut, which ripen to full maturity before they are picked. These varieties grow through the summer, but when stored properly, keep well into the colder months.

    Growing Fall Squash


    Blood Moon Total Eclipse Mean Mega Harvest! September 12 2015

    Get ready for the . . . Blood Moon Total Eclipse Harvest Moon! It's coming up—one of the biggest sky events of 2015. Make sure you're sitting down, because this is a lot to handle all at once.

    Read What Old Farmers Almanac had to say about the upcoming event on Sept 27th, 2015

    No matter that a fully eclipsed moon actually turns coppery red like a penny, more like orange, and not remotely red like blood. Anyone with blood the color of an eclipsed moon should go to the emergency room. None of that matters. What's important is that you're going to increasingly hear about this event during the coming days, and it may sound like something scary or dangerous. Mega-Harvest-Blood Moon. If this doesn't get the coyotes howling, nothing will.

    It's not dangerous—although we really can expect the year's highest and lowest tides that day and the next. But you do want to watch it. We'll tell you all about how close is the Moon, the exact timing, what to look for and all sort of juicy hints and tidbits right here, next week.


    Gardening With Vegetables in the Summer... August 11 2015

    When it comes to growing veggies this summer, gardening guru Ciscoe Morris says heat can be a major problem, especially on tomatoes.

    Check out what Ciscoe offers for advice

    "They call it sun scald, and what you see is a white spot showing up on the tomato when it's still green," Ciscoe said. "You don't know what that is, then this big blister gets on there—it's gross—then it turns the ugliest black you've ever seen."

    However, even if sunscald occurs, Ciscoe has some good news.

    "You can't reverse it if it happens, but you can cut it out and eat it," Ciscoe said, as long make sure to cut it open first to make sure there isn't any black mold inside.

    You can also try to keep the tomato sun burn from getting worse.

    "If you see one that gets it, you can pick it and put it on the counter to ripen it up, and then it won't keep getting worse," he said.

    Are your birds eating tomatoes? Ciscoe says that it's pretty unusual, but if it's a problem, net the plants with bird netting to keep them away.

    With all of the warm weather, a surplus of fruits and veggies could be a welcomed problem.

    To help give away extra fruit, Ciscoe said there's an organization called city fruit that can help direct you to where to take your fruit so it goes to a food bank who needs it.

    He also suggests if you have extra veggies, to do a search on donating fresh produce, and it will come up with all the places you can take it.

    But if you have an extra large or unusual piece of produce?

    "Take them over to a friend's house, put them on the porch, ring the doorbell and run!," Ciscoe says.

    On a different note, if your Rhododendrons are looking chewed up this summer, the weevil is most likely the culprit. Weevils are small beetle relatives that eat the ugly notches out of Rhododendron plants.

    Ciscoe's solution: buying nematodes, little microscopic worms, and mix them in the soil so they can eat the weevil larva.


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