Monday, May 27, 2013

Simply Peach Tree Care

Peach Tree Care

This spring, we started our orchard with peach trees. One of the first things to think about when planting fruit trees is to choose the right one for your zone. If you are not sure, just talk to your local nursery for advice.  Make sure its a nursery and not a big box store, nothing against them but I tend to find you can get better advice from a mom and pop place. Local nurseries carry plants that do well in your area, and they will have the knowledge to make sure you plant them in the right location and give them the right amount of water and food.
 
Here in Middle Tennessee, we chose red haven peach tree's, these trees do well in zones 5-8, are self pollinating which is good if you only have enough room for one. These are also great for canning. The best time to plant your trees is in the spring, you can also plant trees in the fall but these trees tend to be the left over trees from the spring and the best ones have already been purchased. Do not plant in the summer as it will be very hard on the tree and you will have a greater chance of the tree dying.
 
The first year for your tree is very crucial to its success, you will need to water them more to make sure the roots can establish them selves and give them plenty of fertilizer to encourage growth. However, do not over water the trees.  If you notice the leaves turning yellow-orange and falling off without a pest/disease issue, then you may be watering them two much.  Typically, they need to be watered every two weeks if you are in a dry spell.
 
When preparing the planting site make sure you dig a hole three times larger than the container size, this is also the time to make sure you amend your soil with organic material such as manure or fertilizer. We have had very good success with Ferti-lome Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food, this is a 19-10-5 fertilizer. If fact we can not only tell how well its been for the tree but also for the grass as its turned a healthy green color and is doing better than the grass outside of the fertilizer zone. The area in which to place the fertilizer is the drip line, the drip line is the very edge of the tree where water would drip off during rain.
 
Fruit trees are a great addition to your property not only with they provider home grown food, but also be a food source for birds, beautiful flowers in the spring and provide many years of shade for you and your family.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Simply Deep Dish Pizza !

Chicken Pizza with a Rosemary and Garlic Crust

We love a great deep dish pizza, and wanted to come up with a great and easy way to do it at home, all you need is a good large cast iron pan.

Here is what you will need:

Crust

2 cups flour
1 packet of pizza yeast
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup warm water
3 tbs vegetable oil
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
1 tsp Finley chopped garlic

Toppings

1 boneless chicken breast ( cooked soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lemon pepper )
1/2 medium red onion chopped
3/4 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 Alfredo Sauce
1/2 - 1 can of drained diced tomatoes
Bacos - sprinkle on top
  • Combine all the crust ingredients and mix well, once mixed knead on a floured surface for 3-4 minutes.
  • Spread the dough along the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the toppings, then place cast iron pan on stove top (medium/high) for ten minutes before placing in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Simply Aphid Control

Rose Bush Aphid Control

 
Its getting to be great weather in Tennessee and I am having to protect my rose bushes from aphids, this seems to be a bad year for them. If you notice the leaves on your rose bushes are looking withered and see little green insects moving around; you have aphids.

Here is What you will need :

1 cup vegetable
2 cups water
2 teaspoons bleach free dish soap

Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake well before each use because the oil separates from the soap mixture once it sits for a bit. Make sure you spray both the top and bottoms of the leaves, also do not use on really hot and sunny days as it could burn the plants. Use the spray two days in a row, it works by suffocating the aphids with the vegetable oil.

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