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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Buying Christmas trees what to look for, and how to get the best from it

When buying a real Christmas tree you will need to get if from a good supplier and it is best to buy trees that are stored outside. Inside a hot shop is not a good place for a Christmas tree to be, as it may start to lose its needles even before you hand over your cash for it.

Storing the Christmas Tree
 until you are ready to take it into decorate it.

When you get the tree home store it outside until you are ready to take it into the house and set it up ready to decorate it. Plunging the trunk into a bucket of water while it is outside is probably the best idea. Before you take it into  the house you could saw a couple of inches or so of the tree trunk. Then when you take it in the house ,try to position your tree in a cool location in the house away from heat sources such as fires or radiators.

Think about safety when choosing where to put you tree.
Think about safety too if you have a pet or small children, make sure any tree light wires can be tucked away out of sight and temptation, be careful not to put the wires anywhere where they might  be a trip hazard.

Buying your Christmas Tree. Look over the tree you are planning to buy if you can selecting it from a pl;ace that has it still growing or where it is freshly cut.

If there are gaps where you would expect there to be lots of pine needles then it is probably dropping its needles already.  Some types of tree that are sold as Christmas tree are better at retaining its needles for longer. The conditions you keep the tree is kept in will effect how long the tree lasts.

Remember to keep the tree cool when you get it home, try to store it outside until the time when you are going to decorate it.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote