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Upcycle Christmas Trees

As Christmas approaches let’s think about some fun things that we can do with our Christmas trees to keep them useful. Of course, we all know we can put them to the curb and have them recycled for mulch, but what else can we do? Here are some ideas to get creative. Make a coat/mitten tree – After the decorations are taken down, cut the branches so as to leave stumps about a foot long, smaller stumps on top and longer stumps on the bottom. Screw a sturdy flat wooden base to the bottom. Your done!! I love the rustic look and it works great for drying socks, gloves, and etc. Make a wildlife habitat – Use the old tree...

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Super-Slow-Roasted Beef from The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook by Shannon Hayes

There is something about the smell of a roast that says "this is home". On Sundays my Mom would often make roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, and homemade pie for dessert. If you would like to serve that wonderful meal for family and friends I have good news for you. It can be done easily and economically. The trick is how the roast is prepared. I follow the directions from Shannon Hayes in her cookbook The Grassfed Gourmet and the roasts are juicy, tender and delicious including less expensive bottom round (rump roast), eye of round, and top round roasts. Below are the directions. Super-Slow-Roasted Beef by Shannon Hayes 1 beef roast, such as London broil, top, bottom or...

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Are Jumping Worms Hiding in Your Mulch?

Mulch could be one of the major ways that jumping worms are being spread. If you buy mulch in the spring, remember that you won’t know if it has jumping worms until later that summer as they develop from cocoons to adult worms. Consider covering your mulch pile with clear plastic to solarize and kill the worms and their cocoons at temperatures above 104 degrees for at least 3 days. Timothy McCay, a professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Colgate University, recently spoke to the Hamilton Garden club about jumping worms. We are used to seeing earthworms from Europe. Jumping worms are from Asia and are causing problems because they rapidly eat their way through organic matter. In the forest, they...

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Giving Your Apple Tree a New Haircut - Pruning

February and March are the best times to prune apple and pear trees. It’s important to remember that they produce fruit on 2 to 3-year-old wood. The tree should have enough open spaces to throw a basketball through! Wow, so don’t be afraid to prune. Golden Delicious is a good variety to include because it fertilizes all other apple trees. Pruning will help avoid disease and will make your trees more productive. And it's fun - like giving your tree a new haircut! Advice from the experts is below. Cornell Fruit Website                                                          Cornell Guide...

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