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Relocating The DIY Ultimate Polytunnel / Greenhouse Part 1

So in February 2016 I decided to move my ultimatepolytunnel my 32ft by 14 ft polytunnel that I built a few years ago from the old plotsto the new plots.

I did make a video series on that, however,It never got published and the reason for that was because When I recorded it therewas a lot of bad weather and I was using a microphone and I didn't realise at the timethat the microphone was only working intermittently.

When it came to me editing that footage someof the sound quality wasn't really up to scratch and I decided that I wasn't going to releasethat footage.

However, there was a sponsor for that video series which was supposed tohave been three episodes and that sponsor gave me the plastic in which to do the polytunnel,so I have been in a bit of dismay really about it all because I wanted to be able to fulfillmy obligation to the company that gave me the plastic firstly and secondly it was aseries that I wanted to be able to give to you.

So I have really sort of struggled withwhether to put this footage up.

However, over the last 9 or 10 months I have had hundredsand I mean hundreds of people emailing me and messaging me saying look I understandwhat your saying, the footage might not be great but I would still really like to seeit.

So that's what these next couple of episodes are going to be about guys, It is the footageI've edited it the best I can where the footage is bad I've put the cc in for you guys soif for any reason you can't hear what I am saying or anything like that, you'll be ableto read it if you decide to all you got to do is click the cc button below.

So without any further ado guys let's geton with the footage.

This is February 2016 dismantle and move to the new premises build.

Anyway I will see you in a minute So as you can see behind me guys we've gotour 32ft by 14ft polytunnel.

Now it's a home made structure utilising scaffolding polesand timber.

We do have a series on it but what we are going to do over the next threeepisodes is take down this tunnel and we are going to move it and rebuild it at the site.

I got my brother helping me because we'vealready taken out some of the internals out of it.

But it's the end of February now, Ireally need this tunnel up and going at the new place.

I purposely haven't planted anythingbecause of that.

Now I would like to tell you, that the nextthree episodes as far as this tunnel is concerned are going to be sponsored by First Tunnelsbecause they have very kindly donated the new plastic that we need for this, So you'regonna see their link to their site there.

Now First Tunnels have a superb range of polytunnelsnot like this obviously, eventhough they can provide you with the covers.

but they gotproper polytunnels with you know the hoop structure and everything else and they'vegot water collection systems and all sorts of stuff.

If you look at these sorts of polytunnelsthat people have made, or the cheaper £150 tunnels you know half of them are on the floorwith the weather we have had this year.

So It really is worth getting yourself over toFirstTunnels If you're thinking of buying a polytunnel and investing in just that littlebit more money and benefitting from something that's gonna be there and is gonna last youfor quite a few years.

So once Dismantling the polytunnel As youknow these posts were down a fair way, a couple of feet.

Some of them are down three feet,some of them are down four feet.

they are down into a lot of soil, So we had to devisea way to get them out of the ground, now I am not sure how far down this one was, butI think it was only about three feet two and a half three feet.

but it's wedged right inthere.

So, today we are just gonna show you a quick way of pulling these that we cameup with and we are gonna put a scaffolding clamp around the pole like this we are justgonna tighten it up right.

ok, so the next step we need a chain which we just gonna feedunder this one here its locked together so all I need to do is do that.

In fact, what I'm gonna do I'm gonna shrinkthat chain down a bit, and I think we are gonna go there and I am gonna make a smallerloop and I'll put a different lock on it there you go.

right, so we've got a smaller loopthere guys ok?.

alright, we just gonna hook that loop underneath the other part of thescaffolding chain and now we need our third part which is our third part which is thisguys.

I put a piece of timber on the floor just to take a bit of weight of the soil andall we need to do is put this jack there and literally jack it up.

Now this Jack comes off a landrover so allI am gonna do is just get it up to the height at the moment we are not far from it hookthe chain around, Here we go, right, so all we need to do now is hold it back with ourfoot there and just jack the post out.

Well, that's good that lock was undone soI am gonna keep going up until I hit the other lock, There we go.

I just keep jacking itThere we are.

and it's the easiest way I know of getting a post out of the ground.

There we are, we are free now, so I can literally move that and send this backdown.

and nowI can just lift it out of the ground.

There you go, guys, so I don't know if you can quitemake this out no, let me alter the camera lens.

Ok guys, so too here this was how far down this post went into the ground we got onetwo at least three feet on this one, so that's why we couldn't get them out, we got one moreto do and then the polytunnel is down.

All the parts are on the new plot, and wherewe are standing is where it is going to go.

Now the polytunnel itself is the actual landitself isn't quite flat, so what we need to do is we need to build a line to a level thatwe can work from, ok? and then we will end up shovelling some of this soil away.

To getit level, we may raise the front yet I am not sure about that.

but essentially all theparts we need are around the green shed there the door is leaning against the shed as youcan see.

there is timber all along here and timber on the other side of the shed timberhere.

so the first port of call for this now to get this back together is to get these18 posts in the front and the rear walls, and then we can start with the rest of thestructure.

so, I will come to you when I have got some of the posts set, because we wannakeep this video quite a short series, so once I have got some of the posts set I will comeback to you and explain what we are doing next.

So as you can see here now, we just startedgetting in the posts, we have got the front up.

and that's all nice and level and thedoor will go on there shortly.

now, here we basically have to put the posts in we gota datum line across the bottom which is the bottom rail it is not screwed in at the moment,as we are having to move it to dig the posts in the right area and we have to fit the windows.

This would be quite easy if I had just come here, when we originally built it we justput a post in then we built the windows to fit where the posts were.

but now obviouslyall the window frames are already pre-built so we have to get the posts in the exact rightplace, and then it has to be exactly level and plumb so that it all works.

You will see in a second some of the postsare quite long and we are hitting bedrock so we are having to cut this much of someof the posts.

It's another pain in the backside but it will allow us, it's not an issue herebecause we are quite sheltered.

we have got all of these buildings along here we havegot a big tree and stuff behind us with gardens and houses and stuff like that.

and then wegot all that netted area and just in front of us here will be our shed.

so, and the reasonwe can do that is because the sun rises over here and comes around the back of us, so itdoesn't ever come through the front of the tunnel so the tunnel will have light prettymuch all day.

even if the shed is in front of it.

So, what we need to do is literallyI have numbered all of these so I know exactly where they go.

Put the next post in screwit and carry on right the way up until we have got it all in and then we will put theback wall and we will do the exact same thing on the other side.

So, it's a bit of towingand froing and like I said, I am having to redig some of the holes because although Imeasured them correctly in the first place, they are not quite lining up with the windowsand things like that, so, the chamfers are different so we have to do that and then weare having to cut down some of the posts as well because they are just way to long.

Soanyway, I will come back to you now when we get some more of this wall up, but in fact,I will leave you running for a little bit for one of these, and then you can see exactlywhat we need to do.

So, what we do here now, I just got to drivethese through, I am sorry if the sun is in your eyes.

I am not sure how dark it's goingto make the video.

So the idea now Is just to drive this through.

There is number one.

And if you notice, It's a bit of a post because obviously, I need to try to get everythingperfectly aligned and I am not at the moment.

But we will get there.

Because I'm There weare looking.

Because I'm working off other things.

and later on, I am just gonna pullit back so I got the tip sticking through.

Later on, we will then bury these posts, butI just wanna make sure they are all level first.

And I'm just lining it up where theyneed to be.

Its a bit awkward ok I can leave that go now a minute and drive this one home.

So, That's another post done.

and, we willgo along now to the next one.

Now, for those who haven't seen this tunnel before theseare pull out windows, now at the moment they are obviously just netted.

But there is windowsthat go in and I don't think I am going to recover them when I recover the polytunnelbecause they are ok.

These windows will go in and then it can stop the wind.

The greatthing about doing it this way is the fact that we have total control over the humidityover the temperature and everything within the polytunnel.

One thing you will find witha lot of polytunnels is that they are very under ventilated and in the summer temperaturesget so high things get scorched and before you know it your running shading over things.

And This helps us to prevent all of that as we control the temperature as we want.

Ifwe want to reduce it a little bit we can remove one window, and in the height of summer allthe windows are out.

and it gets a really good cross ventilation.

Right, let's crackon.

Source: Youtube

The Green House – VLOG #4 Planting

Hi, my name's Joe FletcherI'm the Set & Lighting Designer I'm Gabriella Slade, theCostume Designer for 'The Green House' This week's Production Week It's when the lighting, set, choreography& costumes all come together.

and we sort of 'plant' the creation.

Joe: We really liked the idea of it beingset in a 1950s – 1960s era We developed the idea for quite alinear architectural structure with a wallpaper design that couldhave references to that particular era.

But also translate forGabi with the costumes, to create a sort of camouflageeffect, walking in to the space.

Gabi: In order for the wallpaper patternto be used in the costumes we got bespoke fabrics printed.

I experimented with changing some of thetones of the background colour and the scales of the print, so that each dancer and each characterhas their own individual quality.

But actually, as a whole setof costumes, they appear as one.

There's a lot of repetition inthe piece so it was important that there were a lot of repeatingdetails within the costumes.

There's the use of dividing lines in the set and also inthe costumes, and pleats are used throughout.

It's really important that within'The Green House' the dancers are camouflagedin the environment.

And when they're out,in the blank space.

they can be vibrantand pop!.

Source: Youtube

Greenhouse Growing: on a bench vs on the floor?

Basically there are various differences between growing on a greenhouse bench vs growing on the floor itself.

There are basically 3 things: one is drainage.

On the bench you get good drainage out of the plant material.

When you water the top, the water can run out of the bottom of the container.

On the floor it's tend to be more restricted so crops on the floor tend to stay wetter longer.

Second thing is temperature.

On a bench you can have the air actually go under the bench so it can warm the growing media up.

When it's on the floor, it tends to be colder especially in the winter months the growing media temperatures are colder.

So again you don't get that water usage it's easier to get root disease development.

Third thing that could be an issue with growing on the floor is sometimes you get imperfections in the floor itself, so you can get pockets of water that can wick water back up into the growing media which again adds to thing staying too wet.

Overall I would say that growing on a bench is better because you get better airflow, you can get the temperature warmer right next to the root system and it'll help dry out your growing media.

Source: Youtube

Lifestyle Gardening: Cuttings in the Green House

(mid tempo music) (upbeat music) – Hello again and welcometo Lifestyle Gardening.

I'm Kim Todd and we'vegot another great program for you this afternoon.

Today we'll be looking atgetting you started early with cuttings in the greenhouse.

We'll see more great examplesof western ornamentals, and we'll talk aboutpruning your fruit trees.

To get us started todaywe're going to help you with some tips onmail order plants.

It's really fun to browsethrough the colorful catalogs you get each year, andwe'll help you figure out how to get what youwant to try this season.

(mid tempo music) Good gardeners, bad gardeners,starting out gardeners and plant nerds really loveto get their hands on plants especially ones that mightbe a little bit unusual.

We have lots ofopportunities to do that starting during the dormantseason or in the winter, and of course, buyinglocal is always great, but there's not much tobuy locally right now unless you're goingafter the house plants.

You can, however, useold-fashioned catalogs, the ones that comein the real mail and have colored coversand great pictures, or go online and most ofthose companies of course, have the same catalog online.

A lot of things tokeep in mind however about buying mail order plants.

First off, we alwaystell people to make sure you check the zone, and thatwould be the growing zone in which you live, rememberthat those zones stretch all the way across thecountry, and zone four or five in Nebraska may or maynot be the same zone as it is in Washingtonor on the West Coast.

So you look for thezone first, and then, pick out the plants youlove, take a look at exactly how they're goingto be shipped to you.

This is really important.

People can be disappointedin a mail order plant because they have anexpectation of size that really doesn't match whatthe supplier is going to do.

As an example, you'll seethe words bareroot plant and you'll see a size,12 inches to 18 inches.

Bareroot plants are shippeddifferently mail order than ones that comein a small container.

A good supplier of barerootplants will ship them only during very specifictimes of the year.

They will be very wellpacked, either in peat moss or excelsior orshredded newspaper.

And then typically putin a bag of some sort that will helphold that moisture while they're being shipped.

That doesn't mean, however,they're not going to dry out, especially if you have notchosen a fast shipping method.

So you wanna check on theshipping method as well.

And if it is a plantthat you really want, you've paid a bit of moneyfor it, you wanna make sure that it is not languishingin the back of the truck or in the post office someplace, you may wanna pay the differenceand get that plant shipped a little bit faster.

Then you also wanna look at the sizes of containerthat are available.

Again, it costs alot of money to ship a big ball of soil halfwayacross the country.

Many suppliers of mailorder plants will put a maximum or a minimum onthe number of containers of a certain sizethat they will ship because those are the onesthey can pack in the boxes.

A gallon container of course,will be a lot heavier.

You'll get fewer in the box,but you'll get a bigger plant.

A smaller one, a four inchor even a little cell pack, obviously, you can buymore of them to fit in a different size box, yourplant is also smaller.

What you want to make surethat you do also is look at the information that thatsupplier has given you about the actual shipping dates.

And many times they willhave limits, they'll say they will not shipafter a certain date because it's too hot.

They will not shipbefore a certain date because it's toocold, and if they ship before a certain date,what are you going to do in your own home with plantsthat are either bareroot and sitting in a plasticbag, or plants that really don't wanna stayinside a greenhouse because they're alreadygreen and growing and they're in a container? People will put plantsthat come in in bareroot in their refrigeratorto keep them from breaking dormancyand keep them cool until it's time to plant.

Strawberries are anexample, they come bareroot, they come in a bundle, typicallytied with a rubber band or a twistie, and thenthey forget about them.

And they open thatrefrigerator and here comes strawberries that are mush,the plants themselves, instead of an actual plant.

So again, to summarize,enjoy that shopping.

You can also, with certaincompanies go online and go to an e-commercesite, and perhaps pick out one of something that anursery may not carry.

That might be able tobe shipped directly from that major supplierto a local nursery with your name on it, giveyou the opportunity to get it without that nursery, thatlocal nursery having to buy five, 10, 15 or 20 ofsomething when in fact, they may only beable to sell one.

So have a great timedoing this but again, read that fine print, thisis one of those situations where you wanna know exactlywhat's getting shipped to you when and how.

There's so many cool selections and fun plants totry in these catalogs whether they're paper or online.

Just make sure you're readingall of that fine print so you don't end up wastingyour money or getting plants when you can't handle them.

You know, we've hada lot of fun with our Go! Gardening features thisyear where we've tried to give new gardeners helpwith basic information to get them started.

This week we're going to giveyou tips on taking cuttings and using them tostart new plants.

It's a prettystraightforward process.

Here to tell us more is UNL agronomy horticulturegrad student Josh Reznihek.

– Today we're gonna talkabout herbaceous cuttings, and another stepthat you can take toward getting your garden ready a little bit sooner.

So today we're gonna beusing a coleus variety that we have in front.

We'll start with the containersthat we'll use today.

I have two in front ofme, different types.

We have just yourtypical 606 cell packs.

The other one will be theseed germination tray.

You can either use either or.

If you're nice and neatand organized these plants will come out as plugs thenonce you go into the garden or you can just take'em directly out of the seed germination tray, thatdoesn't have any dividers and go straight to thegarden as well, so, I'll use the 606 tray forthe demonstration today.

In here I have apremade media mix.

It's a combination ofPerlite as well as a seed germination mix.

That's really it for the media, just looking forsomething well drained.

As far as the plant material,we're gonna be using herbaceous plant material today.

There's four differenttypes of cuttings.

You have your herbaceouswhich a lot of your succulent plantgrowth, your softwood, which is new spring growth, and then semi-hardwood andhardwood cuttings that are a lot of tree speciesand stuff like that.

So today we're justgonna be dealing with the herbaceous plant material.

When taking thesecuttings, it's ideal to use a sanitized razorblade for this.

You can use prunersor scissors of sorts, but I try to stay away fromthat 'cause that creates a crushing actionand damages the plant more than a nice, cleanrazor blade cut would do.

So when taking these cuttings,you're gonna be looking for the nodes of the plant.

Everywhere a leaf actual comesout of the plant is a node.

So you're ideallylooking for a minimum of two nodes per cutting.

What's gonna happen isthat's gonna promote your adventitious rootingbelow the soil line, and your adventitious shootgrowth above the soil line.

So a minimum of two nodes.

Ideally two nodesbelow and one above.

The last node that youhave, the rest of the stem, you don't want a huge longpiece sticking off of this.

It's just gonnadesiccate and die back and potentiallycause more problems.

So you wanna get fairlyclose to that last node and cut that off.

To aid in the rooting,adventitious rooting of these plant materials,there's multiple different rooting hormones that youcan use, different products.

Every store's gonna have alittle bit different one.

There's liquid formulationsI'll be using today as well as powderedformulations.

The powdered ones, I justsuggest that you pre-drill the holes before youstick the cuttings.

'Cause if you just use thecutting to stick the hole in it's gonna rub offon the way down.

So, and again, it'sjust a quick dip.

You don't have to let itsoak or anything like that.

And then you're goingto stick that cutting.

And again, pre-drilling,I usually just use the end of a marker, and thenstick that cutting in there, and kind of looselycompact around there.

You'll notice that there'sa lot of leaf material around this cutting.

Now that we've cut allof the root material off of this cutting, it'snot gonna have any way to bring up water or nutrientsfrom the soil.

So we're gonna have toreduce this leaf tissue area with the razor blade, someof this leaf material, and you can remove wholeleaves, half leaves.

It doesn't really matter.

Just a reduction ofthat leaf surface area to reduce the metabolismrate of that cutting.

Once this occurs, you gothrough the whole flat, in this one it'd be 36 cuttings.

It does take a coupleweeks for this to keel off, callous, and then forroot initials to form.

So, you're looking ata minimum of two weeks before you probablystart seeing any form of root initials.

For post-care, you're lookingfor a humid environment.

You can do this byputting those clear domes over the top, but thenafter they've keeled off, you wanna reduce thelight intensity as well since you wanna reducethat metabolism rate.

And as it goes on, youcan increase that light, kinda harden themoff so that way when you put 'emout in the garden, they don't have any issues.

– There are few things betterto gardeners than free plants.

By following these simple tipsyou'll be well on your way to all kinds offun projects to try for this upcominggrowing season.

If you have morequestions about cuttings or plant propagation,check out your favorite online gardeningwebsites or contact your local extension office.

During the winter months,some of your woody ornamentals are dormant and are in needof some simple pruning.

Pruning anything is a littleintimidating to some gardeners, so we're here tooffer some tips.

For this week's LandscapeLesson we'll help you see the difference betweenwhich are floral buds and which are not.

(mid tempo music) Late winter and earlyspring are good times to do a lot of pruning oncertain landscape plants, and this is alsothe time of year when we get questions abouthow to tell the difference between the floralbuds and the vegetative or the foliage buds.

On some shrubs it certainlydoesn't make any difference because we're not growingthem for the flowering.

On others, however, if you don'tknow what you're looking at and you do wanna do the pruningduring the dormant season, you may, in fact be ruiningthe flowering for that season.

So let's take a lookat a couple of them and talk about how youcan see the differences.

Sometimes it's easy,sometimes it's not.

One thing to alwayskeep in mind also is remember whenthose shrubs flower.

If they flower early inthe spring like forsythias or lilacs, they're likely tohave set their flower buds right after floweringthe previous year.

We call that old woodor one year old wood.

And that means that if you'regoing to do any pruning without ruining those flowerbuds, you need to do it after they flower in the summer.

So that's a little bitof a different ball game.

Here's an example, thisis actually one of the flowering cherries, oneof the bush cherries.

And you can see thesebuds right here, those are the floral buds,those are the vegetative buds.

This is one that blooms very,very early in the spring.

Lilacs are a classic,this happens to be the littleleaf lilac, andit's a little bit harder, of course, to seethe flower buds when the buds themselvesare so little.

But if you look reallyclosely, you can see two vegetative budssurrounding a bud that will be a flower bud.

This is another one again,that you don't prune if you don't wantto lose the flowers.

You wait until after it blooms.

Viburnums have often timeswhat we call naked flower buds.

And it's really simple to seewhat those buds look like.

This is a great example ofa flower bud, a floral bud that was set last season,here are the vegetative or the foliage budson either side of it.

So the simple thing here is,if you really need to prune it, and here's another example,you can go ahead and prune this here or prune it right here,you're not going to ruin the floral displayfor this here.

So again, knowing whatyou're looking at, taking some timeto pay attention to where the shrub flowers, alsomakes a really big difference.

If you know that,you can begin to look a little more closely atwhich buds are going to produce flowers and which onesare going to produce foliage.

Good gardeners understand thevalue of what, when, and where to make those pruning cuts.

It can be confusing at times,but if you know your plants, you'll get the hangof it in no time.

You know, Nebraska has anumber of areas in the state where specificornamentals thrive.

The different climate andenvironmental conditions means some home landscapesare going to look very different as yougo from north to south and east to west.

Last week we talked aboutsome western ornamentals with Amy Seiler from theNebraska Forest Service and now Amy returnsto tell us more.

(mid tempo music) We learned so much from AmySeiler on our last segment about western Nebraskaplants that we decided to have her back,give her another shot at talking about all thebeautiful things she loved.

So Amy, tell us whatyou brought today, and tell us why you cangrow it and we can't and maybe what some ofthe alternatives are west versus east.

– OK, sounds great.

Well I brought some reallyunique plants today.

And the main thing abouta lot of these plants is that they would prefervery limited water.

So they're idealplants for central and western Nebraska.

The other thing that'sunique about these plants is that they would preferto be in a higher pH soil.

– Wow.

– So that is, we're always looking forplants that will grow in a higher pH soil, andwhat we have in front of us are some really good ones.

The first thing that Iwould like to show you, this is apache plume, and this is asemi-evergreen shrub.

And it blooms a whiteflower, but then it has this unbelievable pink flower, it just looks like this silky, wispy, notflower, seed head, excuse me.

And it looks incredible all summer long.

And so you have all thisgreat texture and interest, and it looks incrediblein a dry landscape where sometimes you can lack a little bit of flower interest.

Great plant, three tofive feet tall maybe.

It'll be shorter ifit gets less water.

So that's a good onefor people to try.

– We have tried that in theeast with a little success if it's dry enough, andprobably our high-humidity and our lower pH is gonnalimit its life a little bit.

– It would not enjoythat very much.

It really wants to be neglected.

And I will just forewarn people,when they first plant it, the bloom is not thatimpressive, it's the seed head, is why you plant this plant.

The seed head willtake your breath away.

– Perfect, all right, whatelse did you bring for us? – OK, I broughtanother fun plant.

And what I have infront of me right now, this is called wavy leaf oak.

It is an actual oak, and it is native tosouthwest Colorado, New Mexico, and it isan incredible plant.

It's a small treeor a large shrub.

You can prune it up tohave a multi-stemmed trunk.

And it is incrediblydrought tolerant.

Holds its foliage, it's kindof a silvery foliage color, but Kim, as you touch it, it's spiny.

– (Laughing) I thoughtit was a holly.

And I thought holy cow,she has brought a holly with no green leftin the leaves.

I've never, everseen that plant.

– I've used that in severallandscapes, and it gives great winter interest, andsomething to talk about in the summer for sure.

– Perfect, all right.

You also have another oak Ithink, if I'm not mistaken.

On that one (laughing)- You are correct.

This is just a scruboak or Gambel oak and this is a plant that we reallylike to use in the west.

It's much smaller thanyour oaks back east but I like this plant becauseit will hold its foliage in the winter, dependingon the genetics of it.

And, it gives me a littlebit more winter interest.

It also helps blockthe wind a little bit in the landscapes, capturesa little bit of snow.

And I love this leaf look in the wintertime when I don't havemuch to look at.

Plus it's greathabitat for animals.

– You know, and we actuallycan grow Gambel here.

It's a different form, but atleast it looks like Gambel.

And then you brought trulya broadleaf evergreen that we decided isnot your native, but it's amazing tosee it growing here.

– Yes, I actually clippedthis from my neighbor's house and I had originally thoughtthat it was Oregon grape holly, and we can grow the smallerform of Oregon grape holly, it's native out there.

But I found this.

This can grow out west.

It needs to be in aprotected location that's exactly where I found it.

But I watched myneighbor's plant for years, and it has neverdesiccated, it looks good all of the time, so,in just the right spot you can have some ofthese broadleaf evergreens and they'll do OK.

– Which is perfect.

So the combination is greatand as we always love to say to our guests, thankyou so much for coming, driving all theway in, and sharing what we would love tohave, but we live here.

– Absolutely mypleasure, thank you.

– Thanks Amy.

You know we love thatburst of color we get in the springtime from ourplants, but it's nice to know these plants can alsodeliver color and texture during the dull winter months.

Thanks so much to Amyfor sticking around and talking to us again.

Alrighty, let's takea few minutes now to answer our viewer emails.

We'd love to hear from you.

Perhaps you can share apicture or two with us, send us an email to byf@unl.


Our first questioncomes from Omaha.

And we've actually talked aboutthis a bit in past seasons and maybe even thisyear, and that is that some bulbs are coming up.

In this case it's alittle better than that or maybe worse thanthat in their minds because what they haveis they have snowdrops already in flower.

The email was actuallydated January 23rd, so, looking back in the record book, at least for our snowdrops oncampus, that is pretty early.

We have them blooming Februaryfourth, not January 23rd.

And of course, theirquestion is what happens now? Well obviously it'stoo late to do anything other than enjoy it.

If there is snowin the forecast, snow could help insulate.

You may see,certainly a little bit less vigorous plant next yearfrom that bulb depending on how the snow coverlasts and depending on how much freezingoccurs of the foliage.

But for heaven's sakes,don't cut that foliage back once that snow coverdiminishes in the spring.

So just enjoy it, that'sreally all you can do when nature throwssort of a whammy at us in terms of the season.

We have a viewer down inthe Auburn area that has some serious tree damage.

And she's wonderingwhether this in fact, could be a porcupine, isthis deer, is this squirrels? What exactly is going on here? We've sent this off to ourcritter creature Dennis Ferraro for an answer, and wewill actually post this both on our websiteand to Facebook.

But the chances of this being a rabbit are slim and none, a squirrel, slimmer andnoner, because, of course, the squirrels are not goingto do that amount of damage on the trunk ofa tree that high.

Could be porcupines althoughwe're not really seeing too many of them in thesoutheast part of the state or in that corner, couldvery well be deer damage.

The unfortunate thing of course,is that amount of stripping and bark damageprobably means an end to a successful life forthat particular tree.

We have a viewer outin the Lexington area that had ornamentalgrasses in their landscape, and waited until about now tocut them back, and in so doing discovered what lookslike a lot of damage around the crown of the plant.

And they're seeing placeswhere something has sort of burrowed throughor has run through or has used thosegrasses as shelter.

Their question is now howto get rid of the critter because first off, they'dhave to know what it is and then what to do aboutit, but more importantly can they, in the spring,dig those grasses up, divide them, and then reset them and hope to have some success.

The answer is a kind ofa guarded yes on that.

And what they willwant to do is first off take as big a clump ofthe root mass as possible and then tease apart thosegrasses in the locations where it appears as thoughthe damage has been done.

Take a good look and makesure that if it was a creature they have not nipped off orchewed off all of those roots from below the crown of thatplant, and if they have not, go ahead and reset thoseplants making sure that you don't set them at a depthany lower than they were previously or any higher.

Backfill with good soilfrom the surrounding area, don't use any ofthat amended stuff, give them a good drink andhope that maybe next year you won't have that sameissue with the damage to it.

But I would probablywait at this point even though we don't havemuch frost in the ground in a lot of areas, I'dwait until we're a bit later in the season todo that just in case our weather is reallystrange going into spring.

We've got one morefeature this season of Lifestyle Gardening.

Earlier in the programwe helped you with tips on pruning some ofyour woody ornamentals, and right now we'dlike to turn our focus to pruning your fruit trees.

The right cuts at theright time of year will help your fruittrees be more productive during the harvesttime of the year.

(mid tempo music) You know, even thoughwe're in mid February and we tell you to prune yourtrees when they're dormant, for fruit trees,it is too early.

We wanna really hit thatwindow for pruning fruit trees right before they breakdormancy because that helps avoid damage, potentiallyto either the tree itself or to the fruiting spurs.

The interesting thingabout our little orchard here in the Backyard Farmergarden is these trees are not very old, they'veonly been in the ground about two years, theyhave grown exponentially with one exceptionand that would be our poor sad little peach tree.

But we also have not done agreat job of pruning them.

And I say that on purposebecause one of the things we wanna be able to dois tell you how to not do what we have either done wrong, or we should bedoing differently.

So these are all apple trees, and then we have our Nectaplum.

The Nectaplum is ahybrid, and it's a cross, so it is very, very vigorous, and is showing a lot of growth.

Last year our season producedreally exponential growth in some of our fruit trees.

Long whippy sorts of growth and these are the kindsof things that we're going to want to control if we arereally after a good fruit crop.

Apple trees do whatwe call doubling.

And you can see thatthey throw two shoots or two branches from avery narrow connection.

They also tend to branch with maybe not verygood connections.

What we're going to lookat this year and accomplish as we get closer tothe break of dormancy, is opening the structure up.

We'll make good pruning cuts.

We will essentially be ableto throw a bushel basket through the interiorof these trees without hitting a branch.

We'll do some reductionon the height.

We'll take care of anythingthat is pointing back into the center of the tree.

And then we will hopethat that will help produce a goodfruiting crop for us.

We do a different kindof pruning on peaches.

And we do a different kindof pruning on our Nectaplum.

You'll be able tosee on the Nectaplum some of the gummosis,as it's called, which was a result of doingsome pruning cuts last year.

That is not necessarilya terrible thing for plants in the peach, theplum, the apricot family but you do have toalso look and make sure that you don't have someborer damage going on.

You can see in all ofthese apple trees however, and in the Nectaplum,a lot of the doubling.

And too much stuff up in thetop, and that is going to mean we don't have goodair circulation, we don't have enough light,we have a lot of foliage and not much fruit.

The Nectaplum actuallyproduced a double leader in it, and they're actuallycompeting leaders.

Realistically this is asmall, short lived tree.

We are not going to correctthat double leader at this time, but we're gonna makesure that we keep that as healthy as we possiblycan and hold on to that tree.

The pruning dose on fruittrees to be able to get them to actually fruit makesthem really not look like fruit trees, like ornamentaltrees in the landscape.

They look pretty weird.

So since we use this forteaching for our students and our master gardeners,you may not see perfect pruning here,but we also will send you to some great linksso you can get started on pruning your own fruittrees in your own orchard and do it correctly atthe right time of year to be able to produce the amountof fruit that you're after.

Getting the right pruningdone at the right time will make a world of difference in your tree's healthand productivity.

Cleaning up damagedor broken limbs is always the first placeto start when pruning.

After you've donethat, a bit of thinning will help treeswith air circulation and cut down on overproduction.

That's all the time we have for LifestyleGardening this year.

We've had a wonderfultime bringing you tips and interviewsagain this season, and you can still follow us onFacebook, YouTube and Twitter as well as all get ready forthe upcoming growing season.

Don't forget, Backyard Farmeris right around the corner as we start another year ofgardening advice in April.

So good afternoon, goodgardening, thanks for watching, and we'll see you all nextwinter on Lifestyle Gardening.

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The Best Time of Year to Rent an Apartment

What is the best timeof year to find tenants for your rental property? That's today's video.

Let's dive in.

Hey, everyone.

I'm Clayton Morris.

I'm the founderof Morris Invest, and I'm a longtimereal estate investor.

Today I want to talk to youabout the best time of year to find tenants foryour rental property.

Now you think the winterwould be a bad time to find tenants for yourrental property, right? We get that question a lot.

Well, should I be concernedin February or March about getting tenantsfor my property if it's so cold outside? Will people want togo out in the snow to come and see your property? Is August a better time? Is the summertime a better time? The answer is frankly,it doesn't much matter.

Obviously, the holidays could bea little bit of a slow period.

Right around Christmas,people aren't going to want to moveand pack up boxes right during the holidays.

However, right after theholidays, and right before tax time is the besttime to find tenants for your rental properties.

Why? Think about it for a second.

Why would that be? Why would that be? Well, refund checks–refund checks– if that's what you said,then you're absolutely right.

And what we find happens is thatmany people want to front load the amount of rent they can puttowards their rental property.

So a new tenant wants tomove into the property, loves the property,and they know they're in competitionwith another tenant.

This is what happenson our properties we get into– I don'twant to say bidding wars– but we really can take the creamof the crop on our properties.

So the person that'sable to put up five months, sixmonths worth of rent and to move into thisproperty, chances are, they'reprobably going to get picked to rent the property.

And why can they do that? Because the tax man– sothey're going to get money back from the government,typically, and they're going to get a big nicecheck from the government.

And rather than spendingthat money on things they don't need, theywant to front load the amount they canput down on their rent.

And very often, we'll gettenants in March, and April, and frankly, February,because people want to do their taxes earlyso they can get those refund checks– they will put downfive, six, seven, months.

We actually had someone paytheir whole year's rent in one fell swoop thanks totheir refund check.

So the springtimecan be a great time, and the winter timeright after Christmas can be a fantastictime to get tenants into your rental properties.

So don't fear the winter.

Old man winter isnothing to fear when it comes to rental properties.

I'd love to hear yourthoughts about today's video.

You can leave some commentsin the thread below.

You can also subscribeto my channel– the big red button– thebig red Subscribe button.

Just click on it,and join our channel.

We publish videos everyweek– multiple times a week.

And our goal with this channelis to really provide you with fantastic informationon how to become a landlord and learn about creatingpassive income and cash flow in your life throughrental property investing.

There is nothinglike it– nothing– trust me– absolutely nothing.

Go out there.

Become a real estate investor.

And take action.

We'll see on thenext video, everyone.

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Using the Internet : How to Find a Home to Rent Using the Internet

Hi, I'm Tod Amazeen.

I've been an Internetbusiness consultant for 15 years.

I'm going to show you how to find a home to rent onthe Internet.

We're going to use a website called RentalHouses.


So we'll type in"rentalhouses.

Com" into our web browser and you should land on a page that looks justlike this.

If not, click on the home button in the upper left hand corner and you'll betaken directly to this page.

There are a couple of ways that we can narrow our search here.

We can either click on a state on the map or we can select one of the options on theleft.

I'm going to click on California on the map and you'll see I'll now be asked tonarrow my choices down to a metropolitan area.

I'm going to choose Los Angeles, Riverside,Orange County areas.

Now you'll see that I have a listing of houses that are for rentin the area that I'm interested in.

I'm going to click on this listing to get some moreinformation about it and then if I want to be contacted by the agent, I fill out thee-mail contact information, enter the security code and click on send.

You've just learnedhow to find a home to rent on the Internet.

I'm Tod Amazeen.

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When The Right Time To Sell, And When Should You Rent or Hold It?

Brian: I’m Brian Spitz, president of BigState Home Buyers.

Thanks for joining us and today, as our guest, we have Amber Carrillo,with Carrington Real Estate Services.

And we’re going to talk about when is the righttime to sell your house, and whether or not you should rent or sell it.

Whether it’sin this current market or just in general.

So, thanks so much for coming today.

Amber: Absolutely.

Thanks for having me.

Rent home or sell it(0:00:53.

1) Brian: Absolutely.

So, tell us about renting your home or selling it.

Amber: Well, when it comes to renting your home or selling it, there are just so manydifferent factors.

A lot of it is going to depend on you, on personal finances.

And whatworks best for your situation.

Are you in a situation where you need to sell your housein order to buy another one? Or are you in a situation where you’re going to be a longdistance landlord.

There are so many factors that go into that.

Brian: Yeah, that’s true.

I mean, a lot of it, I guess, is whether or not you needthe down payment and the equity of your first house or whether your mortgage lender requiresthat you only have one loan.

Amber: Exactly.

Brian: When you see people rent houses out, in my experience, at Big State Home Buyers,we buy houses directly from sellers and one of our biggest client bases is actually, afunny word, is tired landlords, people that have been landlords and want out of the business.

So, what I tell people is it’s not as easy as it looks.

But what is your experience?Of course, it works out really well for some people, especially if you get the right tenants.

Amber: Right.


8) Getting a Property Manager ifRenting Brian: What do you see for the average personwho is thinking about renting their home, rather than selling?Amber: Well, if you do not have the experience, I would absolutely recommend that you contractthat out with someone to handle the property management, because there are just so manydifferent laws, you know, tenant rights and landlord rights, and you really need to bestudying up on those types of things.

If not, have a really good real estate attorneyin your corner that you can call whenever a question or situation arises.

When it comesto doing evictions and stuff like that, it can get really hairy, so it’s not somethingthat you would always want to handle hands on.

Brian: Oh, yeah, definitely not.

The biggest reason people try to take that on themselvesis basically to save the money you pay the property manager but my philosophy is youshould pay people to do what they do best so you can do what you do best.

Amber: That’s exactly right.

Brian: Property management is a tough deal.


4) Screening tenants Amber: It is a tough deal.

And it’s so important,if that’s something that you’ve chosen to do, is that you screen the applicants verywell and you’ve got a system in place to screen those.

Brian: Right.

Amber: So a lot of times, if you’re goingto list it with an agent to lease it out, we have those resources available to do backgroundchecks and credit screenings and stuff like that.

Brian: Right.

Amber: To be able to prevent putting felonsand stuff like that in the property.

Brian: Right.

And so a lot of times, peoplejust put a For Rent sign in front of their house and they kind of take whichever tenantlooks like they can pay the rent.

But the reality is if you just wait for the righttenant, you end up in a much better position.

Amber: That’s right.

Brian: So, definitely, you know, and the market right now for rentals, just like for sales,is really strong.

So you can hold out for the right tenant.

Amber: Right.


There’s tons of investors in the market that are snappingup the houses and turning them, holding them for a period of five to ten and even twentyyears, in some cases.

And they’re renting those properties out.

And there’s a highdemand for rentals.

There are so many people moving to Houston on a weekly basis, so, yeah,there’s a need out there.

And at every turn that you make here in Houston, you see newapartment complexes going up.

Brian: Everywhere.

It’s crazy.

Amber: Yeah.

And occupancy rate is very high right now, so rentals, they are a great investment.

Brian: So you can hold out for a good tenant.

If you’re going to rent your house, holdit out for a good tenant.

Amber: You can, but again, that just dependson if you have note on that house that you need to pay.

Yeah, if you’re in a bind financially,then that’s going to effect on how long you hold out for a good tenant.


5) When is right time to sell Brian: Right.

Oh, I guess, that’s true,too.

How do you know when it’s the right time to sell? You know, there are a lot ofthings about the time of year or the market.

Obviously, the market, the perception is themarket is very strong in Houston, which it is, but what do you tell people when theyask you, what is the right time to sell my house?Amber: Well, you know, many people are looking to sell during the summertime.

That summertimefrenzy starts right in May and goes until about the end of August, beginning of September.

And that’s when you run into situations where you have multiple offers and there’sjust, you know, it’s not uncommon to have your house shown ten times a day.

So, butthat’s a time where people are moving.

You know, teachers are out of school for the summer.

Their kids are out of school for the summer.

And so it’s just more convenient to moveduring that time.

Generally, though, when people are lookingfor a house, if they’re going to be looking for a really good deal, they know the seasonsand they know to hold off.

Only people who really need to sell their house are goingto put their house on the market during Christmas time or during the holiday season.

Brian: Right.

Amber: So, if that’s something that you’refaced with, if it’s possible to put your house on the market during the frenzy, thebuying frenzy, I would definitely recommend it.

If not, you may take a hit in the priceby putting it on the market during the holiday season.

Brian: What’s the cut-off point? Like, if I have a house ready, can I put it on themarket November 1st? Is that too close to Thanksgiving? What is your opinion?Amber: There are people, sometimes, there are so many people moving into Houston, alot of relo’s are happening.

So there will be people, those people come any time of theyear.

Brian: Right.

Amber: And they still need to buy, just like everyone else.

And because we have such adeficit of homes and listings on the market available, right now, you’re not seeingthat impact as greatly as we did several years ago.

Brian: Right.

So really, any time right now in Houston is a good time to sell a house.

Amber: Absolutely.


3) Homestead ExemptionBrian: One of the other things that I see is, in our business, because we’re alwaysbuying, selling, buying, selling.

So we’re always closing houses and the fourth quarterof the year that, you know, November, December, October, those months can be some of our busiestmonths.

And one of the reasons I see in the past couple of years is the Homestead Exemption.

Doesn’t the Homestead Exemption cut off at the end of the year? You have to file forit by December 31st, don’t you, for the following year?Amber: You have to live in that house by December 31st.

Brian: Live in it.

Amber: Yes, of that year, in order to fileit for January.

Brian: So, there’s often a push to get closingsdone in the last weeks of the year so that you can get that Homestead Exemption.

Amber: There is.

And if you work with investors, like a lot of us do, then you’ll find abig push, you know, people are needing to make wise investments before the end of theyear for tax purposes.

So we usually, November, December, are some of our busiest months.

Brian: Yeah, they are.

Well, what else can you tell us about when to sell your house?Amber: Well, let’s see.

Brian: Or when you need to sell it.

Amber: Or sell it when you need to sell it.

Exactly right.

As far as seasons go, gosh(laughter).

I’m drawing a blank.

Brian: Well, that’s a really good start.

So if you want to rent your house, you can contact a good real estate agent, like yourself,and how can we reach you at? Amber: CarringtonRealEstateServices.


Brian: Okay, so CarringtonRealEstateServices.


If you want to sell your house fast and youdon’t want to list it and you don’t want to fix it, or if you’re a landlord that’stired of being a landlord, you can contact us at BigStateHomeBuyers.


But for theperson that wants to rent their house out, and I agree, get yourself a good agent.

Makesure you screen the tenants.

Hold out, if you can, for the good tenant that’s stablewith a job they’ve had for a while and good rent history.

And if you want to sell it,even though the seasons, the old thing is sell in the summer, hold in winter.

If you’rein Houston and you want to sell your house, it looks like any time is the time to do it.

Amber: Any time is a good time.

Brian: Great.

So again, I’m Brian Spitzwith Big State Home Buyers and we are here with Amber Carrillo with Carrington Real EstateServices and thank you very much for joining us.

Amber: You got it.

Brian: Great.

Thank you.

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How to sell a house. Inside secret…Beat the competition!

Competition is anything and everything thatby its mere existence can cost you time or money or both.

Is your home a contender, apretender, or dominator? Putting a few pictures into a video (which is not really a videoit's just a series of pictures set to crappy music) is not what we're about when it comesto marketing your home.

That's not being competitive that's just posting and praying.

That's justsetting it and forgetting it.

You are either growing or you’re dying.

You are eitheractive or you're not.

There is no static state.

Sitting back, posting and praying, seeingwhat happens, listing and vanishing is not the way we do business.

We do business bytaking action.

We have an action plan and a communication plan.

We have an open house planthat will blow your socks off! We have a plan in place to adjust to whatever the competitionbrings so we always keep your home in the top two or three in the market.

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The Open House Tour Guide – Secrets to Sell Your Home #1

Hello and welcome to our new video seriescalled Secrets to Sell.

In this video series we are going to take a look at every salestechnique and tool used by real estate agents to sell your property.

We will take a lookat what works, why it works and we will provide the statistics to back it up.

Next we aregoing to take a look at some examples of the good the bad and im going to challenge thevery best with my zero real estate experience.

And just so you know, I have no moral issuesabout cheating.

Coming up this week we are going to look at the open house tour guide.

Now most likely this is going to be your real estate agent and its probably something youhaven't thought too much about but it can have a big impact on how much your house sellsfor and how quickly it sells.

A great host is able to get buyers in the right mind frame,they are able to highlight key features of the house and they are able to get buyersto get excited about buying your house.

You might want to think about your host beingkind of like a pitchman on a shopping network.

Think oxyclean and Billy Mayes.

Since we aretalking about pitchmen, in the infomercial world when they use celebrity guests to sellproducts they can see increases in sales by as much as 20%.

Now that's getting the rightperson talking about the right product in front of the right audience.

Communicationis the number one issue facing real estate agents.

Well that and marriages.

A real estateagent that communicates well is going to have an easier time selling your home.

90% of homebuyers are shopping online which means you should be using a video.

A great host willmake you house shine and it will be the perfect message delivered every single time.

Hostsare still needed in person as 10% of buyers purchase they saw at an open house.

Now thatwe have looked at some statistics, lets look at some examples.

First up we have a housewithout a tour guide.

As you can see there is no excitement in this video.

There is noone to mention the new floors, what type of fireplace is in the den or the completelyremodeled bedroom.

This video misses the mark.

Up next we have a tour with a host that dida fantastic job.

Lets take a look at what Ryan did right.

Welcome to our master suite.

This is the perfect oasis for when things are getting too hectic in the rest of thehouse.

Come in here an relax.

You've got your own walk in closet also separated by a barndoor.

And this is our sea side inspired master en suite with white oak cabinets, a free standingsoaker tub and check out this shower.

Beautiful full slab granite surround.

Notice how Ryanpaints a beautiful picture of each room, the inspiration behind the design and the keyfeatures.

Hes not selling a house, hes selling a home.

Ryan had great enthusiasm.

He showedkey features of the house which made this a great tour.

Well there you have it the goodand the bad and now im about to show you the very best.

For my tour I brought in a ringer.

I went outside the realm of real estate agents.

He is designed to appeal to young familieswhich is what this house is made for and hes irresistible to women who now buy more homesthan men.

He could sell ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves.

Let meet baby Luke.

How could anyone say no to him? And if you act now, he comes with the house.

That actuallymight not be true.

I may be biased but we want to know who you think would be betterat selling your home.

Ryan and his enthusiastic expert level tour or baby Luke? One thingyou should know is that if Luke doesn't win, its a trip to the glue factory and hes notinvited.

So there you go, something you might not have thought about before but having theright host for your video or your open house can help sell your house faster and for moremoney.

Thanks for watching our video today.

If you have any questions or ideas for videosyour would like to see, please let us know.

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