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July 18th, 2012

Orange Iced Tea -

Refresh yourself with a glass of Chris's Orange Iced Tea. This drink not only tastes great but it's antioxidants can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and diabetes, plus help you have healthier teeth and gums and for that matter stronger bones.

Ingredients
1/4 cup tea or about 12 tea bags
Peel of 1 orange plus orange wedges for garnish
4 cups boiling water
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar or substitute
4 cups cold water
 
Directions
In boiling water steep loose tea bags and orange peel for about 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the tea and remove the tea bags and pour into a large pitcher.  Stir in orange juice and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add cold water. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with orange wedges, if so desired.





HEALING STRESSED AND DAMAGED PLANTS

With the intense heat and even worse the lack of rain, so many of your plants may be looking rather sad. Fret not, but act quickly.  Even with the little rain we have had lately some plants may not come out of it. Trees such as the oak will drop lots of leaves to conserve water, but for the most part, they will survive. If you water deeply now, then you may prevent further defoliation and your trees just may flush back out with new leaves. 

But for some trees that have been weak for years, their fate may not be so good. Also, certain shrubs like azaleas, once they turn all brown, well, that's it. They will never come back. So water, water and water and make sure your plants get a deep soaking watering.
 
Now, if you have gotten storm damage on your trees, then go ahead and remove broken limbs ASAP. Chris says that if a tree has lost its natural beautiful shape then remove the entire tree and start over.

Remember, most fast growing trees have weak wood so pruning is always necessary to ensure your trees are compact and strong enough to with stand future storms. For example, every 3 to 5 years Chris prunes his Bradford Pears in half. He also trims up all tje big hardwoods to ensure strong and healthy trees and to provide more light for my smaller trees. The end result is a strong stance of trees that hopefully will last for years to come.

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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