Using Milk as a Natural, Homemade Pesticide - Organic Gardening Spraying your plants with milk won't drive bugs away from your garden, but the dairy product can be used to culture Bacillus thuriugiensis Berliner, a well-known bacterial pesticide sold under such brand names as Dipel, Thuricide and Biotrol. The agent is quite effective in controlling — among a number of insect problems — infestations of loopers, which are those pesky little worms (they're actually moth larvae) that attack broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other members of the cole family. Once eaten, the bacteria paralyze the larvae's intestinal tracts and bring about their death in two to four days.Before you spray your garden with thuringiensis, though, be aware that this bacterial-warfare weapon is fatal to the caterpillars of all Lepidoptera (an order of insects that includes many lovely, and relatively harmless, moths and butterflies) . . . so please don't employ the remedy in cases where simply handpicking the loopers off your plants will do the job. Using Milk as a Pesticide
Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations by Ken Druse Synopses & Reviews In Natural Companions, acclaimed garden writer Ken Druse presents recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that look great together and bloom at the same time. Organized by theme within seasons, topics include color, fragrance, foliage, grasses, edible flowers and much more, all presented in photographs of gardens that show planted combinations from a wide variety of climates and conditions. Natural Companions also features more than one hundred special botanical images of amazing depth and color created in collaboration with artist Ellen Hoverkamp using modern digital technology. Review: "Provides seasonal tips on planting flowers that bloom (and look lovely) together. "An engaging blend of humor (the punning titles are rib-ticklers), garden history, botanical knowledge, and practical advice" Organic Gardening "Foodies have bread and chocolate. Synopsis: About the Author Ken Druse is the author of 17 award-winning gardening books.
7 Natural Uses For Baking Soda In The Garden Share Baking soda is a vital part of green cleaning and has so many uses in the house, but what about the garden. Here are 7 ways to use it in the garden. 1. Mix 4 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 gallon of water. 2. Powdery mildew is causing major problems with impatiens this year, but also can be a problem for other plants, like lilacs, cucumbers, squash and zinnias. Spray Recipe: 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid Mix all the ingredients together and spray plants weekly. 3. Mix in 1 gallon of water, 4 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon biodegradable soap. 4. Pour or sweep baking soda in a thick layer into cracks on a sidewalk or patios. 5. Mix equals parts flour and baking soda and dust plants (cabbage, broccoli, kale) being eaten by cabbage worms. 6. Simply wet the crabgrass, pour a heavy dusting of baking soda on the weed. 7. Source: Plant Care Today
Extensive List of Organic Pest Control Remedies Start a Garden… why is the garden so important? It teaches us all in what we can do Now! Break free from the dependency from Big Agra, and take out the guest work of knowing that the food you grow will be safe to eat! An organic garden also helps restore and repopulate the bee colonies. In this video noted physicist & recipient of The Right Livelihood Award, Dr. List compiled by Australian Organic Gardening Posted on Wake Up World You can make your own organic bug spray from kitchen leftovers! Bury the onion bits around plants that are prone to aphids, spiders and other pests. CURE FOR WHITE/BLACK SPOT (mildew) Add *1 litre of FULL cream milk to an *8 litre watering can, watered on Roses or mildew attracting plants, will kill white/black spot Make the oil spray by blending two cups of vegetable oil with one cup of pure liquid soap, and mix it until it turns white. Dilute one tablespoon of the emulsion to one litre of water and spray all affected areas thoroughly. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
www.gardeningknowhow.com/vegetable/how-to-grow-parsnips.htm By Kathee Mierzejewski When you are planning your garden, you might want to include planting parsnips among your carrots and other root vegetables. Parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) are related to the carrot, which is another root vegetable. The top of the parsnip resembles broadleaf parsley. Parsnips will grow to three feet tall and their roots can get as long as 20 inches. So now you might ask, “How do I grow parsnips?” How to Grow Parsnips It takes from 120 to 180 days for a parsnip to go from seeds to roots. Growing parsnips takes 18 days for germination. Be sure to water the parsnips well when growing parsnips or the roots will be flavorless and really tough. Fertilization of the soil is also helpful, and you can fertilize your growing parsnips the same way you would your carrots. When to Harvest Parsnips After 120 to 180 days, you will know when to harvest parsnips because the leafy tops reach to three feet tall. You can also leave some of the parsnips in the ground until spring.
Step by Step – Make your own Permaculture No Dig raised bed | FOOD from the SKY Step by Step – Make your own Permaculture No Dig raised bed Posted by azulvaleriethome on December 12, 2012 · 19 Comments Raised Bed Workshop- Step by Step Using raised beds can be a great way to grow crops in small spaces. Building them involves less digging and soil disturbance than dug beds as organic matter is simple layered on top of the earth (usually mulched first with a thick layer of cardboard) and worms and micro organisms are encouraged to move up from below to break it down into lush soil. In this way you effectively create an extra layer of topsoil to grow your plants in and the raised edges give you a contained space where you can easily manage weeds and fertility. In soil-less environments such as the FFTS roof top, raised beds are essential. and without access to the microorganisms and nutrients found in the top soil that the beds usually sit on, we have to work hard to create a biologically rich and active environment that will support healthy plant growth. Jack Astbury
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Build a Homemade Mosquito Trap Mosquitoes are more than just annoying pests in your yard or garden. Mosquitoes carry many diseases including West Nile, encephalitis and malaria. There are many commercial products to rid your landscape of these dangerous insects. Most of these products are quite expensive, however. How it WorksMosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide (CO2) that we exhale. Your homemade mosquito trap will use yeast to create CO2. MaterialsTo build your homemade mosquito trap, you'll need: 1 plastic two-liter drink bottle, emptied and cleaned. Putting it Together Cut the top off the two-liter bottle just below the point where the top merges into the cylinder. Using The TrapYour homemade mosquito trap will work indoors or out. You'll need to replace the yeast mixture about every two weeks. The trap can be made more effective by taping an Octenol or Lurex mosquito lure to the inside of the bottom section of the bottle before sealing.
5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | Eartheasy Blog - StumbleUpon It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2. Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden.
No dig growing |No dig gardening| www.charlesdowding.co.uk Many gardeners are discovering the benefits of growing healthy food without any soil cultivation. As well as saving the effort of digging, rotovating, 'forking through' or whatever, you will find that weeds eventually grow much less, that vegetables grow just as well, or better, and that soil sticks less to your boots - which may seem a small point but it makes a big difference to the pleasure of being out in the plot. This comment from Steve Jenkins in Lancaster reflects that: I attended Charles' one day course last September and even though I had been allotmenting for many years (or perhaps because) it was an inspiring and transformative experience. I completely changed the way I garden. I've just had my first complete year of no dig and, ok it's been a great growing year, but I've been double cropping, growing a far greater variety and balanced out some of the gluts for more of a flow of produce it has been fantastic, a revelation. There is rarely any need to double (or single!)
How to grow watercress at home | Clarkarty original Home grow watercress at home Growing watercress at home is actually Very easy despite the myth that watercress needs flowing water in order to grow. Although watercress will grow with better overall results in clean flowing water such a a stream or a quiet river flow which is the watercress’s natural habitat, I have grown my own watercress without flowing / running water in containers at home with great results. Growing Watercress At Home There are very few situations in which watercress will not grow. Almost anyone can grow their own Watercress at home. Watercress can be grow virtually anywhere so long the watercress plant/s have light and water. Watercress is not only a source of fibre but it is also high in vitamin C. In this article I will take you through the process of how so very easy it is to grow watercress at home. The way I personally discovered how to grow water cress at home was a relatively simple one by way of experimenting. Step 1 – Find some watercress first!