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粉团
2017-05-23
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Do a few of these chores in your garden in the EARLY morning, and you’ll see incredible results in no time!
1. Watering Plants do better if watered in the early morning. At this time the sun starts to rise and day remains cool, and water is absorbed into the soil pretty well without the evaporation. Plants that are hydrated are better equipped to withstand the midday sun but if they’re watered in the hot midday sun the most of the water lost through evaporation, and this can also scorch the leaves. One more benefit of early morning watering is that the leaves become dried until the night approaches, which means fewer diseases and insects. 2. Pesticide or fertilizer application Never apply the pesticide or even the foliage fertilizer during the heat of the day, which means late morning or afternoon. The best time to use the pesticides or fertilizer is in the early morning until 7 am or in the dusk. Both the time are perfect because the sun has not risen during this time frame. It’s the same phenomenon like above. The plants absorb the applied liquid fertilizer or pesticide best in an early morning. 3. Weeding
At the morning time when the soil remains moist and cool, weeding your garden becomes easy as the unwanted plants you don’t desire in your garden pulls out quickly. Also, the morning time can be very relaxing, and during a quick walk in your garden, you can remove the plants invading your space without any difficulty. 4. Cut flowers Love to have vases full of fresh and colorful cut flowers? Early morning is actually the best time for you to pick cut flowers from your garden. At this time, the stems are full of water, and they haven’t been dehydrated by the sun. If you cut your flowers in the morning, they will have a longer vase life. 5. Harvesting Whether you need to harvest a little or bountiful, the best harvesting time comes in the early morning. Just after the dew has cleared is a perfect time. This is when the fruits and vegetables have the most water content, they taste better and have more shelf life. Here’s an interesting article to read, which informs you why harvesting in the morning is preferable. 6. Fill bird baths and bird feeders
Feeding the birds is one of the most joyous experiences that you can enjoy in your garden. Birds are the original early risers, and they like to eat early. They come first to the place where they always find the food. If you fill up your bird feeders in the early morning, birds will be more encouraged to come to your garden throughout the day. You may get to see some of them frolicking in the bird bath too if you have filled it as well. 7. Planting and transplanting The best planting or transplanting time is on a cool or cloudy day, either early in the morning or the evening. This gives your transplants a time to set and acclimate well. 8. Take cuttings for propagation The best time to take cuttings for propagation is early in the morning. According to Ann on garden.org— “The plants’ natural rooting hormones are highest up on the tips of the plants in the morning, so you stand a better chance of propagation by taking your cuttings as early as you can.”
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粉团
2017-05-23
粉团
After all the fun and excitement of Christmas, the time comes when you need to dispose of your Christmas tree and here’re the 9 ideas to recycle it!
1. Create a brush pile for birds and wildlife Use your dead Christmas tree to create a brush pile, you can find twigs, leaves, and logs in your garden, the Christmas tree can be used as its base. It’ll help and redirect the small animals and birds towards during the wintry months. The dead tree will not only offer the much-needed protection from chill to the animals but also act as a source of food. 2. Create a DIY bird sanctuary
It’s a nice idea if you keep the tree at a strategic point in the garden and place some birdhouses and feeders on or in it. This way, the birds can appreciate your tree, too. You can also go a step further and decorate it, and fill bird feeders with edible seeds and hang them from the branches/boughs to attract the birds to their new home. 3. Replant it for the next Christmas If you’ve bought a living Christmas tree with the root ball intact, it’s a good idea to replant it for the next Christmas, it might be more than 11 months from now but that only gives us all the more reasons to start early. The Gardening Know How has a good article on it, take a look! 4. Edge flowerbeds and walkways Instead of using it for bonfire, slice up the trunk of your Christmas tree into thin discs and use them to edge walkways and flowerbeds. This is a not only a good way to use your Christmas tree but also beautiful and functional. 5. Keep your perennials warm
You can cut off the boughs from the Christmas tree and lay them around the root of the perennial plants, this mulching will protect them from cold temperature and also reduce the chances of frost heaving. 6. As pot risers If you have a decent size Christmas tree, you can cut the trunk into pieces of different lengths and use them as pot risers or you can get creative with it and make a rolling plant stand out of it. If you’re not satisfied with the natural looks and want to protect the wood from deterioration, varnish or paint the tree stump pieces. 7. Suppressing the weeds Instead of sawing and splitting it, you can rent a chipper and mash up the trunk into chips. During the next season, you can spread these wood chips as a mulch under your plants, this will suppress the growth of weeds. Also, remember that when decomposed, this wood chip mulch will enrich your soil. 8. Use it to stake plants
A majority of dead Christmas trees varieties are typically sturdy in nature. And you can use this to your advantage. Strip away the branches and use them to support your plants. 9. Create habitat for the fishes If you or your neighbor has a pond or if you live near a lake, give your Christmas tree a proper send off by tossing its branches in the water. But before you do this— Remove all the needles and tie something into the middle, like a cinder block, a stone or something as heavy. During the harsh winter months, the fish can find warm refuge beneath the branches. Nonetheless, make sure that the dead tree is chemical free before throwing it overboard.
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粉团
2017-05-23
粉团
Don’t wait till spring for gardening, begin with 6 things in February so that you’ll have a good start when the weather gets warm again. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones break down the country into regions based on what their average extreme low temperature can reach for the year. They range from zones 1a to 13b. The majority of the United States falls in between zone 3a, which has a low temperature of between -40 and -35 degrees (F), and zone 8a, with a low of 10 to 15 degrees. That means that most of us have some sort of off season during the winter months when most of our outdoor gardening is put on hold. By December, most annual plants have finished their cycles and been taken up, and many perennials are dormant. February, right in the middle of the winter, is the perfect time to start strategizing your garden for the upcoming spring. Depending on where you live, February falls somewhere between 6-12 weeks out from when you can start planting outside. The following ideas are some things you can be working on now to have better results from your garden when the weather gets warm. 1. Map Your Garden
Gardening is fun and rewarding whether you have a plan or not. There have been times where I planted seeds very late in the season because I forgot to earlier and still got results. I’ve planted things next to each other that you aren’t supposed to and still gotten results. To have the best turnout, however, a little planning goes a long way. An easy way to plan your garden is to map it out and divide it into square feet. Depending on the vegetable, you can plant a certain amount of seeds per square foot. The following can be used as a guide: Seedlings Per Square FootWhat to Plant1 per 2 square feetwatermelon, vining squash1tomato, basil, broccoli, cauliflower, hot peppers2cucumbers4lettuce, other leafy greens8bush beans, snap peas16beets, radishes, turnips, carrots, onions See an example map of a square foot garden plan. When mapping out your garden you should also consider companion planting. Companion planting is the practice of planting vegetables or flowers that complement each other and produce higher yields and quality when planted in closer proximity. For almost any garden vegetable, marigolds are a good companion plant because they deter pests like beetles. Plan on including marigolds in your garden layout! 2. Order Seeds
Now that you have your plan, you should have an idea of what seeds you are going to need. If you have been gardening for a while, you’ve probably signed up to receive seed catalogs from a few companies. The catalogs usually start arriving sometime around January 1st. If you’ve had a chance to look through them and have decided what you would like to plant, now is the time to place your order. You want to may sure they get to you in time if you are going to be starting seeds indoors. If you will be purchasing your seeds from a garden store, you can do that now, too. If you’ve saved seeds from last year’s crops or from organic veggies you’ve purchased at the store, that’s great! You’re one step ahead. 3. Start Seedlings Indoors
Depending on your hardiness zone, your lasts frost date (and when you can start planting outside) falls somewhere between April 1-May 15. If you live in a more northern zone with an early first frost date like September or October 1st, that window doesn’t give your plants a whole lot of time to flourish if you are starting from seed. Many seedlings will fare better and will have more time to produce a full crop if started indoors first. February is the perfect time to start seedlings indoors so they will be strong enough to harden off and plant outside once its warm enough. To start seedlings inside, you’ll just need a seedling tray or small containers with drainage holes, sterile seed starter mix, some plastic wrap, and a sunny window. Plant your seeds 1-2 per cell or container in the moistened mix. Cover with plastic wrap. Check each day that the medium is moist. Once seedlings emerge, you can remove the plastic wrap. Provided they get enough water and strong sunlight, your seedlings should be strong enough within the next 2-3 months to go outside. (Make sure to harden them off first). 4. Start Composting
Composting is a garden project you can start in winter or any time of year. Having your own compost bin will save you money in the long run—its cheaper than expensive fertilizer from garden stores, and it uses waste you’d otherwise be filling your garbage bags with. There are a lot of options for compost systems to try, depending on if you’re doing it inside or outside, if you want to use worms or not, etc. For a worm bin compost or a no-turn (i.e. low maintenance) outdoor compost, the turnaround process is 3 months or more, so if you start now it will be ready during the early part of the growing season to start using in your garden. The decomposition process is slower in winter with the cooler temperatures, but there are a few things you can do to speed up the process if you start late and are going to want to start using your compost sooner. 5. Build a Hoop House
If you are especially anxious to get some plants in the ground outside, you can consider building a hoop house. A hoop house is a series of parallel hoops arching over your garden, covered in a heat retaining greenhouse material. This dome acts as a mini greenhouse to protect your plants from frost. It can extend your growing season by as many as 8 weeks in spring and fall. By the middle of February, you should be able to plant cold hardy plants (think arugula, onions, broccoli) in your hoop house. You can try plants less forgiving of frost if you add an extra layer of material inside the dome. You can try making a hoop house yourself, or they can also be purchased at your local garden store. 6. Plant Fall Bulbs, If You Forgot Earlier
Oh no, you forgot to plant your tulip and daffodil bulbs before Thanksgiving! Plant them now anyway. Fall bulbs need a period of cold to bloom once the weather gets warm. Ideally, they should be planted between September and December, but many will still bloom just fine if planted later, as long as they have some time on the ground in the cold. Bulbs are different from seeds—they won’t make it until next year, so you might as well try to plant them now while they still have a chance at success. If you have spring bulbs like gladiolus, don’t plant those now! They will need to wait until the soil is warmer and there is no chance of frost, as they do not work the same way as for fall bulbs and won’t survive winter temperatures. For devoted gardeners, winter can be a dull time. Its natural to be antsy when there’s not much you can do for your garden. Even though I know you’ll be happier once last frost hits and you can get outside digging in the dirt, at least you can chase off the winter blues for now with some of these things on your garden to-do list. After getting started planning and planting your seedlings, the last frost will be here before you know it. Happy gardening!
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粉团
2017-05-23
粉团
If you’re looking for an easy and most amazing way to transform your garden then use garden Pebbles!
Are you looking for a quick option to transform your garden and make it beautiful and attractive for visitors? If yes, then garden pebbles are the best options that you can opt for. One of the most important things about these is that regardless of what you do, your garden will always look remarkably beautiful and pleasant. In the market, you can find varied, affordable and colorful garden pebbles. And there are many eye-catching and creative ways out there to use them. The best part is that these are very easy to maintain. For taking it to a whole new level and to increase the appeal of your garden and landscaping, you can opt for river rocks. Why You Should Use Garden Pebbles
These are pleasant to look at and add a wide range of natural colors to the garden, thus, making your garden look more natural. It helps to maintain the original look and enhances the beauty of your garden. Some of the more notable benefits are: These pebbles or stones are durable and can withstand almost any level of natural temperature. They are also effective for areas around the stove or fireplace as these are natural stones and resistant to most natural elements.You can also use them for mulching and if you have a container garden pebbles can make your container plants look better.The surfaces of the garden pebbles are flush and these are very safe to walk on. These stones offer more traction and as a result, slipping is out of the question with these stones in place.These stones can be used on dry surfaces such as on a plain landscape and also wet surfaces like a garden floor, swimming pool and portions of your deck.Useful Advice on Grouting Pebbles
When you prepare the grout for placing the garden pebbles make sure that you avoid putting too much of water because adding a lot of water can result in a weak grout that can flake in later stages.In order to appreciate the beauty of these naturally attractive stones, you need to remove the excess grout with the help of a wet sponge. This is important because in order to make the setting beautiful you want to show as much stone as possible.In order to maintain the beauty of these natural stones, you need to make sure to apply sealant every 2-3 years so that the beauty can be prolonged. Installing or using garden pebbles in your property all by yourself is a fun and creative activity. However, you need to make sure that you follow a proper procedure that will help to get everything done in the right way. If you are not good with working on grout and don’t have many creative ideas then it is best to call the professionals to help you in this regard. Get Affordable Rates
There are a lot of things that you can buy to get your garden pebbles installed and there are many sellers available in the market. However, you need to make sure that you only buy from affordable sellers and get the best deals in this regard. Since there are multitudes of sellers in the market there is a lot of competition; and as a result, you can get attractive garden pebbles at the most affordable rates. So, make sure that you compare all your options and then decide on the one that is most suitable for your needs. Get the help of the internet to understand the various possibilities that you have with these stones.
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粉团
2017-05-23
粉团
Aluminum foil has so many uses in the kitchen and home but do you know it is also useful in the garden? Check out the 7 best Aluminum Foil Uses in the garden!1. Make a Sun Box to Incubate Seedlings
One of the most interesting aluminum foil uses in gardening is making a convenient sun box that helps reflect sunlight and encourage the effective growth of seedlings by providing warmth and more sun reflection. Find a cardboard box or a shoebox and line all of its sides from inside with aluminum foil. It should extend two inches beyond the top and sides. Use tape or glue, if needed to ensure the foil stays in place. Now, poke small holes for drainage along the bottom side of the box and put your seed pots in it. 2. Scare Birds
Birds are naturally terrified of shiny, noisy things, so if you are afraid of getting your fruits of labor ransacked by the seasonal parakeets, just tie a few strips of aluminum foil from the branches of the tree, and if possible, do stick a pair of scary eyes on the strips for guaranteed success (for fun too). 3. Confuse Squash Vine Borers Vine borers have a tendency to lay eggs on certain parts of the plant that are maximally vulnerable, such as leaf undersides, stems, and base of the flowers. It is possible to prevent colonization of female vine borers by wrapping wide collar of aluminum foil at the plant’s base or lower stems early in the season. This will confuse the vine borers and they will lay eggs on aluminum foil. If you want to learn more ideas to get rid of vine borers, visit University of Maryland’s website! 4. Keep Slugs & Pests Away
To keep small insects like slugs and bugs at bay, use foil for mulching. Simply lay sheets of new or used aluminum foil around the base of your plants. To keep it from blowing in the wind, hold the corners down with some dirt or small stones. Alternatively, you can mix mulch with foil strips in a wheelbarrow and then scatter the mulch evenly around your plants. According to Florida State Horticultural Society, this conserves moisture in the soil, reduce soil temperature and prevent weed growth too. And of course, the reflective mulch also repels pests and insects. 5. Protect Trees from Rodents in Winter Voles, mice, and rabbits cause extreme destruction to trees and shrubs. These pests cause subsurface damage that poses a threat to the health of the plant and also reduces their potential for future growth. In order to safeguard your trees in winter, use aluminum foil. Actually, the feel of aluminum foil scares the rodents away and prevent them from sliding through it. You can also use it at home, see here! Measure the base of the tree trunk, and tear adequate sizes of foil sheets. Take two layers of foil and wrap them around the trunk for protection. Press the foil against the trunk so that it adheres well. It is advisable to go layer by layer- first work your way upward with one sheet of tinfoil, and then go on to add the next layer, starting from the base of the tree. 6. Resist Deer Protecting your garden with a fence is not enough sometimes; their long svelte legs give them enough momentum to leap over fences. A thin strip of aluminum foil might just be your solution if you face this problem! Just wrap the bases of the shrubs and saplings with aluminum foil. It’s important to note that the foil must be at least 2-2.5 feet high (or your waist length) since deer are very much adept at grazing on plants shorter than their height. 7. Disposable Dispenser for Solutions
The fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are a pricey investment on the part of every gardener. Whatever be their exact use, they certainly don’t come cheap, and hence cannot be wasted. A homemade funnel can be effectively used to pour the garden solution back to its original bottle and reduce the mess in the process. This funnel can be made by using a sheet of aluminum foil, rolled up into a cone and filled with the solution. No mess, no waste, and no hassle! Visit Lifehacker to see this DIY!
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粉团
2017-05-23
粉团
This homemade pesticide recipe is CHEMICAL FREE, all natural and easy to prepare. 5 effective ingredients together and your plants will be free of pests.
We all know how harmful chemical pesticides are, for the ecosystem and our environment. And after knowing all that if you’ve thought to go organic and looking for some natural ways to get rid of garden pests, you’re on right track. Commercial pesticides are one of the most effective ways to tackle the problem of pest infestation but if you want to use homemade natural pesticides like this one, use it regularly for better results. You can apply this amazing pesticide using the sprayer on your vegetable garden and herbs suffering from common pests and really it does work. Once in a week is sufficient, however, if the invasion of insects is way too much to handle you can apply more frequently. Once the plants start to recover, use it in every 2 weeks or so to get rid of pesky pests. Things You’ll Need2 Whole Garlic Heads (Separate and peel the cloves)2 Tablespoon Turmeric powder2 Tablespoon Cayenne pepper (Or use any other hot pepper variety)2 Small Squirts of Dishwashing Liquid3 Cups of Mint Leaves (Sprigs included)12 Cups of WaterPreparationStep 1 Add garlic and mint to crush it in a food processor for a few seconds. Once done, add the water (in the quantity mentioned above) and pepper to the mixture. Step 2 Transfer the mixture into a pot or boiler to boil this solution for a few minutes. Step 3 Once boiled, remove from heat and let this sit overnight. That’s all, your natural pesticide spray is ready. Step 4 Now strain the solution and add the liquid dish soap into it. Keep the solution into a bottle or sprayer. Also Read: Plants That Attract Ladybugs In The Garden How to Use it Shake well before using it every time. Spray the solution all over the leaves of affected plants, don’t forget the undersides. The best time to use it when the day is cloudy, preferably in the evening or in the early morning.
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粉团
2017-05-23
粉团
Making your own compost is the best way to enrich your soil organically. It’s simple and easy, check out!IntroductionComposting is not difficult and is probably the best way to provide nutrients to your plants. You can start composting even in a small compost bin if you’re a container gardener. A great source of organic fertilizer for your edibles. Preparing garden compost is also simple as it only needs a few ingredients. These include nitrogen, carbon, air, and water. To get these ingredients, collect kitchen and yard waste, but remember that full decomposition is a lengthy period that may take months. Needless to say, it is a process that requires a number of steps. Eventually, the overall product is a proven and useful tool for farming. Now let us look at the steps! Look at our 4 Step Composting Guide if you’re new to Composting.Steps to Preparing Suitable Garden CompostPurchase or get a compost binCome up with a bottom layerFill your compost binInspect the compost pile in three day timeMix the contents of the garden compostCheck if the compost is ready1. Purchase Or Get A Compost Bin
Do not be afraid if you’re unable to get a compost bin. We are here to help you! You only need to buy a pre-made container from any agricultural store or supplier. Then, go on and build a box of your own by using wood. Ensure that you put the box on moisture free, bare soil. 2. Establish A Bottom Layer
Make sure the bottom layer has sufficient air flow. At the bottom of the compost bin, create small holes using a gardening fork. This is to assist in drainage and proper aeration. The next procedure is to place twigs, feeble sticks and other straw-like substances at the bottom. They should be 4-6 inches, translating to about 10 centimeters deep. 3. Fill Your Compost Bin
Add nitrogenous compounds, these are mostly greens. They include plants such as cut grass, raw peelings from vegetables, coffee grounds, diluted urine, manure, and weeds. Proceed also in adding carbon compounds, which are the mostly ‘the browns’. They include cardboards, dead leaves, cereal boxes, hedge clippings, and brown pruning. Also Read: 13 Things You Should Not Put in a Compost Pile In this stage, you will also be required to mix the fast-rotting green materials with the slow-rotting brown materials. Let us take the example of freshly cut grass. This may be combined with feeble sticks or other wood compounds. Why is this so? The main reason behind this is to prevent odors. To hasten the process of decomposition, consider adding bacteria’ such as pseudomonas. You may also use a variety of macro and micro nutrients as alternatives. Besides, chopping off large materials also increases the process of decomposition. For example, branches should be cut to small pieces, cardboards shredded and eggshells crushed. Last but not least, continue adding water as you fill in your compost heap. Also Read: Ways to Use Worm Casting 4. Inspect The Compost Heap After Three Days
You can also check your compost temperature with a compost thermometer. Here is more on it. In three days’ time, place your hand over the top of the heap to feel if it’s hot. If so, this shows the start to the decomposition process. Visit the compost heap after one week, and repeat the same procedure. If it has a cool feel, start mixing it. However, if it still feels hot, wait an extra week. 5. Mix The Contents Of The Garden Compost
Use a garden fork or a shovel to thoroughly and effectively mix up the matter inside the container. Stir and move the contents from top to bottom in a continuous manner. You may be wondering why this step involves mixing up the contents. This helps in the rate of decomposition by adding oxygen which is the final ingredient. Lastly, if the contents appear dry, it is advisable to add water before you start mixing. Repeat this process for the next four to six weeks. Also Read: 11 Best Composting Tips You Must Read Now 6. Check If The Compost Is Ready
To determine if your compost heap is ready, look for a dark brown color, which often has the smell of earth. Conclusion Garden compost is an effective and cheap way of providing organic fertilizer to your vegetables and other garden plants. The article shows you some easy steps of preparing a simple compost heap and it is our hope that it’s well to your liking. If so, share this information with other interested parties and let’s keep the conversation going! What are those challenges that you’ve faced in trying to make garden compost? Where do you go wrong?
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粉团
2017-05-22
粉团
Aspirin tablets can be used for growing healthy and productive plants, and it really WORKS. Here’re some of the best ASPIRIN uses in the garden!
1. Increases the growth and productivity of plants At the University of Rhode Island, gardeners made a solution containing 4 crushed aspirin tablets and 4 gallons of water and then sprayed the solution on their vegetable gardens every three weeks throughout the growing season. At the end of the season, they found that the treated plants grew more quickly and were more fruitful than the group that was left untreated. They concluded that aspirin leads to increased vitamin C content and greater growth in plants.The science behind this claim Aspirin contains an active ingredient known as salicylic acid. It is derived from willow bark. This acid enhances the immune system of plants (Plants prepare it naturally but in lower amounts) especially those in the nightshade family. Plants subjected to it get the boost in immunity power, which helps them in combating with pests and microbial attack and prevents the formation of fungus leading to increased growth rate of plants. Visit the New Scientist to learn more about this in detail. 2. It helps plants combating fungal diseases
Verticillium and fusarium wilt are common fungal diseases widely distributed in soil and can wipe out an entire crop in a matter of days. Fortunately, according to a recent study by the US Department of Agriculture, the use of aspirin spray can significantly reduce the spread of fungus on the plant. It is also helpful in blight. Visit the Dailymail to learn to learn how Aspirin helps tomatoes! The science behind this claim Apparently, plants produce small amounts of salicylic acid naturally especially when they are stressed. The salicylic acid creates a systematically acquired resistance protecting the plants against microbial attack, drought, and even insect attack. Since salicylic acid is the active ingredient in aspirin, when a solution of aspirin is sprayed on the plants, the amount of salicylic acid in the plants is increased which in turn boosts their immune system protecting the seedlings and plants from soil-borne diseases, bacteria, and fungi. Gardeners can spray their plants with a solution of aspirin tablet mixed in distilled water. The drug is especially effective in warding off diseases in the nightshade family which include tomatoes or potatoes. You can also soak the seeds in the aspirin solution just before sowing to improve germination. 3. Help cut plants and flowers to last longer
Are you wondering how you can keep your cut flowers looking fresh for a long time? It is possible by adding aspirin to the vase water. To achieve this, crush an aspirin tablet, dissolve it in water and add the solution to a vase. Visit Lifehacker to learn more! The science behind this claim According to Judy Jernstedt, the professor in plant and soil department at the University of California, Davis, the salicylic acid reduces the production of ethylene. With reduced ethylene present, floral wilting is delayed, and the cut plants can last longer. Also, the anti-fungal properties of salicylic acid that dissolve into the vase water slows down the growth of mold which if it enters the flower stem can clog the vascular tissue leading to the death of the flower. For longer lasting fresh flowers, be sure to change the water regularly. 4. Propagate plants from cuttings successfully Rooting hormone helps in propagating plants from cuttings and using it improves the success rate. Take a cup of distilled water and dissolve one uncoated aspirin tablet and then keep the cut end of the plant in this rooting solution for a few hours before planting. It’ll work! The science behind this claim Instead of using willow bark, which contains growth hormones, you can use aspirin to prepare your own rooting solution. It contains the same salicylic acid that is found in willows and works the same. How to Use Aspirin in the Garden You should be careful when using aspirin in the garden as too much can burn or damage the plants. Improper use may lead to the development of brown spots that makes them appear to have burnt foliage. This guide on how to properly use aspirin in the garden can help prevent any damage to the plants. The Right Dosage The right dosage of aspirin should not be more than a tablet for each liter of water. Begin by crushing the tablet and ensure it is well dissolved before spraying. *It has been observed by gardeners that aspirin dissolves well in distilled water! When spraying, do it in the morning as plants tend to absorb best at this time. Also, spraying in the morning helps to avoid harming the beneficial insects such as bees and other pollinators, which are active later and it gives the plants a chance to dry too. You should also pay attention to the response of the plants to the treatment as not all plants are suitable for aspirin treatment. Plants in the nightshade family, of course, such as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplants benefit greatly from aspirin regimen.
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粉团
2017-05-22
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Do you want to grow the best tomatoes in taste and size? And want to have a bumper harvest? Then put these things in the hole before planting your tomato plant!
The homegrown TOMATOES are so delicious, and when you pick them fresh and eat, the delightful taste you get is just unmatchable. Better than store bought fruits. The thick, juicy, plump, sweet, a bit acrid and so satiating– the tomatoes are one of the first fruits (vegetable, if you say) everyone wants to grow from the beginning of the gardening season.1. Baking Soda It works and really a good trick (especially when you’re growing tomatoes in containers) if you want sweeter tomatoes. Simply sprinkle a small amount of baking soda around the base of your tomato plants. The baking soda will be absorbed into the soil and lower the acidity levels, thus, giving you tomatoes that are more sweet than tart. 2. Fish heads
Fish heads have been used as a natural fertilizer in the garden for a long time. Their popularity with tomato planting is not a myth that needs to be busted. It works! Their decay releases nitrogen, potassium, many essential trace elements, calcium and phosphorous. The only problem with burying fish heads is that critters may dig them up. To avoid this, bury deeply, at least a foot. You can drop them into the hole whole or use groundfish scraps which you can mix with water(2 cups) and milk(1 cup) for a supercharge solution. If you want to read more on this, here’s an article in detail! 3. Aspirin Drop 2-3 aspirin tablets in the hole either whole or ground; this is to boost plant immunity, it also helps to ward off diseases like blight and increases the yield. The salicylic acid, a compound in aspirin is the reason why it works. You can also spray plants with the solution contain this drug. If you want to read more about ASPIRIN uses on tomato plants in detail, visit DailyMail UK. 4. Eggshells Eggshells boost the calcium content in the soil. And just like us, Calcium is one of the most important components that plant needs for growth. Here’s a very educative article if you like to read, it also helps to prevent blossom end rot.  Whether you’re planting tomatoes in the garden bed or containers, you can always put eggshells before planting. Also Read: Eggshell Uses in the Garden 5. Epsom Salt
Tomatoes suffer from magnesium deficiency that is why it’s a good idea to add 1 or 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt while transplanting the seedling in the bottom of the planting hole (both in containers or garden bed). Cover this with a thin layer of soil; this is to make sure that roots are not directly touching Epsom salt. Epsom salt must be used when growing tomatoes; it can do miracles. Read why you should use it here! Also Read: 13 Great Epsom Salt Uses in the Garden 6. Kelp Meal Kelp meal is rich in micro-nutrients and trace elements. It provides complete nutrient for plants, the addition of kelp gives tomatoes a turbo boosted start. Slow-release kelp fertilizer contains the tomato with sufficient nutrient over a period which prevents the plant from experiencing shock as is with the use of excess fertilizers. One cup-full of kelp meal is adequate for the plant at the time of planting. If you want to read more about kelp fertilizer, click here! 7. Bone Meal Similar to kelp meal, bone meal is also an addition to the tomato hole during planting. A handful or cup-full of bone meal is essential for a blossoming and quality fruits of the tomato plant since it provides the much-needed phosphorus nutrient which is one of the most vital components for healthy tomato growth. 8. Used coffee grounds
Add well-composted coffee grounds to the planting hole when transplanting tomato seedlings to improve soil composition and provide a source of slow-release nutrients to your plants. It is an excellent source of fertilizer and can be used even as a mulch. We have written a comprehensive guide on coffee grounds uses, take a look!
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Seriously, can you use this classic beverage in the garden? It looks like! We find out some Surprising Coca Cola Uses in the garden.
Either you hate or love it, the coca cola is one of the best-selling beverages in the world. However, it has adverse health effects, but it can be helpful in the gardening, many ways. Coca Cola for Composting You may find it unusual, but you can use Coke as an ingredient in your compost pile. The treehugger.com and Lifehacker posted about this– “Simply pour the soda over the pile. Coke’s mildly acidic nature will help break down organic matter, while its sweetness helps attract micro-organisms that aid in the composting process.” If you like the idea, you can try this at least once to see the after-effect. Killing Slugs with Coca Cola Try this trick, if you are tired of seeing slugs and snails crawling in your garden and desperately trying to get rid of them. It’s not much different than one using the beer to attract slugs. Just mark 2-3 spots in your garden where you find the slugs most and pick a low bowl. Pour some Coca Cola into the bowl overnight, and the snails and slugs will be attracted to it. The acid in the soda will kill these pests. Make a Wasp Trap If there are too many wasps and hornets visiting your garden, and you want to get rid of them, use coca cola to lure and kill them. Try this DIY wasp trap idea! For this, you’ll have to place a bowl filled with coke at an open spot somewhere in your garden. These predator insects will attract towards the sweet nectar. Similarly, you can also kill the flies! Spraying Coca Cola on Plants It has been observed and proved in experiments that spraying coca cola on plants is totally uncalled for. It has little to no benefits, albeit it can cause problems. This sugary drink contains 3.25-gram sugar per ounce, and too much sugar absorbs water much like salt and can prevent plant roots from absorbing the water, causing the dehydration. Visit eHow to read more of it!
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