We eat a lot of bananas' at our house. I never realized
how much easier it is to open a banana from the bottom
rather than the top.
It never dawned on me to try opening it from the other end.
That was until a family member mentioned it while I was
struggling to open it from the top and reaching for a knife.
I was surprised how much easier it was to open. I felt really silly when they
informed me that even the gorillas know that it's easier to open it
from the bottom. I guess I will have to pay closer attention the next time
we go to the zoo.
I was watching the hit TV show Duck Dynasty with my family last
night and I started thinking about family values. The older actors on
Duck Dynasty are out of touch with technology
and believe it's hurting our children. I personally believe that
technology is important yet we are loosing old traditional values by
spending too much time in front of screens and a lot less time face to
face with family and nature. This is when I started to think about
ways I can enrich my family's life.
I am going to try harder in 2013 to spend more quality time
with my family and nature and less time in front of a screen.
If you are anything like my family this time of year you are dealing with
an annual sickness. It never fails. Every year around
this time my kids get sick and then we all get sick.
After awhile you are great at diagnosing the problem.
My family has been on and off sick for about two months now.
As I was sitting in my lazy boy tonight holding my sick 2 year old
I started to wonder what else I can do to help her feel better.
I decided to get online and do some searching. I found a few good tips
that I wanted to share. I have not tried any of them yet.
I am going to take my daughter to the doctor on Monday if she does not
start feeling better.
Here are a few easy steps you can take to care for your beautiful Christmas tree.
Picking a Christmas tree is very important to the tree lovers in your family.
Here are a few easy steps you can take to keep your tree looking good for as long as
1. If you have a choice to cut a fresh one or buy a pre cut tree it is best to cut it yourself.
Cutting the tree yourself ensures that you have a fresh tree that will make it through the
holiday season without losing all its green.
2. If your only choice is to pick from a group of per-cut trees stay away from the ones
that have started to turn brown. This is a sign that they were cut awhile ago and may not last long.
3. If you have cut your tree be sure to get it in water within 8 hours of cutting it down. After 8 hours
the tree may not suck up the water like it should. If you bought a pre cut tree you should shave
off about 1/2 an inch. on the end to help it take in water.
4. Check the water level in your tree daily. If it is low fill it. If the tree is not taking up
any water you might have the tree too far down in the stand. The water might be having a hard time
5. Make sure your tree is not around any flames or electrical devices. Be sure to give your tree
lots of room. Make sure you turn off all the lights before you go to bed or leave the house.
You don't want to take any chances. They are very flammable trees.
Mister Landscaper has many great Kits for all your low-flow irrigation needs.
All the DIY Mister Landscaper Kits have everything you need to set up your low-flow
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covering up to 150 sq. ft.
2. Micro Sprinkler Landscape & Shrub Kit with 5 tan Stake
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4. The Mister Landscaper 50-foot Micro Sprinkler Starter Kit - Everything
you need to water up to 275 sq. ft. of landscape, gardens, shrubs,
trees, vegetables, and more is found in this all-in-one kit.
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with the sole purpose of making it easier to expand your existing
Mister Landscaper irrigation system.
6. Vegetable Garden Drip Irrigation Kit covering up
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7. Patio & Potted Plant Drip Watering Kit will drip
up to 8 plants or spray up to 3 plants.
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You want to protect your plants from the frost. After all you work
very hard all summer to keep them looking their best. Don't let the
frost hurt or even kill your precious plants.
You can take a few easy steps to protect your plants from a frost.
Step 1: Cover your plants with bed sheets if you know it is going to frost that
night or day. You may need to use stakes if the weight of the sheet is pulling
your plants over. You can also use light blankets or plastic as long as it does
not smother the plant. Remember a plant is a living thing and needs air.
Step 2: Remember to remove the covers once the temp
rises again the next day.
Step 3: If it is going to be longer than 1 day of frost you
can cover your plants with straw or mulch and remove
once the danger of frost is over.
Step 4: You can snuggle your potted plants close together
under a shelter to help protect them from the frost.
Step 5: You can use a low watt out door light to help keep
the frost off your plants as well.
Thank you for reading. Have a great winter!
Watering you plants is very important. Without water they will die. If you give them too much water
they may die as well. If you water them at the wrong time of day you could hurt them as well.
So, when is the best time to water your plants?
Mornings tend to be the best time to water your plants. The mornings are best for a few reasons.
For starters it is cool in the morning so the amount of water lost due to evaporation is lower
than if you were to water during the mid-day hours. Some people like to water their plants at night.
The problem with watering at night is that the plants remain damp all night and can become
damaged due to fungal and bacterial diseases.
As for how much water your plants should get depends on the age. If they are new plants
they will need extra water until the roots take hold. If you have a established plant then
the roots may be deep enough to reach the damp soil. as for how to water your plants
it is best to use a drip system instead or a regular sprinkler that waste a lot of water and
drenches the leaves which do not need the water.
If you are looking for a great low-flow irrigation system that will take care of all your
watering concerns Mister Landscaper has it all. They have great DIY low-flow
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Growing up I always thought pumpkins were only good for carving during Halloween.
As time goes on I am finding out that you can use pumpkins for a lot of reasons.
You can make a pie, bake the seeds, plant flowers in them, use the shell as
a drink dispenser use them for the head of a scare crow, and paint them.
The list keeps growing.
Pumpkins are great for many reasons.
The pumpkin it's self is also good for you. Pumpkins are a great source of vitamins
They have beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C. Pumpkin can also help prevent
hardening of the arteries.
Next time you go to the pumpkin patch or local super market you might want to pick up a
pumpkin for one of these great reasons.
Mister Landscaper want's to wish all of you a wonderful week.
Don't let all those fruits and vegetables go to waist. You can can them easier than you think.
Simply follow the step by step instructions and you will be eating your own canned
fruits and vegetables all winter long.
1. The first thing you need is the fruits or vegetables. Be sure to throw out or
cut off all the rotten pieces.
Next you want to wash them really good to remove dirt and chemicals.
2. The temp you use for canning depends on the type of food you want to can.
If it's vegetables the
temp. must be 240 F till all the harmful bacteria is destroyed. This can be done
with a steam pressure canner.
3. If you are canning fruit (tomatoes included) they have a high level of acid and
require heat processing of 212 F. This is reached by using a boiling-water canner.
4. It is important that you use the most up to date guide lines for canning your fruits
and vegetables. Be sure that the cook book is newer and double check the canning
process with an additional up to date source before you begin. If you go to the Ball or
Kerr web site you will get the most up to date canning instructions.
5. When you are ready to fill your jars with the hot content be sure you leave extra space at the top
of the jar. Use a wooden spoon to help get all the air out of the hot food.
Push the spoon down the inside of the jar all the way around and carefully push
the food down. This should get most of the air out.
6. Next, clean the rim of the jar with a clean damp cloth. Place the warm heated lid on top of the jar.
Now you can screw the band down nice and tight. It does not have to be really tight. You should be
able to get it off using only your finger tips.
7. Now you can carefully remove the jars from the canner and place them on a counter to
cool. You might want to put a towel down first. Do not tighten the loads more at this point.
Just let the jars cool.
8. Wait 24 hours or more before checking the lids to make sure they sealed. You can check by
pushing down on the center cap. If it does not move it is sealed. If it does move this meant the
jar did not seal and you will need to refrigerate it and eat it first.
9. The last step is to labile date and store for later.
10. You are done and ready to enjoy your fruits and vegetables all winter long.