fruit orchards

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Fruit Dragons:

-They carefully cultivate an orchard of their favorite fruit trees, since fruit is their main food. If a bug infestation occurs though, they will eat every harmful bug to protect their trees.

-To start their orchard, they will find an open field or meadow and plant the seed of their favorite fruit. Once planted they use a special spell only known to their kind to rapidly grow the tree. 

-Usually the size of a large housecat, they are long and slender with dexterous clawed paws. Their scales change to match either the fruit of the tree they’re in or the fruit they are craving.

-They can fly but have no wings, as they would get in the way as they check the branches on their trees. They are often checking their trees for dead branches, damage, and such.

-In their oldest trees they weave hammocks from things like vines and stash their hoard their. If one tries to approach one such tree, they will be viciously driven from the orchard.

When you dwell beside the orchard
you do not see the moon’s ripe
fruit glistening on iced branches.
There is no fruit, you say,
to your daughter who stands
on tiptoe, ready to pluck, to hold
one bright note close to her lips.
—  M.J. Iuppa, closing lines to “Night Notes,” Small Worlds Floating: Poems (Cherry Grove Collections, 2016)
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.-Galatians 5:22-23 MSG
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“Pick Of The Crop.” Julia Nobis photographed by Stephan Ward for Vogue Australia, October 2013.

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To discover the new frontier of urban farming, you’ll have to look up — and look sharp — for hanging fruit.

Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to persimmons to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other North American cities. Groups like the Portland Fruit Tree Project advocate for public access to existing fruit trees so that people can glean crops that would otherwise go uneaten — an idea some are calling radical. Other groups are more interested in planting new groves of fruit trees on previously fallow city land.

Fruit trees produce food, but also provide shade, keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, improve water quality and may even deter crime. Advocates say they also have a longer lasting impact on communities than vegetable beds.

Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

Photo credit: Courtesy of Philadelphia Orchard Project

I helped plant fifteen trees yesterday at Fox Hollies park, here is a quick guide I drew late on Friday night when someone said that oh yeah we totally should have something like this to show the people who may have never planted anything before.  Ultimately planting a tree is as simple as “stick in the ground with the root end down” but if you want to give it the best possible start then little tricks like making sure you loosen the soil under the roots and staking it in help a lot.  Staking it on southwest side is something relevant to the UK where primary wind direction is from the southwest.  As a general rule, the stake should be on the side whereever you get most wind from where you are (thus in windy weather the tree will pull away from the stake and not rub against it).

I just wrote a check for my entire life savings in order to buy this quiet little house up on a ridge at the end of a cul-de-sac so I can have a couple chickens and a miniature orchard of fruit trees and no neighbors to scrutinize me when I sit on my porch getting day-drunk lol.

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any good dried fruit brands that are low in calories and maybe even sugar?

Brands vary depending on location, but there’s this brand called President’s Choice that has this orchard fruit mix (I think) that’s unsweetened and oil-free! But even if you can’t find this, just check the ingredients before purchasing. Most packaging where I live will say “unsweetened” on the front, so I usually get that. You can also dry your own fruit, in the oven or a dehydrator, so maybe google how to do that so you know for certain what’s in it. Hope that helped~