Friday, October 5, 2012

Garden Harvesting In The Fall 2012

                   Welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou Elliott. Today we would like to talk about your fall harvest in your garden, the first garden vegetable we are going to talk about is the Butternut Squash.  Butternut Squash is called a winter squash, and they are so delicious, and can be prepared in many different ways. Butternut Squash is very healthy for us to eat, and high in fiber. Like I said before in our garden blog, not only are the vegetables good for us, when you raise your own garden you will save a lot of money for you and your family.

                    OK, how you can tell when it is time to harvest your Butternut Squash, it is when the vine start changing colors from the pretty bright green you seen all summer long to a brown color. You will need to wait until the vine look like it has died to get all that good flavor of the butternut squash. Make sure to cut the vine 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the  butternut squash, and then your butternut squash will last all winter long. Just store your butternut squash in a cool dry place, not too hot or too cold about 50 to 70 degrees is best or room temperature will be fine.

                      To see all of our garden pictures from the start of  2012 To the harvest click here> Our Garden Pictures 2012  JOIN US ON FaceBook

                     Some more good news, my wife Marilou is going to share with you, one of our favorite ways to prepare Butternut Squash, it is so delicious, you going to love it.

                     Well, that is it for today on Garden The Easy Way. Until next time, this is Ken and Marilou wishing you Happy Gardening Always !                

    



Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fresh Garden Vegetables

              Good day to you all, and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way.  

              So very hot here today we had over 20 days in a row with high heat from 99 to 103, we are 10 inches down from rain fall, we have been in a severe drought. I feel so bad for all our farmers, so many of them have to sell their cattle because they are not getting any rain on the pasture so the grass can grow for the cattle to eat, so many farmer have to sell their cattle because the hay is so high cost to buy. So please join us in a prayer for rain, to help save the farmer. ( When the farmer hurts we all will on down the line later.)

              We can help you save your garden from dying too early, just look at our garden blog pictures and you will see what we are doing to save our delicious garden vegetables. We just added some new pictures today Sunday July-22-12.https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.436452536387520.103684.100000683327129&type=3 When the temperature get over 90 degrees water well, ( Water 1-hour after sun down. )


              Well that's it for today here on Garden The Easy Way. This is Ken and Marilou, wishing you all Happy Gardening Always !

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Garden The Easy Way ( New Garden Pictures )

                Hello welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.      

                 Today we took a few more pictures of our garden to share in our Garden The Easy Way blog and to share with our friends on facebook. To see our garden pictures click here--> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.436452536387520.103684.100000683327129&type=3  If you would like to be friends with us on Facebook just send a friends request to Ken Elliott Rogersville, Missouri USA.         

                 This year Marilou and I decided we would share our pictures of our garden as it grow from month to month, WOW ! even we were a little amaze what a very big difference 3-4 weeks make in the growing of a garden. There is nothing in this world that taste as good as your very own fresh garden vegetables, they are so delicious, so much better than store bought. When you buy from a store the fruit and vegetables are picked green or too early, with your garden you do not pick early, you wait until it is ready. Tomatoes should be picked when they are dark red not green and shipped in.        

                We also have a lot of garden information on how to make a vegetable garden and how to make a flower garden, and how to grow beautiful roses. Marilou and I share with you in our Garden The Easy Way blog some very delicious home recipes, we would like to say a big Thank You out to Mr. Paul Schneider of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Schneider said he loved our Home Made Blackberry Pie Recipe.    

                Well, that is it here for today on Garden The Easy Way, until next time this is Ken and Marilou, wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Garden The Easy Way ( To Save Your Garden From The Hot Sun And Heat )

              Good  afternoon to you all, this is June 28 Thursday afternoon, but the way the weather feels you would think it is August 28, it is so hot and dry here, no rain for over 2 weeks. We would like to welcome you all back here today on Garden The Easy Way.      

              Today we have something very important to share with you all on how to save your garden from the hot sun and heat.  

               "WOW" ! very hot here today, 101 new record temperature here in Rogersville, Mo. As most of you know so many people lose their garden due to the hot summer heat every year, well we have some good news you can save your garden with just a little work, and a few things to do, and what not to do. I have been gardening for over 40 years and I can help you.

1. Build a frame out of 8-ft boards 1x4 wood, and hang up a tarp on one side to keep the hot sun off your garden in the hot afternoon.  

2.  After the weather gets over 85 degrees ( NEVER ) water your garden in the morning or during the day. I know lots of gardening books would tell you watering in the morning is best, but after the weather gets over 85 degrees stop watering your garden in the morning. If you do water in the morning or during the day, you could kill your garden. Always after the temperature get to 85 degrees or more water your garden 1 hour after sun down.  

        To see what our garden look like so far this year click here->  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.436452536387520.103684.100000683327129&type=3

              Well that is it for today here on Garden The Easy Way. We hope we have been some help to you, until next time this is Ken and Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Garden The Easy Way ( How To Make And Grow Vegetable Garden )

               Good Sunday afternoon to you all, and welcome back here today on " Garden The Easy Way ". This is Ken and Marilou Elliott and we are from Rogersville Mo. USA.      

               Today we have some pictures to share with you all, and some garden information you may not know about.   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.436452536387520.103684.100000683327129&type=3 

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                I have been gardening for over 45 years, and in that time I have learned a lot, things to do and things not to do, to have a good garden.  

                You all are welcome to check out our Garden Blog, to find out how to plant and grow a vegetable garden.

                Fresh vegetables out of your garden are so delicious, about 100 times better than store bought, and a vegetable garden will save you and your family a lot of money.

   Friday- May-27- 12                                                                                 Sunday - June-24-12
                We will also show you how to plant and grow a beautiful flower garden, and to grow beautiful Roses even in pots!



                                                                             
Well we will close for today,Until Next Time Good Gardening Always, Ken & Marilou

Monday, May 28, 2012

Getting The Garden Ready For Spring Planting

                  Welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.        

                   First thing today we would like to say it is Memorial Day, and we want to say "Thank you for All those that has paid a Big Price so that we all could live in Peace, and be a FREE Country ". Thank You All and God Bless You All, and the whole world we all live in.      

                   Getting the garden ready for spring planting is a little work but it is sure worth it 100 times over, with the high cost of garden vegetables, and taste is also 100 times better than store bought vegetables. My wife and I even freeze vegetables so we can have them in the winter.     

                    The first thing you need to do in getting your garden ready is pick-up all the rocks and sticks and grass, work-up your soil well with a garden tiller or shovel, dig down 10-12 inches is best.   

                    You should put back in the soil what you took out the year before by adding compost and cow or horse manure, mix up well after adding. Do not over feed your garden with manure, it is hot and will dry out a garden quick, but manure is very good for your garden so make sure to use it.     

                    What I like to do is mix 1- shovel of cow or horse manure to 4-shovel of compost, mix it up well in a wheelbarrow and then I will spread it with my shovel all over my garden about 3-4 inches deep and then till the garden well or you can use a shovel, just make sure to mix well down to 10-12 inches.   

                    After mixing well get your garden rake and level your garden, make your rows in the garden with your garden hoe, or you can use your fingers after planting any vegetable. It is always best to water well after planting.   

                    When planting tomato plants, make your hole extra bigger than the plant roots, it will help them to grow bigger quicker. Before you put your tomato plant in the hole, fill the hole up with water and set your tomato plant down in the water, let it set for a 1-2 minutes before planting, this will keep your tomato plant from going in shock and stress.     

                    Never let your vegetable plants or your tomato plants go completely dry, they will die.  

                    We are adding some garden pictures of last year garden and some early spring garden pictures this year 2012.                    8-Tomato Plants Over 8-1/2 Ft. August 2011
                  Spring May-2012
                     Well that's it for today here on Garden The Easy Way, until next time this is Ken and Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blackberry Pie ( How To Make )

                   Hello! We hope you are having a good day today, this is Ken and Marilou from Garden The Easy Way.  

                   We shared with you on our last Garden The Easy Way blog, how to plant and grow your own Blackberries. Today we would like to share with you how to make a delicious Blackberry Pie. Blackberry Pie is for sure one of everyone favorites Pies.

                    I can remember back as a boy, when we would pick wild Blackberries, we always ask Mom to make a Blackberry Pie, you know yet today nothing is better than a big slice of blackberry pie with a glass of milk.  Enjoy !      

                                      Blackberry Pie        ( How To Make )  

Things You Will Need:  

* 5 cups of blackberries
* 1/2 cup flour ( whole wheat )
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2 deep dish pie shells  for the top of Pie
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 2 tablespoons of brown sugar  


Preparations:

1. Combine the blackberries, flour and sugar. Mix well until there is no white coating on the berries.

2. Put the berries in a deep dish pie shell and cover with a second pie shell. Crimp the edges of the top pie shell to secure to the bottom shell.

3. Brush the top pie crust with milk. Sprinkle it with brown sugar.

4. Bake the blackberry pie in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Other Options:
    * You brush the bottom of the pie crust with egg white before adding the blackberries to prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
    * You can also add a few tablespoons of butter on top of the berries before putting on the top crust for a more buttery flavor.  


Tips & Warnings:

* If you are using frozen blackberries make sure that the berries are well thawed before making the pie.

* The pie is best made with freshly picked wild blackberries, but tame blackberries also make a very delicious pie too !  

                Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again on Garden The Easy Way. This is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blackberries ( How To Grow )

                  Welcome back here today with us on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou and today we want to talk about Blackberries.

                   Blackberries are one of Americas favorite berries and you can prepare them in many different ways. You can make a delicious Blackberry Pie or Blackberry Cobbler, Blackberry Jelly or delicious Blackberry Jam.

                    I can remember back many years ago as a small boy, picking wild blackberries outside of a little country town in Southern Missouri by the name of Birch Tree Missouri. You could pick a 5 gallon bucket of blackberries in about an hour at the little country store down town, they would give you $2.00 for a 5 gallon bucket, not much money for being in the hot sun and getting the blood scratch out of your arms and hands back and legs. The wild Blackberries have sharp thorns. Oh yes! we always had to pick off a lot of ticks, but back in those days there were not very many jobs out there for a boy out of school for the summer, so we picked wild blackberries. My Mom would can blackberries around 200 quarts every year in the summer in a old granite cooking kettle, it held 7 quarts jars, it set on a old wood cook stove that set in the yard. My brother and I would keep putting wood in to keep the fire going. Fresh blackberries are very delicious as a boy looking back, I remember my brother and I always had dark purple lips and tongue while picking berries.

                   We were poor country people but we were happy people, back in those days and after all the years have past us by I now know what the older people meant when they said back in the Good Old Day!

                   We still have a lot of wild blackberries here in Southern Missouri, we even have a few in our backyard, but there are lots of different kinds of tame blackberries. Some of them are thorn less, and they are the most popular because they are thorn less. All blackberries grow best in full sun, and almost all varieties are self-fruitful, meaning that you need to plant only one cultivar. As a rule of thumb, five or six plants will produce enough berries for a family of four. Each blossom will produce a sweet, juicy blackberry. But there is one blackberry thorn less that is most peoples favorite blackberry to plant. It is called  "Triple Crown Blackberry " Sweetest Thornless Blackberry

                   All blackberries taste good but there are some that taste sweeter than others. The Triple Crown Blackberry is the number one choice for those people that want to plant blackberries. All Blackberries will grow just about anywhere  and today we would like to share with you how to plant and grow the Americas number one choice of Blackberries, the " Triple Crown Blackberry".

            Triple Crown Blackberry    ( How To Plant )                

Things You Will Need:  

* Garden Tiller  
* Shovels and Pick
* Garden Hoses
* Manure ( Aged Cow Manure )
* Mulch  
* Plants
* Fertilizers 10-10-10  
* Two 8' pressure-treated 4x4

                  Since blackberries are perennial plants that come back year after year, it's worth your time to get the soil prepared correctly. Blackberries grow best in fertile, well-drained soil. Blackberries do best if the soil pH is slightly acidic, somewhere between 5.5 and 7.0. Take a soil pH test and if necessary, add lime to raise the pH or sulfur to lower the pH. The best time to plant blackberries is early Spring or late Fall.


1. Always choose a site that gets full sun, the more sun your blackberry get the better they will do, they must have a lot of sun to produce a lot of berries. Pick out a spot that will be out of your everyday living because you are making a permanent bed.  

2. Get your garden tiller and work up the soil well. pick out all the rocks and roots. Go to your local nursery and pick out your plants.

3. Build a Trellises. Blackberry trellises are simple to build and require only a few dollars worth of materials. To build a simple trellis, sink two 8' pressure-treated 4x4 posts 3' deep in the ground. If you're working in sandy soil, you can add a quick-setting mortar mix to anchor the posts. In clay soil, simply tamp down the soil to hold the posts in place.

    The posts can be set anywhere from 10' to 20' apart. Make two marks on each post, one mark at 2-1/2' off the ground and the other mark at 4-1/2' off the ground. Then, at those marks, attach 9-gauge coated wire to the posts with staples.    

    During the first growing season, blackberries don't need to be trained to a trellis. Starting the second year, the canes should be tied to the trellis. One method involves loosely tying primocanes to the wire as they develop. The best time to start is before the buds swell in early spring. When the canes are tall enough to reach the top wire, tie them horizontally along the wire. Another method some gardeners use it to train only the floricanes to the trellis and let the primocanes sprawl on the ground.

4. Dig your hole about 16 inches deep and about 16 inches across in the bottom.  

5. Put about 3 inches of age cow manure in the bottom of the hole, put about 4 inches of good top soil, no rocks or roots and mix up well with your shovel. repeat until you get to the top.

6. Using your hands, dig out the soil and manure that you just put in the hole to the same depth as they were in the nursery,  put all root down deep and cover well. After planting water well.

7. Spacing 4 feet rows 12 feet apart, spread 6-7 ft.    

                          Triple Crown Blackberries ripen late July, enjoy your delicious Blackberries!!!



                  Well that's it for today from Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken & Marilou  hoping to talk to you again soon, until then Happy Gardening Always!!!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apricot Jelly ( How To Make )

Hello,  and welcome back with us today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou. On our last blog we shared with you how to plant apricot trees, and how to grow the delicious apricot !

Apricots are so delicious to eat fresh off the tree, but when you have your own tree or trees you will have so many apricots you will need to do something with them all, You can give a lot of them away, or if you like apricot Jam and Jelly with your morning toast you can, make it your self it is very easy to do!

 Today we would like to share with you how to make a delicious apricot jelly ! Most recipes always want you to put a lot of sugar in your jams and jelly but if your fruit is sweet you can, cut back on a lot of that sugar, as we all know too much sugar is not good for us. Another good thing about making your own jam or jelly you can put as much or as little sugar as you want !  We hope you like this apricots jelly recipe.   Enjoy !

                                                       Apricot Jelly

Ingredients:  

7 cups peeled pitted chopped apricots
2 1/2 cups water  
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups sugar
2 (3 ounce) envelopes liquid pectin  

Directions:

1. Combine apricots and water.

2. Over medium heat bring mixture to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to a simmer gently for 5 minutes.

4. Take pan off heat; skim and let set 30 minutes.

5. Sieve the apricots and strain juice from pulp (use pulp in apricot jam).

6. Line sieve with 4 layers of clean damp cheese cloth.

7. Strain; cover the juice and refrigerate overnight.

8. Ladle the juice from container, being careful not to disturb the sediment from bottom using 3 cups of juice.  

9. To make the jelly, combine juices when they are warm add sugar.

10. Stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved, bring to a rolling boil.

11. Pour pectin in, bring to a rolling boil again, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

12. Remove pan from heat; skim off foam.

13. Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.

14. Water bath for 15 minutes.  

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.





                                   

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Apricot Trees ( How To Grow )

                  Hello and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

                  Today we will share with you, how to plant Apricot Trees. Apricots are a very delicious fruit, I just love eating fresh Apricots, and I think most anyone out there would love eating them too, but there is nothing like having your very own Garden Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. The taste is 10 times better than store bought, just try it and you  too will say " wow so delicious".  

                 We have some more good news, Apricot trees are easy to grow, they are just like most fruit trees, they like full sun. We like the Goldcot Apricot Tree, the best sweet golden fruit by mid July. Great for fresh eating and great for canning.  

                  Planting an apricot tree will provide you with fresh fruit for years to come. Apricot trees come in self-pollinating varieties and in varieties that require another tree for pollination. If you choose a variety that requires another tree for pollination, plant them close to each other. Apricot trees generally produce fruit by the third season after planting; trees that are dwarf varieties will produce less fruit than standard sized trees. Select your apricot tree size to fit your planting site.    

Things You'll Need  

* Spade
* Compost
* Stakes
* Twine  

Instructions:  

1. Select your planting site. Apricot trees require full sun. Northern climates can be challenging growing environments for apricot trees because a late spring frost date can kill the blossoms and therefore keep the tree from producing fruit for that season. Planting the apricot tree in a sheltered spot on the northern side of a wall or home will slow the rate the tree warms in the spring and may keep it from blossoming too soon. Well-drained soil is important to prevent root rot.

2. Time your planting to coincide with early spring. Purchase an apricot tree that is still dormant, meaning no leaves have emerged yet on the branches. A younger tree with bare roots is ideal.  

3. Dig a hole deep enough and wide enough to accommodate the largest roots of the apricot tree. There should be adequate room to spread out the tree roots without crowding them.  

4. Make a small mound of dirt in the center of the hole and place the tree on the mound, then gently extend the roots out away from the center of the hole.  

5. Layer in the original soil with compost as you fill the hole. The compost will provide extra nutrients to your growing tree.

6. If your tree is young and your planting site is prone to wind, you may need to stake your tree. Use two or three strong stakes placed in the ground outside of the circle you dug for planting so as not to disturb the roots. use twine to tie the trunk of the apricot tree to the supporting stakes.  

Tips & Warnings:

* Standard apricot trees should be planted 25 feet apart; dwarf varieties should be planted 10-12 feet apart.  

* Diseases and insects native to your location could harm your apricot tree; contact a local arborist or gardening expert for advice specific to your region.  

                   Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

               

Monday, March 19, 2012

Plum Jelly Homemade ( How To Make )

                 Good day to you all and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way. This is Ken and Marilou.  

                 We shared with you how you can plant and grow your very own Plum Trees and have lots of delicious Plum. Today we would like to share a very delicious treat with you how to make homemade Plum Jelly.  

                 Homemade Plum Jelly is so much better than the store bought. Homemade is so delicious and it is so easy to make, and I promise you, everyone will want your home made recipe.   ( ENJOY !!!)    

                               Plum Jelly Homemade       ( How To Make )  

Ingredients:  

* 3 pounds of ripe plums  
* 1/2 cup of water  
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 7 1/2 cups sugar  
* 1 package commercial pectin

Supplies:  

* Large, non-aluminum pot with lid
* 4 to 6 Pint canning jars and lids  

Preparations:  

1. Cut the plums. Cut each plum fruit into eighths, and discard the pits.  Make sure the plums are ripe, or they will not cook correctly.  

2. Sterilizing the jars. Place the jars and lids into boiling water for 10 minutes. When done, leave the simmering water as you prepare the plum jelly.  

3. Cook the plums. Place the plum slices, water, and lemon juice in a large stockpot. Bring to a over medium-high heat, stirring often.  Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir occasionally until the fruit is soft. You should end up with about 4 1/2 cups of plum syrup. You want to pour it through a sieve or strainer get a smoother texture, but this is not necessary.

4. Add sugar. Now, stir in the sugar and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to help sugar dissolve. Once it has dissolved, add the pectin. Continue to stir and boil for a minute, and then remove from the heat. Let the mixture rest for a minute, and then skim off any foam or top. This is an important step of the plum recipe.

5. Canning the jelly. Carefully remove the jars and lids from the simmering water. Pour even and of the jelly into each jar, leaving 1/4" to 1/8" of space at the top of each rim. Wipe the rims to ensure a good seal, and screw on the lids. Then, place in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes so the jars will seal. Jelly recipes require the lids to be on securely.  

6. Storage and serving. Remove the jars from the boiling water and let sit for several hours without disturbing them. Be careful when removing them, as they will be quite hot. Special jar-holding made for canning come in handy for this task. Once the jars have sat undisturbed for an hours check the seals. As long as the lids do not pop up when you press down in the center, they be sealed correctly and you can store them on a shelf that is cool and dry for up to a year. One may not seal correctly; store these jars in the refrigerator and use the jelly soon.

** Tips **

Plum jelly is a delicious treat for bread, crackers, or toast. You can also use it to top pancakes waffles.  Easy to make, it is also an impressive gift. People who receive gifts like these always want a copy of the homemade jelly recipes so they can make the fruit recipes themselves.  

                 Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

     

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Plum Trees ( How To Plant )

               Hello, and welcome back here today this is Ken and Marilou on Garden The Easy Way.    

               Today we would like to talk about a fruit that is loved all over the world, we are talking about Plums, and we will share with you how to plant and grow your very own sweet delicious Plums.

               Plums are native to China, America, and Europe. Today there are more than 200 cultivars being grown.  There are two main types of plums, European and Japanese, being marketed today. Generally, Japanese plums are larger than European plums. European plums have high sugar content so they are often dried and used for making prunes. European plums are generally late bloomers so they are well suited for areas with late frosts or cool springs. Japanese plums ripen earlier than European varieties.    

              Plum trees may or may not need pollinators. Some are self fruitful and some need another plum tree for pollination purposes. Most European plums will either benefit from or require cross-pollination from another European variety. Many Japanese plums require pollinators. Follow nursery recommendations for suitable pollinizers. Plum trees are fast growing and usually begin producing fruit in 3 to 5 years after planting.

             Plums are rich in dietary fiber that is effective in improving digestion. They are low in calories and contain ample amounts of vitamins C, calcium, potassium, and carbohydrates. Plums are excellent when eaten fresh and are great addition in salads. They are used for pies, desserts, jams and jellies.  

             The number #1 World Famous Plum is the Sweet Santa Rose Plum, the most popular plum tree for commercial use and home growing.  These trees produce a lot of sweet flavored dark purple fruit. The Santa Rosa tree takes up very little space, yet produces bushels of fruit.


             Plum Tree are just like most of the other fruit tree, they must be planted in full sun. When you go to your local nursery ask for a Dwarf Santa Rosa Plum, height: 5-7 ft.    

             Plums have three main needs, warmth ( especially important at pollination time, light and moisture. Plums flower earlier in the season than most other fruit trees, so they should not be planted in a frost-pocket. If your garden is in a cool area, avoid early flowering varieties good varieties to choose are Czar, Victoria or Marjorie's Seedling.  

             Plum trees prefer to be positioned in full sun, although some shade in the morning or afternoon will not affect them much.

            As far as moisture is concerned, do not plant in a water-logged area, but make sure the soil is unlikely to dry out. Don't plant them near other trees which will simply deprive them of the moisture they need.

                                                 (  How To Plant Plum Tree )  

            Technically, you can plant your plum tree any time from late Autumn to early Spring. The best time to plant is in October when the soil is moist but still retains some of the summer warmth.  

            Soil preparation is best done a month or more before planting so that the soil has time to settle. Dig a 60cm ( 2ft ) deep by 1.2m ( 4ft ) square hole, incorporating as much organic material as possible, aim to get the soil crumbly. Always water well after planting, and never let your new trees go dry to long without, the first year is so important for new trees !

            Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken and Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

 



     

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pear Trees ( How To Plant )

               Good day to you all and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

               Today we have another delicious fruit. We would like to talk about pear and also how to plant Pear Trees. There are lots of different kind of Pears, and Pears are a delicious fruit, but not only that Pears are very good for our health, Pears contain Vitamins C and B complex, Fiber, Potassium and Carbohydrates. The most popular #1 Pear in the world wide is Bartlett Pear since its introduction in 1797. This multi-purpose Pear is a long standing favorite of orchard and home fruit enthusiasts alike.  

               The Bartlett look good growing just about anywhere in your front yard or back yard. Bartlett Pear trees are beautiful trees with dark green leaves in the spring. Bartlett pear trees are load with little white flowers, which will turn into golden yellow delicious pear. Excellent choice for both seasoned and first time fruit growers.    

              Instructions:  
Things You'll Need

* Pruning shears
* Garden shovel
* Knife  

Choosing a Pear Tree  

1. Go to a local nursery or home and garden shop to buy a pear tree.

2. Choose a 4 to 6 foot high tree with 5/8 inch or more diameter. A 1 to 2 year old tree contains stronger roots and has four or five branches.

3. Consider either trees that pollinate themselves (you need only one) or cross-pollination trees (you need at least two) for fruit. Cross-pollination pear trees need to bloom at the same time; check the tag for matching Pollination Code letters.    

Planting a Pear Tree  

1. Plant trees 20 to 25 feet apart after the last spring frost in an area with all or most of the day sun. Plant dwarf trees closer, 10 to 15 feet, and for small trees like Bartlett, space 15 feet.

2. snip off limbs below 18 inches from the ground with pruning shears.

3. Determine the root spread, then with a garden shovel dig a hole wider than the roots.  

4. Cut the sides of the fiber pot with a knife to plant with the tree, but remove a plastic pot.  

5. Set the tree in the ground and fill hole with dirt. Pack the soil around the trunk.  

6. Water the planting area well.  

7. add soil to build up depressions from the watering.  

8. Ripens in late August.  

***TIPS & WARNINGS***    

* Optimum growing soil is non-gravel, with a pH of 5.9 to 6.5.  

* Soak dry roots of a newly bought tree before planting.  

* Avoid planting Seckel and Bartlett trees together because they can't pollinate each other.  

* Don't plant Waite or Magness trees for pollen because they're sterile; however planting other varieties with the same Pollination Code ensure pollination for these two trees.  

             Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.  

             

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cherry Cobbler ( How To Make )

               Good day to you all today, this is Ken and Marilou with you here today on Garden The Easy Way.  

               Marilou and I have a good cherry cobbler recipe to share with you all today. Marilou found it on the Internet, we have not tried it yet but we will soon, it sound so delicious. This Cherry Cobbler is so quick and easy to make. ( ENJOY ! ).        

** Cherry Cobbler **  

Prep Time: 15 minutes  
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 servings  

Ingredients:

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling  
1 cup Original Bisquick mix
1/4 cup milk  
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened  

Preparations:    

1. Spread pie filling in ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Place in cold oven. Heat oven to 400 F, let heat 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven.  

2. While pie filling is heating, stir remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Drop by 6 spoonfuls onto warm pie filling. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.  

3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is light brown.  

Tips:  
** Serve warm cobbler with cream, ice cream or whipped cream.  

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cherry Pie ( How To Make )

               Welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

                Yesterday we shared with you how to plant and grow cherry trees, so you could have your very own cherries, well today we want to share with you how to make a good USA cherry pie. I think if you  would ask 500 people here in the good old USA what is their favorite pie, at least 350 of them would say that sweet bright red beautiful cherry pie. Yes it is so very beautiful and delicious and here is how you make it.          

                                                                ( ENJOY ! )  

INGREDIENTS:

* 5 cups fresh pitted cherries
* 1 1/4 cups sugar
* 1/3 cup flour
* 1 to 2 tbsp. butter
* Pie crust  

PREPARATIONS:

1. Pit the cherries. If you don't have a cherry pitter, cut a circle around each cherry with a knife and pull it apart with your fingers to remove the pits.

2. Mix sugar and cherries in a large bowl and leave standing for 20 minutes.

3. Mix flour into the cherry and sugar mixture. Pour into pie shell.

4. Cut up small bits of butter and place them in the filling.

5. Top the filled pie shell with a lattice crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Cooking time may vary by 5 minutes. In high altitudes, bake at 400 degrees.

6. Cool the pie on a wire rack and serve at room temperature.  

TIPS & WARNINGS:

* Let set and cool down 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

* You can serve with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.

                Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cherry Trees ( How To Plant )

               Good day to you all and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

               Today we are going to share with you how to plant cherry trees. Cherry Trees need plenty of room to grow, they can grow up to 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide depending on the variety you are planting. Cherry Trees look so good growing in a yard or in a field with other cherry trees.

               Both sweet and sour cherries are good choices for the home garden. Sour cherries are often used in pies and are widely adapted to different climates. Sweet cherries do not grow well in warm climates and usually need a second cherry tree nearby for pollination. Both trees require pruning and training to grow correctly and produce fruit.

              With regularly pruning the tree grows to at least 25 feet. Dwarf cherry trees usually reach 6 to 10 feet. Sour cherries grow to 20 feet tall and wide; dwarf varieties grow 6 to 8 feet high.

              Sweet and sour cherry trees can be pruned the same way. They need to have a central stem and open centers. Once mature, the trees require pruning only to remove damaged or weak branches. Sweet cherry trees are pruned to 25 feet tall. Sour cherry trees are often pruned to 15 feet tall.    

               Cherry trees are relatively delicate and seldom live for more than 20 years, most people feel that they are well worth the extra care that they need because they are so beautiful and yield such tasty fruit. You can significantly prolong the life of your cherry tree while decreasing the amount of daily work that you must invest in it by planting it correctly. A little forethought and planning can go a long way toward making your tree healthier and more productive.      

                                                    **  How To Plant a Cherry Tree **

Things You Will Need:  

* Shovel
* Fertilizer  
* Weed whacker

1. Select a site that gets plenty of sunlight. Cherry trees love sunlight. Avoid planting in a sunken area where the wind and sun cannot reach your tree.  

2. Make sure that that the soil is moderately acidic and well drained. You may need to use fertilizer that is specially designed for cherry trees if your soil is naturally acidic. If you do not know what the pH of your soil is, take a sample to your local garden center and ask for help. Soil that is slightly elevated tends to drain better, so if you have any low hills or rises in your yard, this can be a good site for the cherry tree.

3. Avoid areas where cherry, peach or plum trees have grown before. These types of trees all need the same nutrients and the soil will not be as good for the tree.

4. Plant in early spring. Cherry trees should be placed in the ground as early in the spring as possible, but late enough that all risk of a frost has passed.  

5. Plant the tree in a clear area that gives it at least 20 feet on all sides. You may need to clear the area if there is a lot of brush on all sides. You can do this with a weed whacker or a hoe.

* Tips & Warnings *

 Cherry trees are very susceptible to a wild plant called Choke Cherry. If you are planting your tree in an area that has been recently cleared, make sure that you keep an eye out for this weed.  

 Scale insects are the most common pest to cherry trees. Use oil spray to kills and prevent an infestation. Pruning and discarding diseased fruit can control common diseases, such as blossom blight and brown rot.  

               Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Peach Cobbler Grandma's Old Fashioned ( How To Make )

              Hello! and we welcome you all back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

              Today we have a very delicious Peach Cobbler to share with you all, the name is " Grandma's Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler".  

                                                               ( ENJOY ! )  

Ingredients:  

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup cold water    
5 pounds fresh peaches-peeled, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted  

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and salt. Work in the shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and cold water. Sprinkle over flour mixture, and work with hands to form dough into a ball. Chill 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll out half of dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9x13 inch baking dish, covering bottom and halfway up sides. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

3. In a large saucepan, mix the peaches, lemon juice, and orange juice. Add 1/2 cup butter, and cook over medium-low heat until butter is melted. In a mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cornstarch; mix into peach mixture. Remove from heat, and pour into baked crust.  

4. Roll remaining dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut into half-inch-wide strips. Weave strips into a lattice over peaches. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until top crust is golden brown.

                Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Peach Pie ( How To Make )

               Good day to you all today here on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

                We shared with you all, how to plant and grow your very own peach trees, so you can have your fresh peaches, but today we have a very good recipe. we have a delicious Peach Pie Recipe!  

                                                             ( ENJOY ! )    

INSTRUCTIONS:    

Things You Will Need

* unbaked pastry dough for a double-crust, 12-inch pie
* 6-7 c. peeled, sliced fresh peaches ( about 3 1/2 to 4 lb. )  
* juice of 1 lemon
* 1/2 sugar to 1 cup to taste  
* 4 tbsp. flour  
* 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
* 3 tbsp. butter, cut up  
* 2 egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water  
* Pastry Brushes
* 12 inch pan
* Rolling Pins  

1. Have unbaked pastry dough ready- it should be refrigerated at least 20 minutes and can even be made the day before and kept chilled.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  

3. Toss peaches lightly in a bowl with lemon juice, sugar, flour and spices.  

4. Sprinkle a little more flour onto your work surface.  

5. Divide the dough into balls, one slightly larger than the other. Roll out the larger ball into a circle about 1/8-inch thick and a bit larger than the pan.  

6. Transfer the rolled dough to the pie pan- it's easier to lift if you drape it over the rolling pin first. Don't stretch the dough to fit in the pan.  

7. Trim the edges to a 1-inch overhang. Add the peaches to the dough-lined pan, piling them up slightly in the center. Dot with the cut-up butter.  

8. Roll out the other dough ball into a circle about 1/8-inch thick. Place it on top of the peaches and trim the edges to a 1-inch overhang.

9. Fold the top crust over the lower crust and press them together with your fingers. Crimp the edges decoratively, then cut a few vents in the top crust to let steam escape.

10. Brush the egg-water mixture onto the top crust. It will form a shiny glaze as the pie bakes.  

11. Place the pie in the oven and bake 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes.

TIPS & WARNINGS:  

* Peaches can vary in sweetness, so feel free to vary the amount of sugar to taste.  

* To peel peaches easily, drop them into boiling water for about 2 minutes. Remove them to a bowl of ice water. The skins should come off easily.  

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou, wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Peach Trees ( How To Grow From Seed )

               Good day to you all today, this is Ken and Marilou with you on Garden The Easy Way.  

               Today, we are going to talk about Peaches and Peach Trees and how easy it is to have your very own peach trees. Peaches are probably the most popular fruit to eat of most people, because they are truly delicious fruit.

              There are some parts of the country that peach trees will not grow. The best zones to grow peaches in the USA are zones 5 to 9, you can buy different kind of peaches, and pick out the one kind of peach you think taste the best and save the pits. just put them in a plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant.    

              There are some things to keep in mind when you plant Peach Tree.      

1. Always remember you are planting a peach tree, and where you put it, it will be there for quite a few years, so keep that in mind.  

2. Peach Trees like full sun, and need room to grow and branch out. Plant in the fall.  

3. before planting work up your soil well, picking out all the rocks, tree roots and grass roots. Dig down 24 inches and 36 inches across, in a circle you will plant the peach pit in the center of the circle.  

4. Plant your peach pits 4 inches deep in the soil and plant them in a row. Mark the rows, mulch them and water well after planting. Never let your peach trees dry out for long period of time.      

                                                      ( ENJOY YOUR PEACHES!!!)  

TIPS & WARNINGS:  

* Peach pits have a greater chance of germinating if you crack the outside of the pit before planting. Be careful not to damage the seed inside. If the seed is damaged, it will not germinate. Vise grips work well for cracking open the pit without damaging the seed.    

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou, wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Apple Homemade Cobbler ( How To Bake )

               Thank  you all for being here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

               Today we have a very delicious recipe to share with you, and we know you all are going to love it. Apple Homemade Cobbler, so very delicious.  ( ENJOY !!!)        


** Ingredients **

 Apple Filling:  

 6 cups tart apples, peeled, sliced
 1/2 cup sugar
 2 tablespoons flour  
 1 teaspoon cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1/4 cup milk
 1 tablespoon butter, softened    

Topping:  

 1/2 cup flour, sifted  
 1/4 cup sugar
 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt  
 2 tablespoons butter, softened
 2 eggs, slightly beaten  

Preparation:    

1. In a medium bowl, combine apples, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, vanilla and milk. Turn into a lightly inch square pan. Dot apples with 1 tablespoon butter.  

2. Combine all topping ingredients. beat with wooden spoon until batter is smooth. Drop batter in 9 portions, over the apples, spacing evenly spread during baking. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees F or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Serve warm with cream or ice cream. Serves 6 to 8 depending on size.

            Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Apple Pie Elliott's Homemade ( How To Bake )

               Hello! welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

               Today, Marilou and I will share a dessert recipe that is one of Americas Favorites, " Apple Pie ". Most everyone loves apple, Marilou and I have our very own apple pie recipe, we call it " Elliott Homemade Apple Pie " we hope you all try it is so delicious  ( ENJOY!!! )                          



INGREDIENTS:  

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
9  apples peeled, cored and sliced      

DIRECTIONS:    

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F ( 220 degrees C ). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.  

3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C ). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.    

                Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Apple Trees ( How To Grow )

               Hello! we hope you all are having a good day today and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

               Today we have a very special tree to talk about, we are going to talk about the apple tree, most all of us love our apples, and apples really are very good for us. Marilou and I want to share just how good apples really are for you, and we will share with you how to plant and grow your apple trees, so you and your family can have your very own apple trees.    

**Vitamins in Apples**  

              It is unlikely that most people are aware about the presence of different vitamins in apples. What are these vitamins and how do they benefit us? Here are your answers...    

              " An apple a day, keeps the doctor away ". What could be a better beginning to this article about one of the most favorite and deliciously healthy fruits in the world? This phrase is as true and real, as the sound which is made when you munch on a fresh apple. The fruit is loaded with lots of medical health benefits and this is due to the presence of different essential vitamins in it.  

              Not only vitamins, apple is also a power house of beneficial minerals and elements. It helps keeping teeth cleaner and gum stronger and it also works to lower cholesterol. The fruit is antiviral in nature. It detoxifies the body, reduces skin disorders and helps in treating constipation and diseases such as obesity, headache, arthritis, bronchial asthma, inflammation of the bladder, gonorrhea, anemia, tuberculosis, neuritis, insomnia, catarrh, gallbladder stones, worms, halitosis and pyorrhea. Regarding the various vitamins in apples, due to which, this amazing fruit bears its medicinal properties, here is a section for your reference.

 **Vitamins Found In Apples**

Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K.  

Vitamin A  

Do you know why do people who love apples are among the ones who have reduced risks of developing cancer? It is due to the richness of the fruit in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant. It helps in keeping the cells from cancer. Vitamin A improves vision, strengthens bones, lowers blood cholesterol levels and improves skin appearance. It also helps prevent heart diseases, bacterial, viral and parasitic infections.    

Vitamin B
Apples are abundant in vitamin B; almost all of its water soluble forms (vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B9). Vitamin B6 aids the red blood cells in transporting oxygen throughout the human body, thus, promoting healthy brain function. Metabolism, digestion and fluid balance are also regulated by this substance. Vitamin B6 strengthens the immune system and it aids in breaking down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Mood swings, poor sex drive, depression, headaches, muscles cramps, etc., can be taken care off by adequate quantity of this vitamin in the diet. As said, apples, apart from vitamin B6, also contain vitamin B1, also known as thiamin. It prevents beriberi; maintains appetite and growth. The vitamin B2 or riboflavin prevents skin lesions and weight loss and vitamin B3 orniacin is essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Then comes pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, which performs an important role in the oxidation of fats and carbohydrates and certain amino acids and vitamin B9 or folic acid which is essential for cell growth and reproduction.              

                We will finish this tomorrow about the health benefits and how to grow apple trees. Thank you. Ken & Marilou.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Coconut Cake ( How To Bake )

               Good day to you all, and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.    

                Today we have a very tasty surprise to share with you all, we shared how to plant and grow coconut trees, for their delicious coconuts, and now we have a very good dessert as well to share with you all.  Coconut Cake ( How To Bake ) Enjoy!!!  

 Prep Time:                   35 min.  
 Inactive Prep Time:      30 min.
 Cook Time:                 50 min
 Level:   Intermediate
 Serves:  10 to 12 servings  

INGREDIENTS:    

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans  
1 1/2 cup sugar  
6 eggs extra-large, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pans  
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda  
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup milk
3 to 5 ounces sweetened shredded coconut    

FOR THE FROSTING:  

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature  
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1  tablespoon pure vanilla extract  
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 pound confectioners sugar, sifted  
6 ounces sweetened shredded coconut  

DIRECTIONS:  

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, then line them parchment paper. Grease them again and dust lightly with flour.  

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl once during mixing. add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. The mixture might look curdled; don't be concerned.  

3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the 4 ounces of coconut with a rubber spatula.  

4. Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and smooth the top with a knife. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until the tops are browned and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a baking rack to finish cooling.

5. For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and almond extract on low speed. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until just smooth (don't whip!).

6. To assemble, place 1 layer on a flat serving plate, top side down, and spread with frosting. Place the second layer on top, top side up, and frost the top and sides. To decorate the cake, sprinkle the top with coconut and lightly press more coconut onto the sides. Serve at room temperature.  

             Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.



                                                         

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Coconut Curried Chicken ( How To Cook )

               Welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou, and today we have a good surprise.  

                On yesterday blog we shared with you how to plant and grow coconut trees, so today we have a very good recipe to share with you. Enjoy it is so good!!!    

                                                          ** Coconut Curried Chicken **      

Prep Time: 20 minutes  
Cook Time: 50 minutes    
Ready In: 1 Hour 10 minutes  
Servings:  6    

INGREDIENTS:    

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 tablespoon salt and pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 onion, thinly sliced  
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons sugar  

DIRECTIONS:  

1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.

2. Heat oil and curry powder in a large skillet over medium-high heat for two minutes. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear.

3. Pour coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.    

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Coconut Trees ( How To Plant and Grow Coconut Trees )

               Good day to you all, and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

                Today we are going to talk about how to plant and grow coconut trees, as most of you know by now my wife Marilou is from the Philippines, they have thousands of coconut farmers, and trust me that is a beautiful site to see. Hundreds of big coconut pile up in a big pile at the end of the farmer field.    

                So if you are one of the lucky ones that live in a tropical place here is how you plant and grow coconut trees.                

**How To Plant & Grow Coconut Trees**

               In order to grow a Coconut trees you must live in a warm tropical climate all year round.

               To start a coconut from the seed, it is best to have the outer fibrous husk intact. Get a 3-gallon pot. Use high quality nursery soil mixed with 40% coarse sand. Add drainage rocks to the bottom of the pot.

               Lay your coconut husk on the ground and see what way it wants to rest. Plant your coconut husk 1/2 way into the soil in the same position.

               You can leave the pot in the sun or the shade. Water lightly to keep very lightly moist. Partial shade will likely be more successful.

                Be patient. The first time we started a coconut from seed it took 9 nine months to sprout. It is common for many palms to take many months to sprout. Don't over water as you'll rot them out.

                Your coconut will first split its husk at the bottom and send down some roots. It may take several months before your coconut also splits the top of the husk pushing up its first fronds. In other words, your coconut will be growing and you won't even know it until it splits the top.

                 After your coconut sprouts, your coconut can live in your 3-gallon pot for about 3-6 months. After that, plant it out or in another larger pot or directly into the soil. Incorporate lots of manure. Fertilize properly starting after sprouting 3 fronds.  

**GROWING**  

                 If you plan to grow coconuts, better have patience, seven years of patience before you can expect to see any coconuts. The coconut palm, Cocos nucifera, is considered a "three generation tree", supporting a farmer, his children, and his grandchildren. Some trees, which can grow to a height of 60 to 100 feet, even survive all three generations. Cocos nucifera, nucifera meaning nut-bearing, has only one species that includes both the tall and the dwarf coconut tree, but many varieties exist within the species.




                Though the coconut is commonly considered a nut, botanically it is classified as a drupe and is the largest of all fruit seeds. The coconut consists of the thin, strong outer layer or skin called the epicarp, the thick fibrous layer called mesocarp, and the dark brown hard shell called the endocarp that encases the coconut flesh. Just beneath the endocarp is the testa, the thin deep brown layer that clings to the white coconut meat.  

                The coconut palm is a striking tree with a tall slender trunk that keeps its same diameter from the base to the top. Beautiful, lacy fronds, about 25 to 35 of them, form an umbrella-like structure at the tree's zenith. The tree grows taller by forming new fronds that sprout from the top of the tree as the lower fronds die off.        

               Coconuts grow from the center of the fronds, close to the trunk. Unique to the coconut palm, each tree blooms thirteen times a year and produces all stages of growth at the same time, from tiny new green nuts to fully ripened brown nuts that are ready to fall from the tree.  

               Coconuts are persnickety about where they live. They cannot survive cold climates, and do poorly in temperate zones. Coconuts require the hot, humid weather of the tropical regions that stretch 25 degrees north to 25 degrees south of the equator all around the globe. There the sun shines steadily with plenty of rainfall to nurture the slow-growing coconut palm.

                To begin the growing process, purchase a coconut with its husk completely intact. Just like sprouting any seeds and legumes, the coconut must be soaked in water, only longer, two or three days.

                Next, prepare a pot that is large enough and deep enough for the coconut by putting big pieces of gravel or stones in the bottom to allow for good drainage. Add about two inches of sandy soil, then set the coconut on the soil with the pointed or bud end up. Add more soil until it covers about half the coconut. Then set the pot in a warm place such as a sunny window, near a warm oven, or on a radiator.

                The next step requires patience and diligence. Pour warm water over the coconut husk every day, making sure it does not dry out. The sprouting process is very slow, sometimes taking six months or longer. Until the sprout appears, the coconut is receiving its nourishment from the white meat inside. The coconut water within provides the nut with all of its moisture requirements.  

                For a sprout to appear it must first pierce through one of the soft spots, often called eyes, of the coconut's hard inner shell and finally emerge from the large fibrous outer shell. When white roots begin to grow out, in about a year, the coconut can be planted in a large tub.

                Coconuts planted at home are unlikely to thrive or produce a coconut. Today the nuts are a highly cultivated crop, where once they were a source of survival for natives of the tropics, providing the family's support with only a few trees.    

                Since commercially planted coconut palms are grown for maximum yield, some farmers use commercial fertilizer while others use a different method. With inter cropping, an effective method of fertilization and land use, the farmer plants banana trees or other large crops among the coconut trees. After producing its crop, the banana trees are left to disintegrate, producing ideal compost to fertilize the soil.

               Coconuts come in many varieties. Some are grown for their higher oil content, while others are favored for their higher sugar content. Many growers prefer the dwarf varieties. Though they lack the dramatic appearance of the tall trees, they are far easier to harvest. The dwarfs, which have a shorter lifespan, about 40 to 60 years, are also less vulnerable to a yellowing disease that kills many of the tall trees.

                In agriculture, nothing is without its challenges. With all its advantages, the dwarf coconut palm also faces destruction from rodents. The creatures climb up the tree trunks and form communities under the protection of the feathery fronds, often putting a considerable dent in a farmer's crop. The farmers have tried to outwit the rats by putting metal bands around the tree trunks, but these have no effect on the rats that are already colonized in the trees.  

                                                 ** How To Harvest **  

                How a farmer harvest the coconuts is a matter of choice. On the average, trees produce about 60 mature coconuts a year, though some will produce two or three times as many. The easiest method of harvesting and one that assures fully ripened coconuts, is to simply allow the ripe nuts to fall to the ground.

                Alternatively, the farmer employs nimble skilled men to literally climb up to the top of the tree with a machete and cut the ripe nuts down. Still another method, one that requires considerable skill, is to attach a machete to a long bamboo pole and reach for the ripe nuts while standing on the ground. This last method often fails to provide accuracy and frequently brings down unripe nuts as well. In some countries, farmers have been able to train monkeys to gather the ripe coconuts.  

                Before the farmer sends his coconuts to market, he removes the thick, fibrous outer husks, making the coconuts easier for the consumer to open. The exception is young coconuts, which reach market with their outer husk partly cut away. To remove the husk, the farmer pounds the coconut against a spiked wooden post that is firmly secured in the ground.  

                Marilou and I hope you will enjoy your coconuts, until tomorrow Good Gardening Always, from Garden The Easy Way, Ken & Marilou Elliott Rogersville Missouri 65742---USA  ( 417 ) 881-5959

           

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mango Tree, Grow From Seed ( How To Grow )

              Hello! and good day to you all, this is Ken and Marilou with you today on Garden The Easy Way.  

              Today we are going to talk about Mangoes. Marilou my wife, she is from the Philippines, and the Philippines they have 3 different kinds of Mangoes. Mangoes are Marilou's favorite fruit, and they are so delicious. Mango Trees can grow from 30 to 100 feet tall.    

              But we do also grow mangoes here in the USA, Southern California and Hawaii. The Mango Trees have big dark green leaves, and the flowers are in a big clusters and they smell so good, has sweet smell. Mangoes are a very healthy fruit for us to eat.  

               Today we are going to share with you how to plant mango seeds and how to have your very own Mango Trees, and you too can have your delicious fresh mangoes. But first, you must have the tropical weather to have a tropical fruit. So if you are one of the lucky ones with tropical weather, we are ready to go!.    

                                                          *INSTRUCTIONS*

Things You Will Need:

* Mango seed
* Water
* Stakes
* Fertilizer
* Fungicide
* Pesticide

1. It is always best to get your seeds from a grower, but you can use seed out of your mango that you bought at the store or market.  

2. You will need to remove the hard seed shell from the seed, you then be able to tell if the seed is damaged or not. You will need to plant the seeds before they dry.  

3. When planting plant, plant the hump of the seed just above the soil line. Water well after planting, keep the soil moist, the seeds will germinate. Mango trees prefer full sun. Some people even grow mango trees in a big containers, but mango trees will grow better, and get a lot bigger if you plant them in the soil, and they will also produce more fruit if planted in the soil.    

4. Mango Trees, soil be a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5. Mango tree need a lot of free air movement is important to prevent disease. Keep young saplings moist and away from any chills. provide a windbreak for the plants, if in an exposed area.  

5. Water every other day for the first week, then one to two times per week as they grow, according to the University of Florida Extension's website. Mangoes like moist but not waterlogged soil. Stake plants as needed as they grow taller. Mature mango trees need little additional watering.

6. Fertilize seedlings in three or four applications over the growing season with 1-1-1 NPK fertilizer or 1-2-2 fertilizer, according to the University of Hawaii Extension Service's website. Additional nitrogen will help encourage good foliage and fruiting. Organic fertilizers are best as mango trees can experience burning.

7. Check seedlings regularly for garden pests and diseases. Apply a sulfur and copper fungicide to prevent anthracnose and powdery mildew. Consult with your agricultural extension office for the best pesticide to use for your area.    

***Tips & Warnings***  

1. Seedling trees will bloom and bear fruit in three to six years. Fruit matures 100 to 150 after flowering. Allow fruit to ripen on tree for best flavor.

2. Avoid transplanting. Mango trees have delicate roots that dislike transplanting. Trees can go into shock.

              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Broccoli Cheese Soup ( How To Cook )

              Good day to you all and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

              Today we would like to share with you all one of my favorites vegetable soup, the name is " Broccoli Cheese Soup ". It is very tasty and is very healthy for you, if it is fix right. So enjoy this very tasty and healthy. Broccoli Cheese Soup.            


                           ** Broccoli Cheese Soup **      

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 40 minutes
Servings: 12          

 Ingredients:  

1/2 cup butter  
1 onion, chopped
1 ( 16 ounce ) package frozen chopped broccoli  
4 ( 14.5 ounce ) cans chicken broth  
1 ( 1 pound ) loaf processed cheese food, cubed  
1 1/2 cups milk  
1 1/2 tbsp of garlic powder  
2/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water    

Directions:    

1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter until softened. Stir in broccoli, and cover with chicken broth. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.  

2. Reduce heat, and stir in cheese cubes until melted. Mix in milk and garlic powder.  

3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into water until dissolved. Stir into soup; cook, stirring frequently, until thick.
   
              Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here today on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.      
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cauliflower Curried and Cauliflower Soup ( How To Cook )

              Hello! and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

              Yesterday we shared with you how to plant and grow Cauliflower, today Marilou and I would like to share two very tasty recipes that we found on the Internet on how to cook cauliflower. We hope you all enjoy these cauliflower recipes.      

**Cauliflower Curried     ( How To Cook )    

Ingredients:  

1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream  of chicken soup  
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk  
2 teaspoon curry powder
12 wheat crackers
1/4 cup melted butter    

Directions:  

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Place cauliflower in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm. Drain, and place in a greased casserole dish.

3. In a large bowl, mix together soup, mayonnaise, milk, and curry powder. Pour over cauliflower. Crush crackers, and mix with butter. Sprinkle over cauliflower.  

4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.          

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**Cauliflower Soup       ( How To Cook )  

Ingredients:    

2 stalks celery, chopped  
1 onion, chopped  
3/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil  
1 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
6 cups chicken broth
ground black pepper to taste  

Directions:  

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute the celery, onion and carrot in olive oil for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.  

2. Steam cauliflower in a colander over boiling water or in a steamer until tender. Mash.  

3. Add the mashed cauliflower to the vegetable mixture, return to stove top over medium heat and add the chicken broth. Pepper to taste and simmer for 15 minutes or until soup is heated thoroughly.    

Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.  

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cauliflower ( How To Grow )

               Good day to you all! this is Ken and Marilou back with you here today on Garden The Easy Way.

                Marilou and I would like to talk about another very good eating vegetable, we are going to talk about Cauliflower, it is very tasty and healthy for us all to eat.

                Cauliflowers are grown for their central white heads (curds) and can be grown all year round as long as the correct variety for the time of year is chosen. Cauliflowers take up quite a bit of space so don't grow them if your vegetable patch needs high yield per square foot.

                 Although a member of the cabbage family cauliflowers require more care and attention than cabbages to be grown successfully. Like we always say there are some things you need to know about planting and growing, and we will share with you today on how to plant and grow cauliflower.  

                                                  **Cauliflower  ( How To Grow )    

Things You Will Need:  

* Garden Rake
* Cauliflower Seeds
* Compost  
* Fertilizers: Aged cow or horse manure
* Garden Spades
* Garden Tiller
* Mulch            

Instructions:

1. Cauliflower need to be planted in full sun. Cauliflower is a cool season vegetable, it can't tolerate weather that's too hot or too cold, so you need to plant in the early spring, after all danger of frost has passed and all cold weather is gone, the soil must be warm.  

2. You should work up your soil 6-8 weeks before planting. Work the soil down to about 8-10 inches, after work up your soil, add 2-3 inches of compost and 2-3 inches of aged cow or horse manure, mix it up well again. Must be well drained soil.    

3. Start early varieties indoors about a month before the last expected frost. Move the plants to the garden when they're about 6 inches tall, all danger of frost has passed, and temperatures of both air and soil have warmed to about 50 degrees F. Set the plants in their holes, cover them just short of the bottom leaves, and build a little saucer of soil around each plant to help hold moisture.

4. Sow seeds directly in the ground for a fall  harvest. Place them in clusters of four seeds each, with the clusters 2 feet apart. When the first true leaves appear, remove all but the sturdiest seedling from each group.

5. Keep cauliflower plants evenly moist; especially when they're small, they need about 1 inch of water a week, whether from rain or the garden hose.  

6. Start the blanching process when the flower head (also called a curd or button) is about the size of an egg. Make sure neither it nor the foliage is wet; otherwise the plant may rot. Loop heavy twine around the leaves, gently lift them up and tie them together. The aim is to keep light and moisture out, but to let air in and also leave room for the flower to grow inside its shelter.    

7. Harvest cauliflower heads when they're full but before the sections begin to loosen. The timing depends on the variety, so start checking plants daily when the heads reach 3 to 4 inches across.

**Tips & Warnings**  

A. You might want to try planting Orange Bouquet, which is a pale orange variety that matures in 60 days, needs no blanching and packs a big load of vitamin A.  

B. Cauliflower can fall victim to clubroot, a fungus that can invade your garden on infected plants. You can avoid the disease by growing your own seedlings rather than buying them, by growing cauliflower and other Brassica crops in a different spot each year, and by choosing disease-resistant cultivars. ( They're marked as such in seed catalogs.)    

                 Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.