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Natural Pest Control That Works!

Since moving to a warmer and wetter climate, I have had to UP my pest control game. As much as I hated the cold temps in Colorado, it did bring welcome relief from those pesky mosquitoes, flies, ticks, spiders, etc. I could get away with a light peppermint infused spray or natural citronella to stop any invasion. Here in the south, it’s a different story.

It’s been a joy to watch and learn what my new home’s natural habitat looks like. The new spiders, the beautiful birds that keep the mosquito population down all by themselves, and even the fierceness of the tiny fire ant have all earned my respect. That doesn’t mean that I am going to share my home with them. Finding a product that is safe for my family and pets AND actually works has been a bit of an experiment, but I am happy to share with you that I have found a company that I love.

I have settled on the company, Cedarcide. Their products are backed by green chemistry and thoroughly tested for efficacy and dependability. They work closely with chemists and entomologists to deliver the best, family-safe goods on the market. They carefully select the ingredients for safety and performance — naturally sourced, plant-based, non-GMO ingredients are the backbone of the formulas.

I spray my home every six weeks and the yard area every couple weeks. This keeps all unwanted critters at bay and I have assurance that what is sprayed is safe for my family and pets. Also, as someone who is extremely sensitive to smells, these products have superseded my expectations.

The products fit perfectly into my holistic lifestyle and is why I have decided to partner up with Cedarcide and add them to The Fit Farmacy’s Store. I especially love that the products will not harm pollinators. The products are specifically designed not to deter beneficial bugs like bees and butterflies. And because the lawn products contain no harsh ingredients, no downtime is necessary. You, your family and pets can enjoy your yard immediately after application.

Note* Please apply lawn products in the morning or evening to avoid accidentally spraying pollinators directly.

You can order straight from the posted links and as always, clients of The Fit Farmacy earn a 20% discount on all products I sell.

Not a client yet, let’s change that. Everyone should have a Holistic Practitioner in their back pocket as a resource. Become a client today! But, let’s get back to the products! Here are some of my favorites that you will want to start using asap.

ALL PURPOSE BUG SPRAYPeppermint, Lemongrass, or Cedarwood

ALL PURPOSE BUG SPRAY VARITY PACK (3) – Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Cedarwood

Wherever your bug problem, All-Purpose Bug Spray has you covered. Protect your family & pets from bites, kill & repel bugs, and keep your plants bug free—all with a single product.

Easy to use, kills on contact, prevents bites

Safe for clothing, plants, gear, flooring & furniture

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Reminder: Cats can be sensitive to peppermint essential oil.

How To Use:

For Adults: Spray directly on your skin. To avoid eyes and mouth, use hands to apply to your face. Apply as needed or every 3-4 hours.

For Children: Apply to children using your hands or a cloth. Use sparingly, avoiding their eyes, mouth, and hands.

For Dogs & Horses: Lightly mist their coat, including their underbelly, ears, and tail. Massage the spray into their fur. To avoid their eyes and mouth, use your hands to apply to their face. Apply every 2-4 days or more often as needed.

For Cats: Apply weekly using your hands. If sensitivity occurs, discontinue use and bathe.

For Indoor Use: Mist flooring, furniture, countertops, pet spaces, fabrics, and more. Spray bugs directly or apply indoors weekly for prevention. For delicate items, test on a small area first.

For Plants and Outdoor Spaces: Protect indoor and outdoor plants from pest damage by lightly misting their leaves and branches weekly. For best results, apply in the early morning or evening.


BUG-FREE LAWN KITSmall, Medium, Large

The Lawn Kit kills & repels unwanted bugs like Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps and Roaches without harsh ingredients.

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Easy to use, kills on contact, works fast

No downtime required—Enjoy your yard immediately


TICK SHIELD EXTRA STRENGTH– 3 Sizes

For people, gear, indoors & animals over 20 lbs, Tickshield kills and repels Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps & Roaches.

Extra strength, kills on contact, prevents bites

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Safe for clothing, gear, flooring & furniture


VET’S CHOICE PETS & LIVESTOCK CONTROL CONCENTRATE – 3 SIZES

Vet’s Choice is an extra-strength and highly versatile pest control concentrate that kills and repels Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps and Roaches. 

Concentrated, kills on contact, works fast

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Safe for dogs, livestock, stables, barns, kennels and more


I hope you find these products as big a blessing as I have. I can’t wait to hear how they have helped you. Let me know!

Also, since I have found out first hand how much fire ants love my flower beds (before I started treating them) I have found a wonderful treatment to help draw out the poison and soothe the sting.

I have made my own poultice combo that I am selling. Of course you can make your own. Just make sure you are using high-quality products so the injury is not further aggravated.

For drawing out insect bites from fire ants, mosquitoes, horse flies, stings:

Use my INSECT BITE DRAWING POULTICE to immediately cool the sting and store in your natural medicine cabinet for emergencies.

Happy Summer!

Disclaimer
All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

If you would have asked me 25 years ago if my life would be anything like the way it is now I would have ‘laughed-out-loud’.  That’s the funny thing about life though; it evolves, molds, and paves ways most of us wouldn’t have chosen.  I can say that I LOVE my life and I couldn’t fathom a life any different than the one I am living.  However, this life was given to me by many circumstances that was completely out of my husband’s and my hands.

My husband has been a home builder for over 20 years.  We have moved and started from scratch six times over the past 13 years.  Starting from scratch isn’t for the faint of heart.  Packing, storing, keeping the houses ‘show ready’ and never being able to put down roots hasn’t always been easy.  We have lived in barns, fifth wheels, and campers while we would establish our property enough to live ‘properly’ in.  My husband would joke and say that we were the 21st century pioneers.  We have homeschooled for 10 of those years, making our ‘moves’ even more challenging, but we always managed to land on our feet.  With each home we learned so much.  Sure, I would dream that each home could be our last one but God grew the ability of detachment in me as it was all vanity.  Through the years, we have learned to simplify our needs and to focus on our healthy lifestyle.  The path that led me to study as a Holistic Practitioner was due to a few personal health issues and a very personal vaccine injury in my family.  This really made me focus in on how I am raising my family and how I can help to improve their health.  My main focus through the years has led me to live as natural and toxic-free as we can.

I am very happy to say that, Lord willing, we have found our final resting place and even though we are starting from scratch…..again, we are thrilled that we finally get to call a place “home”.   We have taken all the lessons over the past 20 years, downsized our dreams just a bit, and are fulfilling our current dreams that have been placed in our hearts.  My husband, the provider, has worked very hard to allow us to live debt free.  Me, the country hippie, animal lover, and garden dweller…well, I have the dream of running a year-round, organic-producing farm.

With that being said, I have put a list together of a few of my favorite things that I couldn’t live without. Whether you live on a farm or not, these products have made my top ten list and I know you will love them too.  These products have made our lives easier and healthier and I can’t wait to share them with you.

My Top Ten Must-Haves

 

#1  NurtiBullet

The first product that I would be lost without is my NurtiBullet.  This is a new product to me but it has changed my life.  While studying to be a Holistic Practitioner, one of the key health points we learn about is the importance of REAL, raw, organic, nutrient-dense  food.  Smoothies have been a great way for my family to eat raw foods (and the kids don’t always see what goes into those smoothies).  Smoothies are also a great way to detoxify and help your body to run smooth.

#2 6 Quart Icecream Maker

This is a summer treat that my family absolutely loves.  This product allows me to make a completely organic treat for my family.  I don’t have to worry about unwanted ingredients and harmful chemicals like Polysorbate 80. This is a toxic ingredient found in many ice creams.  It has been shown to negatively affect the immune system, cause infertility issues, and it is also an ingredient found in some vaccines.

By making my own ice cream I don’t feel guilty because I know exactly what is going into it.  Yes, it is an occasional indulgence , so don’t overindulge.

My handed-down recipe for homemade icecream is here:

The World’s Best Homemade Ice-cream

 

#3 Mortar and Pestle Set

If you are a culinary extraordinaire (or at least you pretend to be), a hobbyist herbalist, or even just beginning to learn about how important herbs are, you are going to want to invest in a good mortar and pestle set.  From muddling mint for mojitos to grinding dried  pepper flakes, this set will be your best friend.  Plus, it makes a killer guacamole.

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#4  Cast Iron Set

Once you move to ‘the other side’ of toxic-free living, you will soon learn that you need to ditch the ever-so-popular, non-stick cookware.  Yes, cast iron cookware does need some attention and love but they are worth it.  If you think about how often you cook with contaminated cookware, it would be cheaper to buy a set of good cast iron and worth the maintenance to keep it nice than a heavy metal detox….and speaking of heavy metal detox…. if you’re needing one, let’s talk Cleansing Options. 

#5 Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System

I really shouldn’t have to talk about the importance of good, clean water, but, alas….here we are.  You should be consuming half your body weight in ounces of pure H2O every single day.  If you’re not, you are backing up one of your body’s main elimation pathways.  No…..coffee, tea (not even green tea), energy drinks, etc. do not count towards your daily ounces of pure H2O.  City water treatment plants are not as healthy as you think.  Depending on the level of chlorine, you might even think about putting a filter on your shower head to block out the chlorine.  Heating chlorine is NOT your friend. We are blessed to have our own well drilled, but as soon as our living arrangements are finalized, this filtration system will be in place.

 

#6 Coffee Press

We are now living three months with no electricity except with the occasional treat that the generator gives us.  I invested in a good coffee press right away.  I only drink a cup a day and I make it super charged.  Sitting outside, sipping on some coffee on warm summer mornings while overlooking our beautiful pond and thanking the Lord for another day is one of my favorite times of the day.

My Morning Coffee

Colombia Jo

MCT Oil

Organic Turmeric

Organic Cinnamon

And, either a splash of organic half and half or coconut milk.

 

#7 Diffusers

Talk about diffuser withdrawal while being off-grid.  I run them when ever I can while we have the generator running.  But, when we have permanent electricity, I do have a diffuser in every room.  They have wonderful effects on our limbic system.  They help support not only or physical needs but also our emotional needs.  There are some tips and tricks to using EOs and diffusers.  One thing most people do not know is to NOT over diffuse.  We tend to think, the more the merrier.  This is not the case with essential oils.  You can become sensitized to them and actually develop an allergy to them.

If you need some EO education and support on how to use this wonderful modality, I would love to help.

Online Aromatherapy Class

 

#8 Etee Wraps

Ditch your plastic and keep your food fresher, longer.  Toxic plastic wrap, storage containers, and aluminum foil are no longer needed thanks to my washable Etee Wraps.  I use them to wrap up sandwiches, cover bowls, and store food safely in the frigde.
100% Hand made and 100% all natural, organic, non-GMO.

#9 Is My Top Farm Products

This could have dominated my list of favorites so I combined them into a sub-category.  I have had to learn a lot about running an organic farm and I am sure I still have LOTS to learn.  The care and products my animals receive are very important to me.  After all, they are giving us great nutrition in return.

1) Diatomaceous earth, Food grade

Whether you are maintaining a parasite-free coop and stable or ridding parasites naturally, DE is one of my favorite products to have on hand.  There are some health precautions to know about with handling DE.  Make sure it is food grade.  Do not inhale while dusting animals or the stable floors.

2) Colloidal Silver

Silver is always with me.  It is in my tack room ready for any occasion that I may come across,  I recently was able to help a new chick that had developed some congestion with silver along with helping a badly injured leg from one of my does.  When it comes to fighting off infection, this is my go-to product.

3) Apple Cider Vinager

Okay, really, what can’t ACV do?  All the farm animals get ACV in their water. It is especially helpful for chickens in egg production and helps feather growth when molting season arrives. For more on what ACV can do read my blog https://myfitfarmlife.com/2018/07/09/apple-cider-vinegar-uses-on-the-farm/

#10 Dyson V7 Motörhead  

I never knew I could love a vacuum so much.  This is a workhorse that can go from carpet to floor to couch with no conversion necessary.  I love that it is cordless and can be converted to a handheld in seconds, which works great when I use it for the cars.  Even my kids enjoy vacuuming because it literally takes minimal effort!

I am always on the lookout for new ways to make our lives simpler, healthier, and easier.  What are your favorite must-have products that make your life easier, but healthier?

As always, I am here for any questions or health concerns you have. Feel free to email me and don’t forget to follow me of FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Blessings,

Stacey Upchurch, CNHP
Star Member through Young Living

Disclaimer
All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

*This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. This means I earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of these links.*

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses On The Farm

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been overlooked as one of the top products to have on hand when in comes to maintaining a natural, healthy farm.  ACV can be used for almost anything.   It is very cost effective and it WORKS!

Running an organic farm is rewarding.  When I was putting my small farm into operation, the cleanliness of my herd and property was very important to me.  I wasn’t about trade in my natural and organic standards for a few, easy but toxic  “cleaning” techniques that could have harmful effects on not only the animals, but eventually on my family.  I am so thankful that history is our best teacher.  For thousands of years people have been putting into practice natural, organic farming techniques.   I think I will do it their way!

First of all, you need to know that not all apple cider vinegars are equal.  You need to find a raw, unfiltered, oraganic brand.  I do love the BRAGG Brand of ACV.  It doesn’t look or smell pretty but it does its job!  Just some of the reasons why you want to stay away from products with pasteurization, refining, or distilling is because these processes actually kill most of the healthy benefits of the ACV.  When buying raw, unfiltered ACV you will be receiving a product that is full of potassium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, copper, plus so much more.  These wonderful minerals would have been killed in the pasteurization process otherwise.

I hope that you start to add ACV into your daily routines so that you and your farm can start to see the difference it makes.  These are some of my favorites ways to use ACV:

Pest Control

If you have animals you have had to face pest control one way or another.  Flies, fruit flies, fleas, and ticks will have met their match once you have your rinse or spray formulated.  For heavy contamination of bugs, a rinse with 50/50 ACV and water mixture should be used to bathe the animal.  For maintenance, have a spray bottle diluted 50/50 ACV and distilled water and spray down animals once a day.  It also helps to disinfect the coops, pins, buckets, and feeders.

NOTE* ACV isn’t a friend of metal pans or feeders.

Digestive Health

ACV is a great way to maintain a normal pH balance in our animals and in us!  When our bodies have the proper pH, we can absorb the nutrients it needs to function and fight off disease. It helps to fight off bacteria and candida overgrowth that could lead to many health problems.  This also helps pest control when taken internally.  It literally makes the bugs NOT want to bite!  WIN WIN!

For Humans – 1 TBSP added to 1 cup of warm water daily

For Poultry- 1-2 TBSP for 1 gallon of water

For Dogs and Cats- 1 tsp in water bowl

For Goats/Sheep-  2 TBSP for 1 gallon of water

Chickens

I already listed why chickens need ACV for digestive health but they benefit from it in so many other ways.  Both meat birds and egg layers need ACV in their diet. With ACV being so rich in minerals, it aids in the production of healthy eggs.  It also helps them recover lost feathers after molting.  We want our meat birds as healthy as they can be.  ACV gives them the health boost they need along with providing very tender meat.

Disinfectant 

Remember me talking about keeping the coops and pins clean?  A 50/50 spray will be in every tack room you have.  You can spray down nesting boxes, feeders, bowls, kennels, brushes, and combs.  ACV can help to kill pathogens, including bacteria. It can be used topically or internally, which makes it perfect for cleaning and disinfecting.  It can also be used as a food preservative (very important in canning foods) which can stop the growth of bacteria like E. coli.

*NOTE -ACV isn’t a friend to metal pans or feeders.

Fruit and Veggie Wash

Of course I am going to promote buying only organic produce. However, sometimes that just isn’t an option.  I have had to rely on conventionally grown produce more than just a time or two.  A great way to clean all those toxins off is in a veggie soak.

Dilute 1 Tbsp ACV in 1 cup of water.
Add fruit or veggies.
Soak and stir (literally shake the food around) for about 5 minutes.
Rinse well, dry, and store properly.

If you’re not sure it works, just look at the bowl after you have removed the food.  YUCK!

Now, giving your produce a ACV wash isn’t just to clean them.  It also preserves them a bit so your produce will last longer in the fridge.

Here are some great tips on how to store your produce after an ACV wash:

AIR-TIGHT CONTAINER

bell peppers
broccoli
cabbage
carrots
cherries
cucumber
radish
spinach                                                                                                                                    asparagus

VENTILATED CONTAINER OR PLASTIC BAG IN THE FRIDGE

berries
eggplant
mushrooms
snap peas                                                                                                                                       greens and lettuce (they can be washed and stored in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel however, I have had better luck with them in an air-tight container)

ON THE COUNTER

avocado
bananas
mango
melon                                                                                                                                               citrus                                                                                                                                            peaches and plums
tomatoes (don’t ever put tomatoes in the fridge, it may preserve them but it will greatly affect their taste)

Hives

My final use for ACV that I am going to share is for hives.  A diluted formula of 1/5 ACV to water (in a glass spray bottle) works wonders.   My daughter kept breaking out in hives after an ATV accident.  It was from many different issues that was going on with her but we turned to the ACV spray for immediate relief.  We added in a few dietary changes to help as well but every time she broke out, her hives would dissipate in a matter of minutes after the spray had soaked in.

Need More Help?

I hope that you have found some new and beneficial uses of ACV.  I have my favorite brand linked straight to amazon if you can’t wait to add this to your natural medicine cabinet. I have used ACV in many other ways such as removing moles and warts and it is a great aid in helping to regulate blood sugar.  These are just some of the ways that a CNHP can help show you how natural methods can improve your health.  You can set up a consultation and learn of all the ways you can benefit from being on my client list.

https://myfitfarmlife.com/holistichealth/

 

I am also leaving y’all my favorite coleslaw recipe…enjoy!

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As always, I am here for any questions or health concerns you have. Feel free to email me and don’t forget to follow me of FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest @myfitfarmlife.

Blessings,

Stacey Upchurch, CNHP
Star Member through Young Living

Myfitfarmlife@gmail.com

Disclaimer
All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

*This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. This means I earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of these links.*

Drying Herbs

I have loved cooking with fresh herbs my entire adult life.   It has always been so rewarding going into your garden to snip a couple of fresh herbs for dinner each night.  What I didn’t know was how easy and affordable it was to grow your own organic herbs to be dried for the winter when those fresh herbs are not at your disposal.

This is the first season that I attempted drying my own herbs and I am very pleased with the success of it.  Simplifying steps and thinking through the process has really made this not only a pantry stocker but also a fun new hobby!

If drying herbs is new to you, do not let it overwhelm you.  Pick a couple of your favorite herbs to start with and let it grow from there. You will soon know your herbs very well, from where they grow best, to when it’s time to pick them.

I wanted a decorative herb garden this year so I splurged a little and ordered a stackable herb garden container.  IMG_0315I have been pleased with it.  I started all my herbs early, around March, and have gotten two cuttings off it so far.  I planted thyme, oregano, cilantro, sage, parsley, rosemary, and dill in this container.  I have lavender and basil growing separate.   I ordered my herbs from Rebel Gardens and have been very pleased with the quality.  Next year, I will start my rosemary and lavender sooner.  I will have a late crop with those two, as we have a short enough growing season here in Colorado.

Knowing when to cut the herbs has been my biggest investigative element to this project.  Each herb is a little different so make sure you know exactly when to cut and dry the herbs you choose.  For the most part, it is best to harvest late morning after any dew has been dried up.  Choose a warm, sunny day.  This helps maximize the essential oil content, which is what we want in our herbs anyway.  Also, use sharp scissors.  This will help with minimal damage to your plant, and in some plants, it will only prune them with continual growth.   Some herbs needs the bloom before you snip, like dill for instance.  If you are harvesting dill seed, you have to wait until the entire flowering process has cycled, but for me, I wanted dill weed this year so I harvested before any blooms.

My sage, parsley, and dill were the first to be picked this year.  They have been grown, cut, hung to dry, stripped, and bottled.

I used an old jewelry hanger to dry my herbs on.  It worked perfect and is super affordable.  In my climate, which is very dry, it took about one full week for the herbs to dry out completely.  Once they were dry I crumbled them off the stem, bottled and labeled them for storage.  I LOVE these  apothecary bottles I found.  I use them for many things and they store nicely in the cabinet.  Another great investment is labels with a chalk pen.  I have used these over and over.  The chalk can be washed off so you can reuse the label over and over.

So, to recap:

1) Choose your herbs you wish to grow.

2) Grow them in organic soil mix and watch the soil pH.  You can read up on the importance of correct soil pH in my blog, Preparing Your Garden Soil.

3)  Cut herbs at peek time.

4) Wash herbs and hang to dry in sunny, but dry location.  In front of a window would work great.

5) Once herbs are completely dry, strip them off stems, crush, and bottle of storage.

 

Now you have fresh, organic herbs at your disposal all winter long.  It is such a good feeling knowing that the foods I prepare for my family have pure, chemical-free herbs to be seasoned with!

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Happy Seasoning!!

For the Love of Kiwi Part 1

The kiwi fruit…also known as Chinese gooseberries…is one of our favorite fruits. Per serving, this little super food is packed with amazing nutrition that our taste buds just scream for. It’s like our mouth knows how good this fruit is for us. Check out this bad boy’s nutritional content here.

Living on a homestead in Colorado has its many perks, but having a fresh supply of kiwi fruit is not one of them. Farmer’s markets come around during the summer/fall season and the closest Whole Foods is 40 minutes away so needless to say, it is an occasional treat.

As I was cutting into my daughter’s favorite snack one day, she asked me, “Mommy, why don’t you grow your own kiwi? You grow everything else?” Not having a sufficient answer for her, I decided to start my research.

With my growing season cut short by late and early frosts and not having an official greenhouse….yet….I needed to know if I was even able to accomplish growing this delicate fruit. It’s not as simple as planting a seed, transplanting into a large pot, and waiting for the fruit to appear. This little plant has challenged the inner-gardener in me for sure!

First, you need male and female plants…. who knew? The vines do not self-produce, so you need both. One male vine should be able to pollinate up to 8 female vines.  Find out how to tell the difference between male and female vines here.

Second, you need space. Planting each vine up to 12′ apart can get a little tricky. Finding an area that has well-drained soil and full sun with that much space is going to be a problem for smaller backyards, but not impossible. They like it warm but not hot so if your region gets excessively hot, find a shaded place for them during the hottest part of the day. A seasonal trellis can help with this.

Third, you have to fight the frost.  If you’re like me and live in a harsh winter zone, you’ll have to take extra precautions during extreme, early, and late frosts.  Protecting your vines a few times during these unpredictable seasons will pay off for you in the end.  Extra mulching and even covering with plastic will help to ensure the survival of your vines.

If you can adjust to these growing conditions, then you can grow your own kiwi. So let’s get started at the beginning…

1. Choose your fruit. Select a nice organic fruit to harvest your seeds from.

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2. Slice your fruit lengthwise, then scooping out as many seeds as you can. I place them on a paper towel to help absorb liquid.
3. Next you have to dislodge any flesh from around the seed. The best way that worked for me was to place seeds in a stainless steel Tea mesh ball.  Rinse repeatedly until all fruit is removed from seed.
4. Place seeds in a glass jar, fill with water and set in a sunny area for about a week. Be sure to change the water everyday to discourage any bacterial growth.
5. Once you see the seeds start to crack open it is time to place them in their make-shift green house. I did this by using a plate, paper towels, and an old plastic food container. Place a paper towel on a plate and saturate with water. Scatter your seeds around the paper towel. Poke several holes into the plastic container and then place it over seeds. Place your little greenhouse in sunny, draft free area for 4-6 more days until you see sprouts. Make sure the paper towel is constantly wet.

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6. Once 1/8″ sprouts have emerged from the seed, you may then transplant the seeds into seed-starting containers. Use a good seed-starting soil, organic of course. I use this  organic potting mix.

In about 6-7 days your sprouts will have emerged and you’re well on your way to kiwi fruit.

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7. Water daily, to keep the soil moist but not too wet. Once your little vines have developed a strong root system, you can transplant them into larger containers to help them grow.

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8. Once the kiwi vines are hardened off, you will transplant the vines into their final resting place. Water well until the roots have taken hold. Mulching will help keep the moisture in.

Now it’s time to enjoy the ‘fruit’ of your labor…hope you’re patient. It only takes 3-5 years for your vines to produce fruit but it will be worth the wait. Stayed tuned for Part 2 of this post. Happy planting!!