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A Proven And Easy Way To Grow Lemon Tree At Your Home

A Proven And Easy Way To Grow Lemon Tree At Your Home

You have two proven ways to grow a lemon tree at your home; you can get a seed or you can try grafting.

To grow a lemon tree at your home, the best option is to use the seed method. You MUST get a seed from a trusted source. This means that you should not use ones from a lemon you bought somewhere. You need a real lemon.

What I am trying to say is that to get a lemon tree you’ll need a seed from an organic lemon, one that you can pick up from a tree. If you use lemons that you buy in a greengrocery, you won’t get a good result. Then, you need to find a lemon tree near your neighborhood and get a fresh one. We’ll make that lemon grow to a beautiful lemon tree.

The perfect seed

Once you get the lemon, cut it and get a few seeds. If you happen to slice one, throw it, that seed will not work, you need a perfect seed.

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Slice the lemon
    Slice the lemon

    get the seeds

      Get some paper towel and thoroughly clean them. You’ll notice a protective film outside the seed, like a shield. You don’t want to keep this film. If you do so, it would take a long time to your seed to germinate. So you need to remove it.

      Start from the top of the seed and peel it slowly. Be especially careful not to hurt the seed. They are very slippery, so be careful. Repeat with a few more seeds.

      dry the seed and peel it
        Clean and dry the seed and then peel it

        Once you have the seeds peeled, put them in the middle of a new paper towel and fold it over a couple times.

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        get seed into paper and fold-it-twice
          Put the seed in the middle of a paper and fold it twice

          Now pour some water on it, and insert the paper towel with the seeds inside a Ziploc bag. Remember to put a mark on the bag so you can now exactly when to get the seeds back. Put the bag in a warm place for 8 days. After that time you can check them back.

          Soak the paper and put it into a ziploc
            Soak the paper and put it into a Ziploc

            Open the Ziploc and carefully unfold the paper towel. You should see the seeds germinated.

            after 8 days check the seeds
              After 8 days check the seeds

              Every seed should have a small root. Be careful not to damage them. You should see the seeds germinated; you can now put them back in the paper towel and into the Ziploc. Leave them for another 7 days.

              look for sprouts
                Look for sprouts

                This awesome video shows you exactly all the processes. When you check them back you should see a green root. This is the time to get them a solid “house”. You must plant them.

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                Time to get the sprout a good pot and some potting soil

                Take your time to find the right potting soil. You should choose some organic seed mix, rich in nutrients, compost, and peat. You’ll also require a pot.

                You’ll need a pot with drainage holes and 5-6 inches deep. Bear in mind that after some time the seedling will need to be re-potted into a much larger container. Remember that an adult lemon tree prefers a wider container (18 inches) rather than a deeper one (less than 16 inches). This large pot will be enough for your tree for some years, then, you should consider to move it again.

                A growing lemon tree needs a lot of sunlight, and I mean a lot of; a sprouting tree needs 10-14 hours daily. If you do not have sunlight you may get a grow light. It is cost-effective and you’ll get a really green foliage.

                How to sow your baby tree

                So far we have:

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                • Some healthy sprouts
                • A good potting soil
                • A nice pot, 5-6 inches deep with a good drainage
                • A real nice place to locate the baby tree with 10-14 hours sunlight or a grow-light

                Now you need to moisten the soil. Put the organic soil into the pot and soak it. The soil should reach an inch of space below the rim of your pot.

                Now plant your sprout! Dig a hole (1-2 inches) and insert the seed with the sprout. Cover the seed with soil and gently water it. Keep in mind that your seed needs warmth, moisture, and sunlight, but no direct sun! You do not want to roast it. Always check the temperature and moisture, do not let the soil to dry and keep the place warm.

                After a month you’ll see a beautiful baby tree. Now it can have some direct sunlight. Remember, warm place, not hot.

                And the secret to your success; love. You MUST love your  baby lemon tree. Take a few minutes a day to look at it, talk to it, sing to it. The tree actually feels you and your love. This secret “ingredient” is most important. It’ll be returned to you with an awesome green foliage and juicy lemons.

                If you liked it, share this and help others grow a perfect lemon tree at their homes.

                Featured photo credit: photopin via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on May 25, 2019

                20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

                It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

                This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

                Breakfast

                1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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                  This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

                  2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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                    If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

                    3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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                      This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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                      4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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                        It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

                        5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                          A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                          Lunch

                          6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                            Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                            7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                              This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                               8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                                Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                                 9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                                  A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                                   10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                                    Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                                    Dinner

                                    11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                                      This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                                      12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                                        As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                        13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                          Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                           14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                            If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                            15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                              This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                              Dessert

                                              16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                                If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                                  With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                   18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                                    This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                     19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                                      Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                       20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                                        By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                        Featured photo credit: Spaghetti Squash with Fire Roasted Tomato, Olive and Baby Spinach Sauce via commons.wikimedia.org

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