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How to Water Orchids That You Grow at Home
Jan 28, 2015  |   Tree Science  |   No Comments

How to Water Orchids That You Grow at Home

Here’s my quick guide on how to care for orchids which are traditionally quite hard to keep – but not if you use my methods.  Take a look and tell me what you think?  Please note I’ve also added the video below which I think is a great supplemental addition to my own notes from the Ehow Home Channel.

How to Water Orchids

OK so first up you will need to properly water your orchids.  My suggestion is that you leave pot in a rainwater basin for around half an hour. Whatever you do don’t splash water onto the head of the orchid as this can sometimes make the plant become rotten.

I have discovered through lots of trial and error that orchids hate limestone.  Because of this I always give them and water with rain water – but this again must be set to a consistent room temperature.

If you give the orchid too hot water at a high temperature then it will harm the flower so please be very conservative.  I do recommend using some small amounts of fertilizer but not a lot or too much as this can make the roots decay in most cases.  My recommendation is to just use half the amount that you would normally use on indoor plants and flowers.  One more tip – try adding a drop of lemon juice to the rain water – orchids like acid and this can lessen the chances of hard water harming the orchid.

In terms of how often you should water the orchid I personally always make sure that the earth is moist but don’t tend to overdo it.

If you like these tips then you might also be interested in these additional blog posts which are related to the “how to” area of plants and trees.

New Job Offer from the Accident Claims Advice Web
Jan 28, 2015  |   Personal Stuff  |   No Comments

New Job Offer from the Accident Claims Advice Web

I Love TreesFor those of you that know me personally, you will know how I’ve always had an interest in trees (in particular their history), but that’s just one small part of my life and what I do.

Outside of work I’ve been involved in the Internet Marketing business for a number of years now and have worked for a number of different accident claims and personal injury firms across the United States in helping them to generate leads and get more business.  Well, that part of my “normal” life has now just taken a really positive turn for the better as I’ve won a new client in the UK, meaning I can expand and really accelerate my business with my accident claims clients.

New Client Win for a UK Accident Claims Advice Company

Last month I entered into some negotiations with this Accident Claims Company after they approached me having seen the good work I was doing with some of their accident claims partners here in the United States.  After some really great discussions over Skype, they asked me to put together a proposal on how I could help to generate them more clients coming to them for accident claims advice in order to make an accident claim or personal injury claim.

Happily they said yes to my proposal, which for me means I can really push my business forward on in 2015, and will be working with even more personal injury solicitors and lawyers – both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Generating Leads for the Accident Claims Advice Industry

If you work in the accident claims business either here or abroad or know someone who does then here’s a breakdown of the type of services that I currently offer, all of which can be placed into a bespoke strategy to suit you and your business!

  • Creating unique ways in which to generate inbound accident claims enquiries
  • Online interviews with personal injury lawyers and accident claims specialists
  • Managing and maintaining of social media accounts
  • Content marketing strategies and blogger outreach
  • Using YouTube to generate online enquiries
  • Website optimisation focused on converting accident claims leads

You are probably wondering why I focus in so closely on the law niche?  Well, I fell into this industry due to my college background in law.  I was studying to be a personal injury lawyer before I got into online marketing and always wanted to create my own accident claims company.  I soon realised that the time and money involved in setting up was actually a bit of a roadblock.  So… using what I knew about the industry it made sense that I still operated in the accident claim advice niche, but instead as a service provider.

My first client was a local lawyer based in San Diego.  He was someone I had studied with at college and he was struggling to attract in-bound clients.  We took a look at his business, and saw that instead of purely focusing on the broader market of accident claims that we should instead be more focussed on specific niches within the industry.

Niche Specific Accident Claims Websites

As a result I helped him build up some websites which addressed certain specific claim types in the personal injury niche, all of which are still generating him thousands of dollars per year in revenue – something I am very proud of.  We decided to look into and focus on:

  • Car crash claims and road traffic accident injuries
  • Work accident claims and industrial disease
  • Head, brain, neck, back and spinal cord injury claims

What this meant was that we could present him as a specialist in these areas, rather than just being a generic personal injury claims lawyer who dealt with all forms of compensation types.  He is now known as the leading accident claims lawyer in his geographic catchment area for those types listed above.

It was this piece of work that brought me to the attention of the Accident Claims Advice Web people in the United Kingdom.  They had seen all the great work that I have been doing on social media and reached out to me via email.  Fast forward to today and I’ve now got them as a client – hopefully this will be the beginning of many new relationships such as this.

The accident claims industry in the United Kingdom is actually very similar to how it works in the United States with a few exceptions.  The English and UK market has very strict regulation on how businesses and accident claims management companies can generate new business and leads, and in the last year the UK Government has passed down a lot of legislation changing the way in which the industry works.

Thankfully my law background has meant I understand these changes, and can adapt some ways in which I work to ensure that UK clients stay one step ahead of the legislation and don’t take any un-due risks.  When you are dealing in an industry like this it’s very important to make sure that you are squeaky clean – it’s people lives you are dealing with at the end of the day, and someone looking for accident claims advice is probably already under a lot of stress already due to injuries, worries, and financial problems.

Hopefully the new projects that I am planning for the Accident Claims Advice Web will be well received and will help them to increase their client base like I have already done for some lawyers in our own country.  I am really looking forward to how this goes and will post updates on the Historic Trees blog as and when they happen.

Do You Need Help With Generating More Business Online?

If you are a business interested in getting more personal injury leads and increasing your own business then please do contact me.  In the next couple of months I will be creating a website dedicated to my services for law firms from an online marketing perspective and in particular how I can help those working in the accident claims industry to get more business online.

YouTube Round-Up for January 2015
Jan 28, 2015  |   Tree Science  |   No Comments

YouTube Round-Up for January 2015

Hey guys, as explained in my previous blog post, I’ve been a little bit inactive in recent months, but thought at the very least I could do a quick YouTube Round-Up to follow on from the November edition I published late last year.

Today I thought I would focus on one particular aspect to tree keeping, preservation, and growth that I have a particular passion for, and that’s preventing damage to the roots of your tree… here’s a great little selection of videos I’ve found that I really like. Hope you find them useful!

Long Term Effects of Root Damage – Prune Like a Pro

How to Remove Tree Roots Growing Underneath Concrete

How to Create a Root Barrier Installation Easily and Quickly

Do You Have Any Suggested Videos?

If you would like to recommend any YouTube subjects that I can feature next month then please get in touch.  I am planning to feature some great new videos that the National Geographic TV channel are planning on putting out later in the year – really looking forward to those so will update you when I have news.

Sorry For the Lack Of Updates and Activity on the Website
Jan 27, 2015  |   Tree Science  |   No Comments

Sorry For the Lack Of Updates and Activity on the Website

Sorry for the lack of updates on the website recently. As you might or might not know I haven’t actually owned the website that long myself, and did have plans to make it into a really good resource for all things relating to Historic Trees as I believe that’s what this used to be some years ago.

I am not sure for how much longer I will be running the website due to other commitments and am in negotiation with selling it to someone who can provide a better service in terms of the type of content readers would expect to read on here.

If you would like to purchase the website from me, or would like to provide any compelling content that you feel would be a good fit for Historic Trees then please do contact me and submit a request or comment.

One aspect that is quite quick for me to update are YouTube videos so if you have any recommending viewing that you feel would fit in with the style of the Historic Trees website then please also submit those.  You can see an example of how I sometimes do this on the November YouTube Round-Up blog post I last put up and published.

Thanks for now. And happy new year to all my readers.

All my love, Mick

YouTube Round-Up for November 2014
Nov 17, 2014  |   Tree Science  |   No Comments

YouTube Round-Up for November 2014

I am always looking on YouTube for new clips and films about the things that interest me.  There are some excellent videos on there about tree and plant growing, and in what I hope to become a regular segment of my blog I am going to start publishing and showcasing some of the best videos that I have found.  Hopefully you will get to see something that you like.  If you have a video that you think should be featured then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and suggest a new video.

How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

A Simple Way To Root Plants From Cuttings

You might also want to check out the video on my tree science blog post.

How to Grow Bonsai Trees from a Seed
Nov 17, 2014  |   Tree Science  |   No Comments

How to Grow Bonsai Trees from a Seed

In another instalment of my bonsai posts, I wanted to share with you details on how I have successfully grown bonsai trees from seeds.  This blog post should be viewed in partnership with a previous blog post that I wrote about taking care of bonsai trees indoors.

Growing and raising bonsai trees indoors from seedlings can be so rewarding.  I love this method as it means that you are always in full control of the development of the tree and can grow and nurture it kind of like how you would a child (extreme view, but that’s how I view some of my trees!)

Having said that it can take a very long to get the bonsai to be fully grown and cultivated so a lot of patience is needed, although no doubt a lot less than raising kids eh!  You can read my full guide below, and also watch this excellent supplementary video that I found recently on Youtube which I think is the best example by far of how to do this – although our methods to differ a little bit.

Where to Buy Bonsai Seeds

In terms of seeds, what you need to do is buy from a good supplier.  You can get some on Amazon, but I always prefer to purchase from independents.  The Bonsai Outlet are pretty good to be honest although I always recommend that you do your own research into this.

So first off, the season you plant your seeds is pretty important because if you are growing trees that are not native to your climate than you need to do something called stratification. This process means that you can keep the bonsai seeds in a good conditions before you plant them.  For beginners to tree planting and cultivation this can be quite complex.  But then growing bonsai trees is never a simple task.

The Best Time to Grow Bonsai

I always recommend the autumn time as it follows the natural cycle and seedlings will have a whole summer to grow after you get the germination process working in early spring. If you do it like this then you don’t have to concern yourself with the stratification process I spoke of earlier.

The Process

Firstly I want you to dig a hole around 15 centimeters deep making sure to leave an adequate drainage hole.  As far as the pot goes, you should create a bottom layer which has fine gravel and akadama to about a quarter of the pot.  Then on top of the akadama, use fine gravel and organic soil which should only take up to about 3 centimeters below the edge of your pot.

Next up get your new bonsai seeds and line them up into the pot making sure that they are at least 6 centimeters apart each time.  Having said this, it really does depend on the size of the seeds that you are using.  After you have laid the seeds down make sure to cover them up with soil which then needs to be heavily watered in the beginning.

Once you are happy with the planting of the seeds you should then leave it in a bright place indoors such as a window sill or ledge, but away from the elements.  Keep the soil moist, after the initial watering but don’t let it become soggy or over-watered.

Hope Springs Eternal!

With any luck, the spring time should start to see some initial growth appearing through the soil.  This is the germination process and is probably the most exciting part in my view.  I always use a small amount of fertilizer at this point – but once the small sprigs get to a few centimeters tall it’s time to separate them into different plant pots if you wish.

Now it’s just a three year wait to see the fruits of your labor – so good luck!

I got the image of a bonsai from Flickr – copyright and credit to this guy here: www.flickr.com/photos/bdom

PS: I have also written a guide on how to grow cucumbers indoors.

My Guide on How to Grow Cucumbers
Nov 13, 2014  |   Tree Science  |   No Comments

My Guide on How to Grow Cucumbers

Vegetables and fruits are our key to health and happiness, but if hate buying them at the grocery store why not grow your own? One of the easiest fruits to grow is the cucumber. Of course, if you have virtually no idea how to go about the process you likely need a little assistance to get you going. Check out our brief step-by-step tutorial to learn how you can grow a cucumber.

First of all, let’s note that this tutorial is for cucumbers grown outdoors. There is a different technique used for indoor cucumbers.

Step 1. Sow your seeds. Cucumbers must be sown in mid-spring generally in-between April and May for the best results. Fill your growing pot (around 3 inches in depth) with seed compost. This helps nourish the fruit as it grows. Next, place your pots and cucumbers in a tight plastic bag. The best temperature to keep the seeds at or near is 68F. This allows them to develop properly.

Step 2. Allow 7 to 10 days to pass. After that grace period, your cucumbers should be sprouting pretty little flowers and start peeking out of the soil. You will now need to place them on a warm and bright windowsill where they have direct access to sunlight. Keep them here until they reach around 3 inches in length when they are ready to be transplanted.

Step 3. Water frequently and harvest. It is essential that you water your cucumbers every day and provide them with significant humidity as they hate being dried out. Once your cucumbers are showing themselves in near full form you can then harvest them. Once cucumbers reach around 6inches in length they are ready to be harvested. Use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to cut them.

And there you have it! You’ve now grown cucumbers right from your very own home.

Many thanks to this person for the image used in the header: https://flickr.com/photos/zenat_el3ain/