Monday, August 29, 2011

fruit store

Keep fruits and vegetables during the summer
Summer Vegetables and summer fruit: how to store them properly?
The summer brings a wide range of fresh picked Flandria vegetables. Eye on store shelves, the strawberries and berries very tempting. But how can you preserve freshness at home as long as possible?
It is certainly not true that all fruits and vegetables during the summer, best in the refrigerator. Tomatoes and eggplant, for example, are subject to low temperatures. In the fridge they are weak and will quickly loose their crown.
In the overview we distinguish between

A refrigerator (temperature between 3 ° and 10 ° C): The groentebak and / or the top two shelves.

A cool storage (minimum of 8 ° and 10 ° C): ideal for a small ventilated basement or a ventilated dark room where the temperature is fairly constant cool.

Room temperature: from 12 ° C, but not right next to a heat source or in direct sunlight.

Strawberries: refrigerator. As soon as possible, consume!

Aubergines: room temperature. Or never together on the same shelf as tomatoes. Tomatoes are both the ethylene and thereto aubergines, courgettes and cucumbers sensitive.

Berries (currants and gooseberries): refrigerator. As soon as possible, consume!

Celery and celery green: refrigerator.

Cauliflower and broccoli: refrigerator.

Fresh spring onions and boluien: refrigerator.

Beans (all kinds): cold storage.

Blackberries: refrigerator. As soon as possible, consume!

Courgettes: cool or room temperature storage. Or never with the same shelf as tomatoes.

Raspberry: refrigerator. As soon as possible, consume!

Young Leek: refrigerator.

Cucumber: cool or room temperature storage. Or never with the same shelf as tomatoes.

Lettuce and other lettuce (lollo bionda, lollo rossa, oak leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, batavia, lettuce, radicchio rosso, lettuce ...) refrigerator.

Peppers (all colors): cold storage.

Parsley and other herbs: jar-with-root you must keep at room temperature, cut fresh herbs should be in the fridge.

Scoop potatoes: cool storage, but not in the vicinity of citrus, onions, cheese and other dairy products. Potatoes take after their aromas. Flandria Premiere Potatoes are on sale until August 15.

Tomatoes (loose and spray): room temperature. Especially in the refrigerator!

Carrots with tops: refrigerator.

Grapes: Summer pruning

Summer pruning in grapes

Summer pruning is required to:

     the vine to keep compact (rank of 4 m are not uncommon).
     the clusters can therefore develop optimal
     The grapes may be the right light more mature
     because the vine can be less fluffy fungal action (rot)

During the development of the branches it cuts it to two leaves beyond the bunch. It is possible that multiple clusters on a vine out. It retains only the cluster that is closest to the gesteltak. Branches which no cluster is present, cut it to 40 cm. The axillary shoots of the two upper leaves arise as new shoots that can always cut back to a leaf. Only the extension of the still young to form gesteltak be left alone.

In the hope that with the pruning a rich harvest of juicy grapes, may be obtained, I wish you much success!

grape cuttings

Propagation of grapes by taking a cutting-eyed
Introduction:Self grapes grow? It can, everyone in his garden on a sunny south wall or shelter can easily have his own sweet, juicy fruits grow. You do not need to buy expensive greenhouse. I may guide you, with some good will, a good dose of energy, some useful tips and the proper way we are already well on the right track.
First I want some of my preferred varieties and thrive in our climate to introduce you:
* 'Boskoop Glory'Is supporting a very rich, blue outdoor grape variety in these parts easily ripe fruit gives this from late August to early October. These sweet and juicy grapes, the size of a small cherry, and a stunning, exceptionally beautiful autumn leaf discolouring that adds value to our garden in the fall.
* "Early Laan»The white grape in our area, also sweet and juicy. Perhaps a small weakness: the beautiful coloration of the leaf is missing here!
Some other species that qualify for outdoor cultivation:* Counsellor Depoorter (blue)* Chasselas de Fontainebleau (white)
Varieties that are only known to breed in the greenhouse:* Frankenthaler (blue)* Muscat of Alexandria (White)

Propagation by taking a cutting-eyed:Taking cuttings is best in the months from December to February when the vines are at rest. This can be done by taking cuttings or by one-eyed winter cuttings. The latter we treat with the most extensive for the obvious reason that it is the simplest and most successful method.

We always start from a healthy, thick pencil annuals sprout in the thawed state. This can perhaps be obtained from friends or acquaintances who like vines or perhaps you yourself have been the proud owner of a (possibly purchased) vine.
Note: the eyes or buttons must be sufficiently developed and free of disease.

Cut with a knife or cutting shears, a good place with an eye on it, the latter from the strong, one-year shoot. Cut 1 inch above the eye cutting diagonally (reason: water runs off, better drying and prevent mold) and cut the bottom flat cutting off a length of 5-7 cm below the eye.
Take immediate grafting wax hot or cold (possibly paraffin) or wound healing treatments on the slanted top of the wound site. The latter to avoid dehydration as well as protection against possible mold.

Insert the cuttings one-eyed man is now in a pot or container cutting (several clones) filled with a mixture of healthy soil and sharp sand (ratio 5 / 1). Insert the cuttings so that the eye or the button 1 inch above the ground. The extra soil around the cuttings press firmly to ensure good contact.
The soil should be moist but not wet.
Wrap the pot with a plastic bag or a piece of PET bottle in order to avoid dehydration. Pierce the bottle a bit to promote ventilation. Place the cuttings in a greenhouse with bottom heat (20 ° C) or just on the windowsill in the living room at room temperature (not in full sun burn =). Regularly check soil moisture and remove mold if necessary.

The eye of the site will soon swell, leak and a dash of form, this does not mean that there are already roots. It takes inwortelingsproces after several weeks, first appears on one side a carrot.

If the roots are real throughput you can also cultivate the plant in a sunny place, the protective plastic removed. Keep the soil moisture is still a close eye so that the plant at this stage not been dried or drown.

After the plant has hardened off (= slow just to make the air) may be the grape cuttings rooted without pot planting against a south wall, or after June 1st.
    The result after one growing season will certainly surprise you. The long road of further care and pruning grapes in the garden I would like to explain in a subsequent article. We are looking therefore for the party?

pruning grapes

Grape pruning: pruning the summer and winter pruning

The pruning of vines but also from other fruits is a major surgery on the crops in order to secure the harvest.
For grapes, both in winter (winter pruning) and summer (summer pruning) pruned.
In winter when the vine is at rest we prune woody branches.
In the summer when in full growth, are rather young herbaceous shoots (vines) that we innijpen or insnoeien.
Both are equally important to both cut the same year but also the future to ensure fruit set. Pruning I want to discuss here in summary is here especially voor grapes grown outdoors Word but can also apply to under glass though this earlier (December) pruned to be given. It is especially the pruning of the fruiting wood that I want to explain further.

Winter Pruning of grapes
The winter pruning of the vine is best in January-February.
Early pruning to give a premature leak of the buttons on the young shoots early frost or bones can be fatal, so no recommendation.
Late pruning is bleeding from the grape and Again not recommended result. Large wounds can perfectly recover - only toebranden - so no juice escapes and is rescued vine, this is only an agent-sos, so: better safe than sorry is the message.
Winter pruning is especially necessary to plant a shape (topiary), but also a rich harvest of wealth to obtain fruits (fruit pruning wood).
Most importantly, the annual maintenance pruning or fruit wood, so I gradually, without frills, appropriate and necessary to explain to an optimal yield to come.

The two possible forms of pruning in winter:

1. topiary

A line consists of only one gesteltak that one up lead.
Espalier a frame from 3 to 4 branches per vine. This system branches are 40 - to 50 cm from each other, the latter to provide enough room for them to develop the branches. In this system branches may come later with clusters of grapes on vines.
It always starts from a young plant with a strong throw. This shoot is pruned at 60 cm above the ground. This way, you have 3 to 4 branches that must lead and tie a Espalier or espalier.Every year we zijranken pruning of branches in new frame on a pair of eyes and verlengenis also pruned every year to 60 cm in order to obtain sufficient shoots. The pruning of the extension stops until our gesteltak the vine has reached the desired height. These form the final frame later branches of the vine is the backbone and those many years will determine the shape.
2. Maintenance pruning and fruiting wood
When the vine has its final shape, we need the leaders every year to prune fruit we get and the vine within certain limits. A vine before pruning looks quite disorganized in summer especially when no pruning is applied.

We start cutting down the leaders and best way to the top of the vine until its final height.

Any side shoots are pruned to gesteltak at 2 to 4 eyes.Depending on the species (Boskoop Glory: 2 - White and Van der Laan 4 eyes). From these eyes occur during the growing season new shoots that may have come bunches.

Too old and badly placed branches, we cut away to a stump. Diseased or dead branches cut away so that we can form a source of later disease. When we cut to a stump, however, with tiny eyes and being at rest or "sleeping eye" new shoots or branches arise, which brings about rejuvenation of the vine! When the vine is pruned properly are the leaders of the small side branches visible
There you are now the cutting material and cleaning and dropping off our vine looks a lot different, mainly cleaned and tidy, but now hope for a hot summer with lots and hopefully delicious grapes immediately within reach.
Summer pruningSummer pruning in grapes is necessary to:

the vine to keep compact (rank of 4 m are not uncommon).
the clusters can therefore develop optimal
The grapes may be the right light more mature
because the vine can be less fluffy fungal action (rot)
Pruning:During the development of the branches it cuts it to two leaves beyond the bunch. It is possible that multiple clusters on a vine out. It retains only the cluster that is closest to the gesteltak. Branches which no cluster is present, cut it to 40 cm. The axillary shoots of the two upper leaves arise as new shoots that can always cut back to a leaf. Only the extension of the still young to form gesteltak be left alone.

From the axils of the leaves are again two shoots that can in turn shorten up on the first page.
Summer pruning is every week to fourteen days to happen to the growth and flowering and harvest under control!

Citrus utilization

With citrus you can find many useful things
Citrus can be very useful in many cases:
Sometimes I have a bit of lemon or orange on. What can I do about it?
If you pour orange juice over your strawberry, red fruit flavors that taste even better.
Very sour oranges taste a little sweeter when you add some salt.
The peel of both oranges and unsprayed lemons can preserve.
If you cook eggs, put some lemon in the water, then they do not play.
If you add lemon juice to charcoal, you prevent a long cabbage smell hangs in the house.
Add some lemon juice to the rice you are cooking. Thus he is pretty dry and beautifully white.
Bananas, apples and mushrooms do not fade when you pour lemon juice over.
Take a look a little lemon juice into the water you use for ice cubes. This gives a refreshing taste to your drink.
Wilted lettuce bring you back to life by him in water with a little lemon juice to explain.
A geutje lemon juice in the baking butter, prevents the fish from falling apart. The fish bakes therefore not stuck in your pan.
Keep the peel of unsprayed lemons and oranges in the freezer. Frozen, you can easily grated. They taste good in cake, if you do not give much of the fruits used inside, because the taste is slightly bitter.
Put the juice of half a lemon in a cup of sweet, strong coffee. According to ancient books that will help a hangover.
An ancestral recipe for the need for liquor to reduce a late untreated orange peel with a few sprigs of parsley simmer for fifteen minutes. You have to drink seven and then let it cool. Then pour into a bottle and take every morning a small sip.

Can I also use my citrus body care?
Greasy hair treatment is best by lemon juice to the last rinse add.
Nicotine stains on fingernails disappear rubbing with lemon.
And if you rub a lemon on your teeth, they are beautifully white again after a while.

My grandmother often used citrus in the house but I can not remember what.In the household does wonders with the lemon cleaning of bronze, copper, silver, marble and rust.
Take it a piece of lemon in the dishwater. This creates a shiny and soft water service.Aluminum cookware to be completely clean again, if you water with a squirt of lemon juice to boil.
A jamvlek is quicker way if you have some lemon on spritst. But let it not be too long in a lemon-colored garment down. Lemon bleaches the color out.
Orange stains you get the easiest way with vinegar. Thoroughly with water rinse.
Whites are nice and white again, if you add some lemon to the rinsing water. You may also be a canvas bag filled with slices of lemon was the stabbing.
A dirty sponge is clean again, if you rinse it in water with lemon.
A slice of lemon in the flower vase makes the flowers last longer-lasting, because the water stays fresher.
A nasty smell in your home can eliminate a piece of dried orange peel on a metal plate to burn.

blue grapes

Red grapes: Vitis Boskoop Glory

Vitis Boskoop Glory

Vitis Boskoop Glory is one of the best blue varieties of the Belgian climate. It is a fairly fast grower with tendrils to 7 meters. Boskoop Glory has large, light green leaves and is hardy.
The vine blooms with small green flowers that are visited by bees busy. During the summer and autumn the ripening clusters with moderately large, dark blue fruits.

autumn colors
Grapes are cultivated for ornamental autumn colors. Twigs and vines of Vitis coignetiae felty are rusty, like the underside of the leaf. The leaves change color to dark purple.
De Wingerd, Parthenocissus tricuspidata, is related to the grape. He climbs to 20 m high.
The autumn leaves change color purple.

Some practical tips for use:
Boskoop Glory prefers a south wall, where the fruits ripen best. Grapes have calcium needs, which takes the plant out of the wall.
Plant against a wall, a large hole the best interests of the poorer land. Fill the gap with a mixture of compost, peat and old cow manure. Grapes in the garden or a greenhouse, do not require large planting holes.
Vines have as a young plant well guided along wires stretched. The rotating climbing vines provide their own support.
Who wants a lot of grapes to prune carefully, after November and before the sap gets going. The fruits grow on the side branches of shoots from the previous year. Each year it grows at a floor, so shall also the bottom of the vine leaves and catches up to light.


Different types of plants with strikingly beautiful blue berries adorn the gardens
Special decorative blue berries.
In the fall besheesters constitute an important element in the garden. Everyone enjoys the colorful fruit, which does not always have real fleshy berries. But they all are decorative. Most species are besheesters twice a year nice when they bloom and again when they bear fruit. It is recommended that in any planting one or more besheesters to take. Forget the types of blueberries, because black gives a special touch to a garden and if it's not just the leaves or flowers.

Blueberries are very special
Berries and fruits that are red or orange, are quickly discovered by the birds as they are delicious, they disappear in no time from the trees and shrubs. But is it red fruits between red leaf, as in some cherry, they see not. It is striking that birds also white fruit between green leaves hardly see. White currants remain long suspended, while the red berries around quickly be eaten bare. Also black fruits are common: in privet, ivy (Hedera), the black hips of the wild-rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia), the berries of elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and black currant (Ribes nigrum). Purple is also fairly common, eg in the berries of Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' and Pernettya. Blueberries are very special. They occur mainly in bushes green, white or yellow flowers.

Beautiful blue enough fruits
Think blue not only hurt and plums (Prunus species), although often beautiful blue. Maybe you shoot the first blue grapes in mind (Vitis vinifera), where Atalanta butterflies love.
Beautiful frosted blue berries of the American blueberry or blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) that acid soil and which keeps the berries are much larger than our native wild bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus, with blue fruits) that much vitamin A. B and C contain. Juniper (Juniperus communis) are blue. In the ornamental shrubs are mainly mahogany shrub (Mahonia aquifolium), with its fragrant yellow flowers Berberis julianae and several Viburnum species adorned with blueberries. Very nice fruit on Viburnum davidii are and V. tinus 'Gwenllian'. It is not generally known that the blue berries of the mahogany tree are edible. Of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) knows it does. So out of hand, they are not good, but processed into jams they taste delicious. Also edible, the striking blue frosted pods (not berries) of the special, to 2 m high bush pickles (Decaisnea fargesii).

The different varieties of fruits blue-bearers are so different that they do not care to detail can address. In connection with unhindered flowering and fruiting is usually only corrective pruning required. Give besheesters during flowering extra potassium-rich fertilizer. That promotes fruiting.

The garden in October
The leaves fall. Remove them from places where they can cause slippery or evergreen plants can choke (perennials, lawn). Again they are out of the pond. Choose your besheesters they now bear fruit. They can now fine plants. Bulbs and tubers of plants and non-hardy species of harvest. Mowing grass in so long it grows.

Aronia - appelbes or in apple berry

Aronia or chokeberry

Aronia / Chokeberry hardy plant with a pleasant surprise

apple berry

1.Naamgeving (Aronia in several languages)

Genus: Aronia
Type: prunifolia (x)
Synonym: Aronia floribunda (Photinia)
Family: Rosaceae, Rose Family
Subfamily: Pomoideae, Apple likes / pipfruit
Dutch name: chokeberry, appelbesstruik, appelbesboom
English: apple berry
German: Apfelbeere, Kahle Apfelbeere
Origin: O. N. Am., (Russia)

2.Appelbes as ornamental shrubs and fruit shrubs

The ornamental shrub or Aronia chokeberry is a familiar sight in public parks. But the plant for the private garden is interesting is less well known. Due to good health is also a promising bet for integrated crop arboriculture

Aronia is a deciduous shrub in the rose family, which occurs naturally in eastern North America. The decorative value he derives from the white blossom in April-May, the healthy dark green leaves that later a bright, mostly red autumn color and the red or black edible berries.

Aronia melanocarpa is a relatively small, almost hairless shrub with edible black berries.

Of this hybrid in recent years several new cultivars have been introduced, which are grown as fruit crops or ornamental shrub. Discussed below, the "Viking" is one of them.

3.Vermeerdering of Aronia d.m.v. slips:

Aronia it is possible to graft on a rootstock. On tall, half-standard or low strain, this attractive, small tree on besdragend.
In a short rootstock remains Aronia look like a shrub, but does not grow out wide as he can make no underground runners. The grafted plants can tolerate a bit less drought than plants on own roots.

Apple Berries grow on almost any soil except heavy clay and dichtslempende, loamy sand.
The slight preference for moist sand. Although Aronia naturally prefer partial shade in the stands, he does well in full sun provided the soil is not too dry.
It is possible the shrub before or after the winter to transplant and it can withstand pruning.

4.Winterharde healthy fruits and shrubs.

Aronia is in Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, many planted as fruit crops. That the plants are very hardy, is not surprising. Plants at rest can survive -30 ° C and even the roots of a plant container to about -10 ° C..

For nurseries, the chokeberry a pleasant surprise. Of all the plants from the family Rosaceae Aronia is one of the least susceptible to fire blight. Furthermore, the plant generally healthy. Fungal diseases (eg leaf spot disease) occur, but only in hot, wet summers a problem they have with a wide spacing largely preventable. If not close Chamaecyparis Aronia is planted, it will rust no chance.

Because of the high tolerance to diseases and pests is an attractive crop for Aronia integrated or organic farming.

5.Appelbes with many uses in the garden

For consumers, the plant has several options. Aronia on tall, half-standard or low strain bred as a compact ornamental tree for small gardens for example.
Because Aronia (A. x prunifolia mostly) easy to care for a fruit crop, short rootstock plants would be recommended for allotment gardens.

6.Plant and cultivation tips:

Light: Sun or partial shade

Height: 1 to 2 m

Flowering time: May-June, especially in bloom year-old wood

Flowers: white color; bloemtuilen of 20-30 cm, self-pollinating

Soil pH: neutral to calcareous soil

Type: Low shrub or tree trunk (grafted)

Plant Characteristics: (Aronia prunifolia) Fruit Black (Aug.-Sept.) Red autumn color

Fruit: Round berries 10-12 mm thick, dark blue and black when ripe and slightly frosted, evenly ripe in August; fruit weight 1-1.5 g; Juice dark red, very strong coloring, fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals and sugar.

Pruning Tips: It is possible the shrub before or after the winter to transplant and it can withstand pruning.

Use: Processing (kitchen): juice, jam, jam, ..

>>> Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking' <<<

An approximately 1 to 2 m high compact growing shrub with rich bloom.
White blossom, in screens, blooms in May-June. Many remarkably large, black fruit and a beautiful wine red fall color.
Highly recommended race, one for the flower and berry production being selected clone. Rich in vitamin C.

This small shrub is continuing in our nursery on a stem of 1 m or 1.20 m grafted, in the spring covered with a fragrant white blossom, then appear black edible berries (you can be very tasty make jam ... but the birds like they do), then appears dark red autumn coloring. Apple Berries can be planted in full sun or partial shade on various soil types, including dry or humid places. The leaves in autumn pretty purple. It is a Finnish, very strong cultivar that grows like to wetlands.
Application and Use

Both the leaves, blossoms and berries are easy to process into a flower arrangement, the plant is resistant to sea wind, the blossoms can be used as cut flowers. The plant tolerates pruning easy, but the slow growth does not always. The bees make honey is delicious.

The fruits are edible and very tasty!

The plants are available in container and inoculated at 1 m or 1.20 m

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Apple juices and apple species

Types of apples and apple juice derived
Apples are one of the most common fruits with us. There are also plenty of preparations ranging from crisp Braeburn apples to Granny Smith's full of juice.
To create a subdivision that is useful for cooks, all apple varieties are divided into eating apples or apple puree.
The name says it all themselves what they are:
The hand apples are intended to eat raw, while the apple puree longer belong in the kitchen for preparing meals.
The puree apples often have a slightly sour taste and the flesh will be mush when heated quickly. Of course there are eating apples that can be used in the kitchen.

Apples in the base
There are several ways to use apples. They can be dried and used for granola, fruit compotes or casseroles (whether or not dried whole and sliced​​). But the most common operation is the processing of apples into apple juice.
The diversity of apple juice has become very wide, the trend seems more to go to an apple juice from a certain species. To top it all off to make there own fizzy apple juice.
Apples are also used in alcoholic beverages. For example, cider and calvados apple-based drinks also. Previously, the manufacture of cider apple ciders even the special use. This apple variety is not meant to eat raw (that's because the cider apples have a high tannin content with very firm flesh).
Also in alcoholic cider drinks, variations in brightness, sweetness, sparkling, still or sparkling, dry or slightly less, ... Moreover, there are now non-alcohol ciders.
Calvados is a drink that is the result of a special preparation where the fermented juice of the apples is to then be distilled. Thus, the Calvados from Normandy is twice distilled and aged in oak casks for several years.
Often the term "Calvados" mistaken for apple brandy from Normandy who do not come. Calvados apple brandy only applies in the region.
Finally there are also the ciderazijnen, which are also based on apple juice. Cider Vinegar has a similar process than usual ciders, however, is here at the end of the fermentation bacteria in a vinegar added to the tartness of the cider will break and make acetic acid. The result of this process is a vinegar-like with an amber color with a soft and sweet and sour taste.

healthy apples
Apples are also healthy to eat, but what's exactly in an apple?
A piece of apple 100 grams contains:

85 grams water
No fat and no protein
15 grams carbohydrates
Lots of vitamin C (4.5 mg)
Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12

Apples: Tips and Recipes

Apples: Tips and Recipes

Incomparable: home-grown apples

In our climatic zone apples are a fixture in the landscape fruits. Numerous gardens and courtyards cherish their apple tree. In store and supermarket are the finest specimens Flandria to blush and to excel. No, you can not compare apples and oranges.
But the home-grown apples, the Flandria label, of course, its incomparable anyway.
Second to none ... roughly translated: the first is not the best!
The names alone will get the mouth watering. Of apples Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Cox Orange, Boskoop Jonagored or pears or a Conference, Doyenne or Durondeau go almost daydreaming. This beautiful fruit is synonymous with sweet juiciness, many changes in taste and health. They bring a wealth of essential nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and bioactive substances.
Jonagold, Golden Delicious and the intersection of Jonathan, is by far the most popular Belgian apple.

A appeltip for each weekday:

An apple? Rather not!
The peel of the apple contains a lot of bioactive compounds, more than the flesh. Many antioxidants are near the skin, such as quercetin. Therefore, an apple are not a good idea if you want to enjoy most of his assets. Many people distrust the sometimes greasy appearance of the skin. Yet this is a natural phenomenon, especially in store apples. The shell develops during growth because a wax that ensures that quality maintenance is: very little oxidation, unwanted intruders ... The closer the layer, the better the storage quality. The more the skin has cracks, the quicker the apple 'shrink' and loses quality.

Keep a cool apple!
Apples keep best in your fruitvak the refrigerator. So they stay longer their taste and high quality is maintained.

A vitamin C tablet?
Itself contains an apple not a lot of vitamin C. But an apple does contain a bomb in antioxidants and prove that their services as a preventive against many chronic diseases (eg cardiovascular disease and certain cancers). Indeed: an apple a day keeps the doctor away ...

Welfare rather than from diseases?
An apple is a bold and tasty snack. Something for your teeth into. Dry the apples with a dry cloth and ... enjoy. Research shows that eating one or two apples per day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes would reduce the risk of increased cholesterol levels can reduce weight and also in hand to work.

Protection against influenza
Certain substances in apples (and onions) to help us protect against the flu virus. Much has to do with the presence of quercetin, an antioxidant. This substance has anti-inflammatory properties and makes it harder flu 'sick' can make. Let us be clear: the recommended hygiene measures to prevent infection with flu, of course, remain in effect.

Apple stuffed with nuts and sour cream.
Ingredients for 1 person:

1 apple
1 tablespoon walnuts
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon honey
4 tablespoons sour cream.

Drill core from the apple peel, but not him. Make the top opening larger.
Chop the nuts coarsely and mix with the sugar. Place the apples upright in a small oven dish and fill with the fruit notes. Add the honey and leave 15 minutes cook in a preheated oven at 200 ° C.
Whisk the sour cream until fairly thick but still liquid.
Place each apple on a plate and top with a spoonful of cream alongside.

Flip applesauce with honey.
Ingredients per person:

Flandria 1 apple
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons liquid honey
1 small pot of yoghurt (cold).

Peel the apples, core and slice the flesh into pieces.
Put the chopped apple with cinnamon and 1 tablespoon water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on the pan.
Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the applesauce honey well and let cool.
Fill a tall glass with alternating layers of yogurt and applesauce.

Apples Tips & Tricks

Apples tips and tricks for a longer and better preservation

Apples Tips and tricks:

1. Is it true that I do not apples with other fruits may be stored?

Yes. All fruits and vegetables that ripen emit ethylene from. This is an invisible gas that is completely harmless to humans. Especially apples, kiwis and tomatoes, many of these aging dust. Other fruits that lie close to the apples, take this substance through their skin on, each one more than the other. They will spoil much faster. Therefore captures best apples in a separate sealed case of the refrigerator or on a separate scale. Ditto for kiwis. Also best to store tomatoes separately - and preferably not next to cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli, eggplant and mushrooms because they are highly susceptible to spoilage by ethylene.

3. Why do potatoes sometimes so greasy? Is that the sprays?

No. That the peel of apples 'fatty' is all about is shining a natural process. On the skin of the apple is naturally a very thin layer of wax that protects the fruit. When the apple after harvest in the heat is (eg in shops this one is not refrigerated or living room) that is flowing waxy and greasy feel of the apple. The cooler the apple kept the less it will feel greasy. Using sprays phenomenon has nothing to do. Flandria producers of apples (and other Flandria vegetables) are also very proud that they are environmentally friendly work. They convert natural enemies and use sex to attack harmful insects and pests at bay.

3. Why do potatoes sometimes so greasy? Is that the sprays?

No. That the peel of apples 'fatty' is all about is shining a natural process. On the skin of the apple is naturally a very thin layer of wax that protects the fruit. When the apple after harvest in the heat is (eg in shops this one is not refrigerated or living room) that is flowing waxy and greasy feel of the apple. The cooler the apple kept the less it will feel greasy. Using sprays phenomenon has nothing to do. Flandria producers of apples (and other Flandria vegetables) are also very proud that they are environmentally friendly work. They convert natural enemies and use sex to attack harmful insects and pests at bay.

Apples for asthma

Eating apples is good for the resistance to asthma

The apple is a much more powerful antioxidants than one supplier of hitherto thought, according to independently conducted research in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. That way he can not only protect the body against heart disease and against some cancers but also against asthma.

In many places around the world, researchers working on the effects of antioxidants mapping. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body against oxidation. Are oxidation and free radicals that can damage protein, fat and DNA molecules cause. The antioxidants that provide protection against free radicals. Vitamin C and carotenoids (eg beta carotene in carrots and lycopene in tomatoes) are notable examples of such antioxidants.

Of independently conducted research in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, it now appears that the apple is a major source of antioxidants. The fruit contains large amounts of quercetin and other substances that have powerful antioxidant effect. A single apple makes even the same antioxidant activity as 1500 milligrams of vitamin C, as calculated by researchers Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The concentration of antioxidants, however, is five times stronger than in the skin into the flesh. An apple we can better do not peel.

Two apples a day for asthma

They knew that antioxidants protect mainly against heart disease and cancer of the head and neck, esophagus and stomach. The antioxidants in apples seem to be more. A study by the faculty of the St George Hospital in London had already shown that eating more than five apples a week, the breathing and lung function improved significantly.

Subjects over a period of five years more than five apples a week eating, were 13.8 cm larger lungs than those who never ate an apple. New research in Australia, the United Kingdom and Finland, now regularly eat apples also protects against asthma. The researchers found less asthma in people who are always at least two apples a day.

Finally, researchers from Cornell University in New York a link with Alzheimer's disease. They have found that quercetin, an antioxidant found mainly in apples occurs, brain cells of rats protects against oxidative stress, a condition that damages the brain tissue as occurs in Alzheimer's disease.

More apples - and generally more fresh fruits and vegetables - eat equips our body with the right antioxidants, which is now once again proved. When choosing vegetables and fruit is also not insignificant that the products are impeccably fresh and of good quality and above all environmentally conscious that they were grown. These guarantees are provided by the Flandria label. Choosing home-grown products is literally healthy!

Apples and pears

Apples and pears: tree shapes, races and storage

Apples and pears

When planting apples and pears, we think first of the delicious fruit. Then the selected races through the centuries. The shape, color, flavor and shelf life of fruits to determine their value. In apples is now a red blush appreciated. In time the trees blossom as beautiful as ornamentals.

Apple - tree form
Of apple (Malus domestica), various shapes of trees for sale, from the small remaining core to majestic trees burgeoning high. For small gardens are also suitable espaliered forms.
Fruit Varieties are always grafted onto a rootstock. Which determines the rate of growth of the variety of apple or pear. Sometimes even an intermediate strain used.
Growing weak rootstocks such as 'M 9' and 'M 27' ensure that the fruit tree bears small, and yet rich.
Tree Types:
The spindle is a weak growing root no more than 3 meters and is ideal for small gardens. First place a sturdy tree pole into the ground of about 2.5 m long;
An old-fashioned tall is often incredibly beautiful. But beautiful is not always practical. So it takes a lot of high pedigree space, up to 15 sqm. The first branches are also 2 m above the ground. For harvesting and pruning is therefore a ladder.

The shrub (stem of 50 cm height) and the half tribe (tribe of 1 to 1.20 m high) are intermediate forms. These tree types have quite a lot of space, but less than a tall.

Apple - breeds
When choosing the breed characteristics particular play a role, with the fruit have to do. Is it an eating apple puree or apple?
A second point to consider is the durability. Summer apples such as 'James Grieve' can only be stored for several weeks. In store apples such as 'Boskoop' is that a few months.
A typical apple summer (August), 'James Grieve'.
Keep Baar 'Alkmene, early September.
Good storage apples 'Elstar' and 'Cox Orange Pippin'.
'Jonagold' (harvest: October preservable to February).
If the old-fashioned apple purée bewaarras' Boskoop '(better known as "Goudreinette') are still appreciated.

Old-fashioned varieties
Apple varieties with names like "Silk Singlet ',' Sterappel" Double Bellefleur 'and' Groninger Kroon 'appeal to the imagination. They often thrive well without much care. The races are for the true enthusiast. The fruits are often a characteristic flavor.

The flowers of fruit trees to be pollinated. Otherwise they have no fruit. At least two trees for pollination of the same kind of need, therefore, two apple trees. They may be different from race, as long as they bloom simultaneously. Why are ornamental apples for pollination of apple consumption. The best pollinators are Malus' Golden Hornet 'and' Professor. Sprenger. Apples are decorative enough in residential areas.

Tip! In the past, apples are preserved by drying them. Cut them into slices and place on a wire. Varieties that lend themselves include "Notary Apple" and "Keulemans".

Rootstock for pear (Pyrus communis) is mainly 'Kwee MA' and 'Quince MC. But even with a weak rootstock grow stronger pears than apples. Tall with a 'hybrid' as rootstock has a narrower crown than apples. Pears Keep away from heat and shelter.
An attractive variety is 'Conference' already in the third year after planting in late August / early September to give a modest harvest. The advantage of this pear is that the 'Conference' without pollination fruit. Pollinated fruits, however, have a larger and more beautiful shape.

As summer variety is 'Bonne Louise d'Avranches' ​​recommended. Four days after picking the fruit is ripe.
Good pears are "St. Remy 'and' Gieser Wildeman '.

Tip! A pear is ripe to eat the flesh in the stem shrinks a bit.

apple tree pruning

pruning an apple tree
Apple: Scientific name: Malus domestica.

Family of the Rosaceae (rose family) and related to the peer.
Origin: Europe and West Asia

Some species:
Alkmene, Court-Pendu Rouge, Delcorf, Discovery, Ecolette Godivert, Grenadier, Gris Braibant, Holsteiner Cox, Jacques Lebel, James Grieve, Joseph Musch, la paix, Lena, Otava, Pilot, Pinova, Radoux, Rajka, Reanda, Reglindis, Reinette, Relinda, Rewena, Rubinola, Rubin Step, Santana, Boskoop, Sterappel, Vanda, ...

Flowering and pollination:
Is mainly pollinated by insects. Optimal cross-fertilization that gives many fruits and thicker.

Note: steady production of pollen is primordial for a good fertilization.

Good pollinators are enumerable hard as this really depends on the species planted (s)!
Example: Boskoop ---> pollinator than Alkmene, Delcorf, Discovery, Winston ...

Let bulbs generally have less of frost has good chances of success more

Fruits ripen from August to October off depending on the species.

Method of planting:

stock options are low, half-standard and tall.

possibility espaliered forms e.d.

Stem and half tall (this is mainly used for seedlings). Some rootstock types: M9, M26, MM106, MM111, M2, ... Depending on the rootstock weak to obtain a higher rate. Shows like this often need for some


A sunny spot to partial shade is good for the apple tree.

Respect a north - south direction for maximum light in the crown.

Soil: slightly acid soils are well tolerated, loamy soil is therefore ideal.

The planting:
And this can occur from November to March. Always keep account of possible frost periods.

If you purchase 2 year old container trees, there are on the whole system a few branches on which we are best pruned back to a maximum of 20 cm and 15 cm for the central leader of the leaders.

Let your first gesteltak start at a distance of at least 1 meter (half standard / tall)

Later hanging fruit will not hang to the ground. Then head up the second and third gesteltak with a minimum of 20 cm provide constructive.

We do this to avoid tearing especially when fruiting. The weight can also greatly
increase at that time.

deflect but can not give faster flower.

Rings of the bark:
This is an issue for older trees that have to be turned into flowering!
Period plays a huge role, it is best to do this also in the first 14 days of July.

How do we proceed?
We take a disinfected pruning knife and cut a strip to the desired height of 5 cm around the tree and remove the bark completely.

What happens in the tree?
The normally assimilates to the roots draw near, as it were to accumulate in the crown now, and go
inevitably make flower buds.

Caution: Never get your fingers on the wound! The wound may optionally afgesmeerd with grafting wax, but given the timing is not necessary.

The real hand carving, will turn itself to branches.

Carving the bark:
How do we proceed?
In mid March a notch applied just above a dormant eye. You may be up to 5 mm deep cutting, which the sap to the crown stops and the branch to start shooting. Layers (jargon) are thus aangepord for espaliered forms.

Reversed, it also works (carving down a branch) for assimilates in the branch store. On this kerfplaatsen buds will arise. But do we do this around the end of April.

Respect the spacing depending on the strain selection.

---> Keep this in account espaliered forms. Cable, usually branched, asymmetric form, suspended boom, palmette, ...

- Low strain: 1.5 to 3 meters away.

- Half tribe: go to 7 meters spacing.

- Standard: go to 12 meters spacing.

Pruning: is from December to March.

pay particular attention:

dead branches ---> prune.

steep branches ---> prune or wedge with softwood

branches that cross ---> prune (barns v / d branches leads to wounds ---> disease).

to remove the central leader converging branches.

long suckers with little buttons -> prune.

down fruit growing timber ---> Delete ---> get no sun!

pruning always with one eye facing out (crown) and the air and light to the chance in the

Friday, August 26, 2011

strawberries growth

strawberries grown in pots or outdoors


No fun fruit crop for the garden or the strawberry (Fragaria ananassa). If only one fruit of the strawberry perennials. All other species are shrubs or trees, woody plants known. In the past they were much like (fruit) grown nurseries, between the rows of trees or shrubs. This already indicates that they tolerate some shade.

Tip! With strawberries in the spring under a tunnel of translucent plastic to grow, the crop considerably earlier. Such temporary protection also prevents bird damage.

Work for planting compost through the soil and buy healthy (= approved) plant material. The most common varieties bear once a year. For the garden or in pots are races all summer wear, however, as appealing. If strawberries in March-April are planted, they will bear fruit until the following year, except for two-year seedlings. Who does not suffer from the weeds will have strawberries, explains before planting black plastic on the ground. Make a small hole at the place where the strawberry is planted. Except that the black plastic prevents weed growth, it also keeps moisture and heat.

Straw between the strawberry plants have the same effect and also keeps the fruit clean. If strawberries are planted in rows, 60 to 70 cm between the rows needed. In the row is 35 to 40 cm is sufficient. Good, once bearing varieties are 'Elsanta', 'Elvira' and 'Korona'. A breed is known for supporting 'Ostara'. New varieties are 'Rapella' and 'Selva'. They bear fruit between July and October and bloom simultaneously

Tip! Highly recommended for pots and garden plants, the woodland strawberry Fragaria vesca 'Alexandria'. This is considered to ornamental growers and perennials grown. "Alexandria" is not wearing spurs and aromatic, fairly large fruit between May and November.

in pots
Strawberries do well in pots. Purpose by bearing varieties like 'Ostara', 'Rapella' and 'Selva' is most appropriate.
The strawberry is light, moist and humus rich soil.
Prune branches away, give organic food in moderation.
Fresh strawberries are best served and uncooled; custody as jams, juices, frozen or alcohol.

Strawberry and berry

Use and supply of strawberries and berries
Strawberries and berry Flandria are environmentally friendly grown and carefully picked carefully packaged. They get a custom fertilizer and irrigation, thereby sparing the fruits are firmer and have a rich flavor.


The contemporary kitchen uses strawberries in savory dishes.

Process strawberries in salads or file them with a dash of balsamic vinegar instead of sugar.

Strawberries, currants and raspberries do well in salads with crab or lobster meat or shrimp, as in salads with a dressing based on blue cheese.

Raspberries are a delicious garnish salads with warm goat cheese.

A light mousse of strawberries or raspberries suits duck or chicken fillet with vegetable garnish.

Leave fish in the oven braise with a wreath of gooseberries around.

Give cheese croquettes with a sauce or a cheese platter of honey with cinnamon, a portion of blackberries and a splash of balsamic vinegar.


Strawberries: May, June, July and August remain the main season for strawberries. Until mid-June, the supply comes from the cultivation under plastic covers. Between mid June and early September, the Flandria strawberries grown outdoors in open as well.

Raspberries and blackberries: Their season runs from early June to a long way in November. In June and in autumn, the raspberries and blackberries from growing under glass, in the summer of protected cultivation under plastic coverings or nets.

Currants: either red, white and black currants are now available with the Flandria label. Their season runs from early June to late July.

Gooseberries: their season coincides with the month of June. Flandria gooseberries covered by the uniform size of the package. Gooseberries come in three varieties: green, green with a red blush and red.

Red currants Ribes rubrum

Currant Ribes rubrum or even red berry, or gin called trosbes

Or currants Ribes rubrum
Family: Grossulariaceae or Ribesfamilie

Delicious sweet and sour berries with a bomb of vitamins known as currants and berries also called cluster.

They are easy plants in Western Europe and their origin have little care questions. It is therefore highly recommended that any soft fruit or vegetable garden with small fruit would be missing. Bunch Berries are monoecious with male and female flowers occur on the same plant. So suffice even a berry bush to harvest. The red berries bloom from mid-April and are pollinated by bees and other insects. The bushes are also up to 180 cm high, making them an ideal viewing screen from plants and wind can form around your vegetable garden.
And shrub planting:
Buy healthy plants at least 3 strong branches constitution. Currant bushes of it is best planted in autumn or possibly in early spring. Plant a few in a row and a spot in full sun or partial shade. Plant the bushes a few centimeters deep as they previously were in the pot or open ground so they can anticipate. After planting the soil firmly and water well. Fit the bottom of a layer of straw or mulch.
In the spring you can prune the shrubs in four to five shoots and you may then also halved. Bring some extra food in the spring around the bushes in the form of eg a layer of compost. By mixing compost into the soil, the soil also suddenly able to hold moisture better and keep it currant bushes. Then you have these shrubs are not much work except the end of May to provide a bird netting so it does not fly with the berries. Red berries attract birds that simply delicious fruit also manage to taste. When planting translucent white berries with their fruits you will suffer less from bird predation a finding. The birds marks the transparent ripe fruits much less quickly. White currants are also a bit sweeter than red cultivars. There are also black currant (Ribes petraeum), but they are not good for your fingers to eat. They are very suitable for making preserves, jam or jelly.

The yield per bush can quickly increase to 5 to 10 liters. Such a rich harvest berries can be very difficult and only in the vegetable drawer of the fridge you can keep them just three days. Fortunately there are many delicious dishes that these berries can be used such as cakes, pies, desserts or for juice. Are there too, you know that after the harvest they can also suddenly freeze.
Pick the berries until they are sufficiently suit. The taste is much better. When all bunches harvested pluck off and discard the berries you post the stalks.
Straight hedge or espalier form:

Currant bush without any worry and grow, but many fans also plant them along a cord known as espalier or hedge straight shape.
The planting distance in the row is 1m, while it maintains three main branches per tree than the one that will tie wires.
Espalier advantage of this is that the berries ripen better and more evenly. In addition, they are easier to pick.
After harvesting the plants can be rejuvenated by the oldest or inward-growing branches cut away. Allow a maximum of ten sturdy shoots.

Diseases and pests of currants:
Birds: bird nets protect the harvest.
Rhopalosiphoninus ribesinus is a blight that causes leaves to curl or brownish red bumps on the top of the leaves. This growing tips often die off. Affected shoots can be best to cut off the attack.

Propagation of currants:
Red berries increase is fairly easy through winter cuttings or by a young shoot to lead to the bottom and possibly in shallow carving where the branch touches the ground. This place you then cover with a layer of soil so that even in the summer and nice and moist root formation can take place. In the following spring you can afsnoeien twig and plants at the desired location.

Some varieties of Ribes rubrum:
Most breeds have their origin in the Netherlands where they have been established since the year 1500.
The differences between the races are not very large only the time of ripening and harvesting are slightly apart. Therefore one often speaks of early and late varieties. By using different varieties to plant, harvest the spread between mid-June and early September.

Some early varieties (early June)

Ribes rubrum 'Esquire van Tets': Very early. Very strong plant with long racemes of sweet red berries.
Ribes rubrum 'Red Vierlander': Well-branched plants with high yield. Sweet and sour red berries on long trusses.
Ribes rubrum 'White Pearl': White very sweet berries in medium clusters.

Some breeds middentijdse (mid July)

Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake': red berries. Variety with a high production.
Ribes rubrum 'Stanza', by wearing long red berries.
Ribes rubrum 'White Grape': White berries
Ribes rubrum 'Witte Hollander': white currants with high berry production

Some late varieties (from late July - early August)

Ribes rubrum 'Around': Strong plants with large bunches of dark red berries.
Ribes rubrum 'Rebel Round': Large red berries on medium clusters.
Ribes rubrum 'Rosetta': Red berry with high production.

Ribes rubrum in other languages​​:
Dutch: Red berries or berries bunch
German: Rote Johannisbeere
English: Red currant
Swedish: Röda Vinbar
French: Groseilles rouges
Finnish: Punainen hollantilainen
Italian: Ribes rosso
Portuguese Grosellas rojas

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Alternatieve Advent wreath

Advent wreath with alternative green homemade baubles


Wreath of greens, and homemade baubles

A wreath is always in, but a wreath of nothing but greens is surely something very original.

Precisely because nothing else was used than greens, it is a tone on tone arrangement.

It was next to the green variety of materials chosen for convex shapes to accentuate, by tufts Hydrangea by bolmos and colored floral foam balls out there with a potato balls are removed maker.

A wreath can be flat on the table, but you can refine it a little on a glass dish to present, which gives more cachet.

We opted for homemade ornaments with colored floral foam.


a floral foam wreath
Spheres of Asclepias
turned green Hydrangea Flower (Hydrangea), preferably with a little crackling (like paper) feel. If it is not too wet autumn, the white Hydrangeas beautifully green this time of year.
poker fine wire
good cutting knife to cut your flowers
iron wire cutting pliers
any gutta Perka and toothpicks
colored light green floral foam (green tone on tone to continue)
a beads maker (kitchen equipment: for potatoes)
a variety of fine green material, nice because the bulbs are there than most into it: eg Buxus, eg types Euyonimus, Viburnum tinus, types of ivy, Osmanthus, Baccharis, Gaultheria shallon (salalblad), Pieris, Sarcococca, Spiraea, ... Make sure You have different shades of green, from light to dark green, but no shades of gray, or burgundy sheet. shades
toothpicks or skewers


let your floral foam wreath in a large bowl of water to soak the wreath is completely covered. Without pushing on, in order not to break the structure, otherwise your flower is not enough moisture.
Put on wire Hydrangea. You can use fine wire used poker, or you can also use sticks to you with your flower stalk gutta Perka to confirm.
Tying up of Hydrangeas tufts usually happens as follows.
Take a piece of fine wire lever, insert it through the delicate branches of a flower.
Opportunities to make candles to handle

With a soft green candle in the middle
with four rounded green candles you through a poker wire under your candle on the wreath in place
middle of the crown glass lantern post
glass tea lights in place
glass candle holders on foot, in your floral foam punctured
long green candles that you stick a candle in your green floral foam between the sets

Alternative Advent wreath

Alternative Advent wreath with white poplar branches and cornu

Flower arrangements:


Cornus poplar and red are often used in alternative Christmas pieces. Red and gray go well with Christmas greenery and custom baubles.

Leaves of poplar by florists often months before the Christmas spirit already drawn and stacked in boxes stored in the freezer. Just before the bonding they are thawed per pack.

Which you can make the piece

Of polystyrene 5 cm thick
Thick cardboard
Many abeelbladeren stalks
Red Leaves Cornu (best leave them in advance what to dry near heat)
Green spruce (preferably from a gray-green fir)
A large quantity of Christmas bulbs on wire (which is good for you both shiny and matte incorporated, from silver to gray)
A sharp knife
Pin or glue wallpaper paste
A beautiful red bolkaars
red, finely decorated board
Straw staples 3 cm
poker thread
eucalyptus branches with berries

How to proceed

You cut out your foam with a sharp knife, a cake of 30 cm.
It gives you a circular motion (type of yin-yang) from, from narrow to wide in the middle. You can do this drill with a sharp apple, or carefully with a paring knife. Conservation is at the bottom of the cake a few cm soil, because you must be pinned up in green.
Line the hollowed out cake pan with white poplar using glue or wallpaper paste pin (but then it takes much longer to dry)
Cut a circle out of cardboard with an inner circumference 4 cm larger than the circumference of your cake from poplar.
Glue here with glue stick (for cardboard takes more moisture) on poplar.
Cut pine green briefly and make up the opening. You need to just above the pine green cake out. Start your settlement on the outside and inside so the wide side of the figure. Put down the branches with straw staples 3 cm.
Alternate, now pine green, eucalyptus branches with berries, a few Christmas balls, which binds the wires together and who also put down with staples straw into the Styrofoam.
Keep filling at the same thickness, so you do not get holes.
Cut with an iron rod or iron wire scissor lever pieces 3 pieces of about 5 cm. Heat ends in a flame and put it at the bottom of your candle. Your candle is now three feet and can therefore safely dry your abeeltaart stand.
Prick your candle on the end of your filling securely.
Cut and tie branches Cornus this pendulum decorated board. Wrap the wire several times around a twig, leave about 5 cm of wire and wrap the next stick firmly. If you Cornus is dry, you will have branches in further drying does not fall out. If the Cornus still fresh, then you have the chance of sprigs of gimp your board falls in the dry.
Cornu Drappeer you crank on the cardboard circle.

alternatieve adventskrans

Flower arrangements: alternative Advent wreath making

Advent wreath different views:


Peace and quiet, a dull sheen that remains after the departure of summer and fall does our desire for brilliance and color, the period before Christmas is the run through the creative and playful of the following proposed table arrangement we give our living room has an extra dimension of celebration and longing.

Advent, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas is an important period of Christianity in the church year. Traditionally we decorate our interiors with an Advent wreath, the wreath that I proposal differs somewhat from the classic pattern but is strikingly beautiful and harmonious. In this alternative arrangement, the circular movements (infinity), the crown (a sign of warmth and hope litter) and the four lights (symbols of the four Sundays) back to a rather playful way. We anticipate using as many natural elements and green ditto most notably bolkaarsen 4. Although color is purple for Advent in the church liturgy, is the main tone of this settlement contrasting green and red.

This seating arrangement in a flat bowl is made according to the multi-point principle.


Plant material

Berries and fruits: apples red trim, holly or Skimmiabessen, chestnuts

Green: green spruce, Skimmia, box, lavender .... Moss: kussentjesmos or moss from garden and forest

Other: Hydrangea Flower, Polygonumstokken, ornamental grass stalks in little bundle tied ...

For the crown: weak branches or vines of Clematis, Cornus ...

No plant material:

a large, flat dish and round trimmer

sharp knife green floral foam


Glue Gun


florist wire


Adhesive sticks in the bowl with the glue gun down (to the oasis is in place to keep). Cut the floral foam saturated blocks lengthwise so that by one inch thick van4 interested nations place with a little cutting and paswerk in shallow dish. The floral foam does not have the edge. The moss will later cover the openings.

Place the candles, to taste, or not at the same level on the floral foam and draw some concentric circles in the oasis.
Cut the green at the same height and position type by type on the created circles. Place the same hollow, cut Polygonumstokken.

Place the decorative red apples (one red varieties: Profusion, Red sentinel, Red obelisk) and fill the hollow Polygonumstokken go with green.
The greater the color contrast the more lines and circular movements reflect.

Then insert the greenery, the hydrangea flowers, chestnuts (advance toothpicks or skewers inserted). Make that everything fits and that no more green floral foam can be seen.

Place the rest of the greenery, holly berries and homemade little bundle of ornamental grass to full-scale outlet. Place the moss.

Put on the edge of the dish kussentjesmos (moss or other) so that everything fits well and there are no more openings.

To complete the arrangement to create a slight crown with branches not too heavy (eg: vines of Clematis) with a diameter similar to that of the bowl so that the crown just at the inside of the bowl beneath. This special operation is transformed into an Advent wreath arrangement.

A bit quirky and specifically, the Advent wreath, but worthwhile. The days are gloomy, the weather is not easy, it makes your living room a festive, this ring will provide them the unique atmosphere!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Advent Pieces of members

Advent Pieces created by members of the gardening advice floral Forum

Advent Pieces of Forum:

A scale

a little sand in it (decorative sand) instead of sand may also lichen

glass tealights


small Christmas balls and decorate it

On flower arranging forum posted by: Thumb

Around a glass vase to make a lattice of branches. I have ivy vines and hops used. Then clamps / paste with materials of your choice! I chose white painted fern, black feathers, waxed cherries, mirrors, glass beads, Christmas balls, .........
Then the candle in the vase with a piece oasefix. I clamped the candles even more with a kilo of berries juniper!

Advent Wreaths members

Advent Wreaths made ​​by members - About Advent

Advent is a word in Christianity derived from the Latin word "Adventus" what is "coming" means. It is the period in which one or the coming birth of Jesus Christ and commemorates the new church year begins.
In the church you see in the Advent period the purple color appears. This is the liturgical color for penance and repentance. On the third Sunday we sometimes use the pink color.

Advent lasts four weeks and starts each year on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The Advent season begins therefore always on a Sunday between November 27 and December 3. This year Advent starts on Sunday, November 30. Advent period always ends on December 24. The length of the Advent few days can be shorter or longer according to the date on which the fourth Sunday falls on the 24th December, but it always contains four Sundays.

November 30, 2008: 1st Sunday: Levavi
December 7, 2008: 2nd Sunday: Populus Sion
14 December 2008: 3rd Sunday: Gaudete
December 21, 2008: 4th Sunday: Rorate.
December 25, 2008: Christmas

In the Orthodox church, Advent is starting at a fixed date which is on November 15, exactly 40 days so it counts.

The Christians are not only symbolically manifest in the church, but do this by using an Advent wreath with four candles on it in their home. Every Sunday, a candle lit more candles so on the last Sunday before the 24th all four candles are burning. The candles symbolize the light of God in the world by the birth of His son Jesus. In principle, the candles are purple (except the third which is pink) and put them each in the order of weeks already passed.

The Advent wreath is the recognized symbol of Advent. The wreath is of origin with evergreen branches around and made ​​to symbolize eternal life of God. The round wreath there were four red candles in the center of the Advent wreath was placed a higher white candle as the symbol of Christ. The fifth candle was lit on Christmas Day. Using the fifth candle is white in this country disappeared. In America and Britain know they still do.

Advent Wreaths by forum members

Advent Wreaths made ​​by members of the floristry Forum

The Advent wreath is the recognized symbol of Advent. The wreath is of origin with evergreen branches around and made ​​to symbolize eternal life of God.

Advent few pieces on our forum were posted by floral floral love women: