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Panchagavya - Going Organic! By geekgardener, on February 5th, 2008 Lots of updates from my garden.

Panchagavya - Going Organic!

Here is what i have been doing Been to Lalbagh Flower show on Republic day( Actually went there twice The flower show was great. Got to see lots of varieties of Coleus, Baby Zinnia and its mouthful. Then I wanted to do a test drive on some ayurvedic extract called N.L. ). “Panchagavya + Herbal plant extracts”. What on earth is Panchagavya ?. Panchagavya is a thick mixture you get when you blend 5(pancha) products from the Cow(gavya).

I mix that bottle’s cap full of Panchagavya in 0.5 litre of water and apply as a foliar spray. Every day I see lots of improvement in the plants. I am happy and I am going to use it forever. Another article that fueled my quest for organic farming is By Respected Valmiki Sreenivasa Ayangarya Perhaps Its time we Indians should start using the old techniques of organic farming mentioned in our vedic literatures otherwise the researchers abroad will follow it and tell us about it. Panchagavya - How to make. When I started this blog, I wrote a post on Panchagavya and its benefits for plants.

Panchagavya - How to make

I didn’t think that it was going to get so popular. Seed Saving – Tomato seeds. Most of us are quite familiar with buying seeds or sharing seeds.

Seed Saving – Tomato seeds

Seed saving is something not many of us do that often. What exactly is seed saving? Seed saving is a process of collecting seeds from the fruit of the plant for sowing in the coming season. Why save seeds? Back then, there were no seed companies, so farmers save their own seeds during every harvest and use it for their next crop. Seed saving Bell pepper seeds. By geekgardener, on February 24th, 2010 Its so surprising how a capsicum/bell pepper plant with many peppers hanging on them, makes people go crazy .

Seed saving Bell pepper seeds

Anyone who came home when I have mature peppers in the plant, goes back with some seeds of the same. Tell me, who doesn’t love to have a plant like this.. This capsicum variety is called “Banana Early Sweet”. It tastes sweet. This post is about how to save the seeds from this pepper . Things you need: Ripe pepper ( ripened while in the plant).A knifeA plateBright well ventilated location. First let the pepper ripe well in the plant. Pluck the peppers. Cut them open and carefully scoop out the seeds. The seeds will be wet and they need little bit of drying. Once dried, the seeds will start looking like this. Container choices. Gardening is all about choice.

Container choices

You get to choose what you want to grow, how you want to grow and where you want to grow. For apartment dwellers, the choice of place to grow is very limited and that is when containers come for rescue. Ok! Now we have pots of all sizes and materials available in the market right? So where is the problem? Sometime back, I checked the price of a plastic window sill planter (pic below) and its price is whopping 300 Rs!?.. Priced at Rs 300/- a piece. I started searching for options and found many other alternatives. Guess how much it cost me? Milk crates like the one below are sold by weight. Lettuce is growing happily in it.. Also, dust bins are very versatile containers ,though their life is not that great and start breaking after 6 months if you keep in the hot sun.

Sowing Chart. Controling Aphids & Mealy bugs. Plant Pests Series – Leaf Miner. By geekgardener, on January 3rd, 2012 Hope you all had a great new year weekend.

Plant Pests Series – Leaf Miner

Few weeks back, I posted a topic in the forum to build a database of pictures of various pests. The main idea was to make it easier for novice gardeners to identify the pest they are having without much difficulty. With that in mind, I started looking closely at my plants every single day; all the plants. I got plenty of insects. IdentificationDamagesControlNaturalChemical Introduction The star of this post is Leaf Miner. Identification In case of leaf miner, the pest can only be identified after the damage is done. After several days of mining in the garden, I was able find a miner taking a walk in the park, munching along..The dark lines are its poop.

This is up close with the maggot. Damage Leaf miner attack can cause serious damage based on the density of the insects and the stage of the plants. Life cycle This is how the story of a leaf miner goes.. Leaf miner Control Organic control Chemical control. GeekGardener. Starting a Vegetable Garden - Weed 'em & Reap. Starting a Vegetable Garden isn’t as hard as you might think.

Starting a Vegetable Garden - Weed 'em & Reap

I’m often shocked when people say they have a “brown thumb”. Brown thumb? Nah, you just need to learn the RIGHT way to garden! It’s time to quit having low-gardening-self-esteem and get your garden on! There are a few things you need to know before starting a vegetable garden and lucky for you, you came to the right place!