Gardening with Epsom Salt | SaltWorks® Epsom salt is a popular supplement in organic gardening. For those interested in “green” living, Epsom salt is an ideal component in an organic garden. Epsom salt is an affordable, gentle and green treatment for your well-tended plants—both indoors and out. With a chemical structure unlike any other, Epsom salt (also known as Magnesium Sulfate) is one of the most economic and versatile salt-like substances in the world. Epsom salt has long been known as a wonderful garden supplement, helping to create lush grass, full roses and healthy, vibrant greenery. Ultra® Epsom Salt Why Epsom Salt Works in the Garden Composed almost exclusively of magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is intensely rich in these two minerals, which are both crucial to healthy plant life. Magnesium Magnesium is beneficial to plants from very early on, right when the seed begins to develop. Sulfate Sulfate, a mineral form of sulfur found in nature, is an equally important nutrient for plant life. Epsom Salt for Houseplants
A Best-Practices Guide to Growing Tomatoes: Tomato Basics Attention to the basic needs of tomatoes goes a long way toward keeping them healthy and productive. If you’ve had problems with tomatoes in the past, the solution is probably in this list. Light. Plant tomatoes where they get 8 hours or more of sunlight daily. Any less will reduce the harvest. Soil. Spacing. Water. Mulch. Fertilizer. Crop rotation. Fall cleanup.
21 Epsom Salt Garden "Cheats" You Don't Want To Miss! There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the garden. It contains magnesium one of what growers call the “major minor” elements. It helps speed up plant growth, increase a plants nutrient uptake, deter pests, increase flavor of fruit and veggies, plus increase the output of vegetation. Read on to discover “other” ways to use Epsom salts in your garden. Before we look at the big three plants most gardeners use Epsom Salt on with wonderful results: Tomatoes, Peppers and Roses, let’s look at some general application practices and rates you can use with many plants. Applying Epsom Salt Below you’ll find basic general methods and rates to apply Epsom salt to plants and soil. Soil Incorporation – Broadcast 1 cup per 100 square feet, mix well into before planting. Pre-Planting Soak – Prior to planting, soak root balls in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt diluted in one gallon of water. Tomatoes A healthy growing tomato plant uses up lots of magnesium in the growing / production process.
DIY $2 self-watering garden bed - Grow produce easily, even in the toughest drought conditions - NaturalNews.com Thursday, June 26, 2014 by: Carolanne WrightTags: self-watering garden bed, sustainable agriculture, drought conditions (NaturalNews) "When life gives you lemons, share them with neighbors!" enthuses the Food is Free Project, a grassroots organization based out of Austin, Texas. It all began as a single, front yard organic vegetable garden with a sign explaining that the food was free for the taking. The founders of the project realized that most people don't grow their own food because of financial considerations, as well as the time it takes to maintain the plot. A zany video demonstrating how to build the raised bed, along with a wealth of other gardening resources, can be found at the Food is Free Project website. As wisely observed by Buckminster Fuller, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. Sources for this article include:
Extra kick med gödselvatten | Skillnadens Trädgård | Sara Bäckmo Vissa grönsaker behöver lite extra näring under sommaren för att trivas riktigt bra. I nya klippet från trädgården visar jag hur jag tillverkar och använder gödselvatten. Största delen av köksträdgården får den näring den behöver genom täckodlingen. Men vissa delar behöver lite extra, till exempel odlingslådor och andra ytor som jag haft svårt att täcka av olika anledningar. I veckans klipp från Skillnadens Trädgård visar jag hur jag gör gödselvatten av bland annat ogräs och jag delar också några bra tips som underlättar vattningen. Om du har svårt att se klippet i spelaren ovan finns det också på YouTube: Tillverka och gödsla med gödselvatten. Växter som gillar lite extraJag vattnar alla slags växter, både grönsaker, sommarblommor och perenner, med gödselvatten. RotselleriVitlökRabarberKål Majs Purjolök Gurkväxter Kronärtskocka Tomat Sparris (efter midsommar) I min trädgård odlas många bäddar med flera vändor grönsaker, de avlöser alltså varandra under säsongen.
Recycling animal and human dung is the key to sustainable farming © Illustrations in red & black: Diego Marmolejo for low-tech magazine. The innocent looking water closet breaks up a natural cycle in our food supply. Basically, it turns extremely valuable resources into waste products. This is problematic and unsustainable, for three main reasons. Secondly, we need artificial fertilizers to keep our soil fertile. Water closets are energy-intensive Fresh water production, the construction and maintenance of sewers, the treatment of sewage (and sewage sludge), and the production of inorganic fertilizers are all energy-intensive processes. Potassium and phosphate have to be mined (up to depths of several thousands of feet) and transported. Moreover, while potassium is widely distributed and abundantly available (we have enough economically obtainable reserves to last 700 years at our current consumption rate), phosphorus is not. A sign of civilization The existence of the water closet and the accompanying sewer system is seldom questioned. Dung traders
Coffee Grounds & Gardening: Using Coffee Grounds As Fertilizer By Heather Rhoades Whether you make your cup of coffee daily or you have noticed your local coffee house has started to put out bags of used coffee, you may be wondering about composting with coffee grounds. Are coffee grounds as fertilizer a good idea? And how do coffee grounds used for gardens help or hurt? Composting Coffee Grounds Composting with coffee is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end up taking up space in a landfill. Advertisement Composting coffee grounds is as easy as throwing the used coffee grounds onto your compost pile. If you will be adding used coffee grounds to your compost pile, keep in mind that they are considered green compost material and will need to be balanced with the addition of some brown compost material. Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer Used coffee grounds for gardening does not end with compost. Many people feel that coffee grounds lower the pH (or raise the acid level) of soil, which is good for acid loving plants.
How to Grow an Endless Supply of Garlic Indoors Other than being one of the healthiest food out there, garlic is also easy to be grown indoors. It is also a much cheaper way than buying it at the grocery store, and of course much healthier. You’ve all heard of the amazing benefits of garlic and all the things it can do for your body, so let’s just jump to how to grow it in the comfort of your own home. How to Grow Garlic Indoors Things You Will Need A head of garlic Potting soil A container Instructions To grow garlic indoors, all you need is one good garlic head. Cover all the cloves with soil. Place the pot in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Source: livingtraditionally.com Be Sociable, Share! Free, Homemade Liquid Fertilizers Many organic gardeners keep a bottle of liquid fish fertilizer on hand to feed young seedlings, plants growing in containers and any garden crop that needs a nutrient boost. But liquid, fish-based fertilizers are often pricey, plus we’re supporting an unsustainable fishing industry by buying them. So, what’s a good alternative? MOTHER EARTH NEWS commissioned Will Brinton — who holds a doctorate in Environmental Science and is president of Woods End Laboratories in Mt. Vernon, Maine — to develop some water-based, homemade fertilizer recipes using free, natural ingredients, such as grass clippings, seaweed, chicken manure and human urine. Why and When to Use Liquids Liquid fertilizers are faster-acting than seed meals and other solid organic products, so liquids are your best choice for several purposes. Water-soluble homemade fertilizers are short-acting but should be applied no more than every two weeks, usually as a thorough soaking. Making Your Own
How to make a bamboo polytunnel We used a local renewable material, caña (like bamboo). You could use anything long and bendy – we would like to try it with hazel next time we are further north. The only items we paid for are the plastic and string (pita string made from fibres of the giant succulent Agave plant). It took six days with four people working. Step 1 Select locally growing caña and do a flex test. Step 2 Strip the outer leaves and bumpy nodules from the canes. Step 3 Bundle into a column of 7 canes tying with string at 25cm intervals. Step 4 Join one column to another to form a super column. Step 5 Dig holes to place feet of arches into. Step 6 Create smaller columns of 3 canes to act as supports between main arches Step 7 Protect plastic by covering outside edge of all canes with fabric or folded netting/fleece. Step 8 Roll plastic over the structure. Step 9 Fit doors (we reused glass doors from a skip). Step 10 Grow plants all year round. Useful resource How to buy, site and erect a polytunnel Creating a community polypod
Homemade Fertilizer Tea Recipes Make these easy liquid fertilizers — then sit back and watch your seedlings and plants thrive! By Barbara Pleasant Add the amount of dry ingredients shown in the chart below to a 5-gallon bucket, then add water to fill, and steep for three days. Strain or decant the tea and dilute as shown below. To make fertilizer tea from urine, simply dilute the urine in 20 parts water, and it’s ready to use. Check out Free, Homemade Liquid Fertilizers for more information about liquid fertilizers and the many benefits of making your own. Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens.
Education - Core Concepts | Biological Cultivation | Advancing Eco-Agriculture 1. Healthy Plants Resist Insects and Disease We understand that animals and people have an immune system that is our natural defense against pathogens. For our immune system to function properly and fulfill its purpose, it needs to be supported with the proper nutrition. If nutritional elements are lacking, or not properly balanced, the immune system’s ability to perform is compromised. This same concept holds true for plants. 2. For plants to reach an optimum level of health and immunity, they need to have a fully active enzyme system to continuously process and create higher-order compounds. 3. The ultimate level of plant nutrition is when plants can absorb the majority of their nutritional requirements as microbial metabolites. 4. Regenerative models of agronomy and plant nutrition focus on improving quality and plant health, rather than increasing yields. 5. There is a common understanding that healthy soils create healthy plants. AEA's 20 Core Concepts pdf.
Fertilizer Basics: Organic Fertilizer, NPK Ratio ACCORDING to the Gallup Gardening Survey, less than half of the country's home gardeners use any kind of fertilizer on their lawns or gardens. What's unfortunate about this statistic is that it means gardeners aren't getting as many flowers or as much produce as they should. And they're probably struggling with disease and insect problems that could be avoided. To look their best, most perennials require regular fertilization. Well-fed plants are healthier, more productive and more beautiful. Plant Nutrients 101 Plants need to be fertilized because most soil does not provide the essential nutrients required for optimum growth. There are six primary nutrients that plants require. Nitrogen helps plants make the proteins they need to produce new tissues. Phosphorus stimulates root growth, helps the plant set buds and flowers, improves vitality and increases seed size. Potassium improves overall vigor of the plant. Magnesium is the only metallic component of chlorophyll. Organic vs.
soils majority come from weathered rock, approximately a 1/2 come from water and air, and a small portion ( less than 10%) from humus, decomposing but not decomposed organic material. Minerals derived from the soil must be dissolved in water. Otherwise the plant will not be able to obtain them. How does soil structure impact on nutrient availability? Soils are characterized by the particles which make up their texture; they may be described as clayey ( common enough in CC, or sandy ( on the eastern shore) or more ideally as loamy. Particles: Additionally, the age of the soil influences its organization. How do plants obtain the nutrients in the soil? CEC is important for maintaining adequate quantities of plant available calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+) and potassium (K+) in soils.