Is Beer A Good Garden Fertiliser

July 14, 2017 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Beer compost fertiliser as plant food for garden plants and lawns

Using Flat Beer As A Fertiliser Plant Food Many people claim that they use beer as a fertiliser for plants in their garden. There is a different opinion among gardeners about using beer as plant food. Though there are no scientific studies to prove that beer provides the nutrients to the plants, nevertheless many people still use the stale beer to water the plants. Beer contains 90 percent of water and carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars. Yeast is used in the preparation of beer and when poured on the soil, fungus growth can cause a stench in the garden. It is necessary to use beer diluted with enough water in the garden to evenly distribute the sugars and to prevent the stench due to yeast growth. Did it ever occur to you that, by using the beer in the garden in such a way it may attract ants and other insects to the plant which will ultimately cause damage to the plant. Nutrients for Plants It is not advisable to use brand new unopened beer as fertiliser as it is a costly option. However, stale beer can thoroughly be used to water the plants as they contain some
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Global Warming Spread The Facts

June 14, 2017 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Causes and effects of global warming

Help Stop Global Warming: Are You Doing Your Little Bit To Keep Plants Looking Lively? Global warming causes and increased environmental temperature and it can affect plants and animal life. There are positive as well as negative effects but the negative effects are more. Warmer temperatures, as well as stronger winds, are caused by global warming and it is helpful in the dispersal of pollen and seeds. This will help in the better survival of the plants. However, a higher temperature can cause drought and climatic changes caused by global warming result in reduced rain and water availability to plants. Causes of Global Warming The important causes of global warming include burning of fossil fuels such as coal, petrol, diesel and large scale deforestation. The burning of fossil fuels releases a large amount of carbon dioxide which is known as a “greenhouse gas”. Accumulation of CO2 results in holding the heat radiations within earth’s atmosphere and causing “greenhouse effect” or increased atmospheric temperature. Deforestation reduces the level of oxygen released into the atmosphere by plants and this also increases the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Global warming causes the ice in the polar region to melt and the
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Benefits Of Coke In The Garden

June 9, 2017 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Using Coke In The Garden

Coke For Gardens – What Does The Use Of Coke Do For Gardens? We all know that coke is a popular fizzy drink. In the recent years, it has proven that this chemical cocktail is bad for the human body and people are finding various new uses for this drink. The new uses of the fizzy poison which contain carbonic and phosphoric acid include cleaning the toilet, removing stains from clothes, cleaning windows, spark plugs in cars, cleans dirty coins etc. Coke has various uses in the garden as well. Here is what coke does for your garden. Better Composting Of Garden Waste Adding coke to your garden compost pile can make the composting process faster. The sugar present in the drink will attract the microorganisms that will break down the organic matter in the compost pile. The acids present in the drink will assist in breaking down and boost the process of composting. Adding this compost to your lawn or flowerbed will make them grow healthy and produce more blooms. Reducing Soil pH The acid loving plants in your garden can be benefitted by the use of coke. Pouring coke around the plants will help to reduce the pH
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Bindi Weed Natural Control

June 1, 2017 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Bindi weed identification photo

Know About Bindi Weed – How And When To Control Bindis Naturally Bindi Weed or Solivasessilis or Bindi Eye is a weedy plant seen in lawns with carrot top like leaves. This is a low–growing weed and it produces a single flower which matures to prickly seed pod that shows three spines. This weed is such a nuisance especially when the dried Bindi seed will splinter or puncture more than one tiny hole at once into the tube of a pram or bike tires or gets attached to our feet, soft soled shoes or clothes and even pet hair. The seed heads and flowers of this weed usually are very low and grow flat along side the soil. Because the Bindi is so short it cannot be mowed down using the lawn mower. This plant is native to South America but has now established in many other parts of the world including Australia. Once the plant produces flowers and seeds it is difficult to control their spread. The presence of Bindi on your lawn indicates the need for better lawn care. What makes Bindi grow in your lawn? If your lawn has compact soil and the soil not properly aerated
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How To Get Rid Of Moss In Lawns

May 3, 2017 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Moss growing in lawns

Why Do We Have Moss In Lawns And How To Get Rid Of Them? Mosses are small nonvascular plants which grow as dense green coloured clumps in the damp or shady areas. The plant has tiny green leaves which absorb water and nutrients and thread like stem. These plants are easy to spot. They can appear as green mats on rocks, wood, bare soil or on any surface with moist and shady conditions. Moss is seen more so in the winter months. If Moss starts to appear in your lawn, it is an indication of poor growing conditions for the grass in the lawn. The common Causes The common causes of the appearance of Moss in lawn includes Lack of proper nutrients in the soil. Inadequate site preparation. Low level of soil pH. Shady conditions. Poor water drainage. Excessive watering. Poor lawn maintenance. Close mowing of lawn. Overuse of walkways and play areas, resulting in worn areas. Compacted soil. Acidic soil conditions. It is necessary to understand the cause and take care of the causes in order to control or prevent the growth of Moss in the lawn. Proper lawn maintenance is necessary to maintain the health of the lawn.
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Types Of Organic Fertilisers Nutrient Value

October 21, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Most common organic manures for organic gardening are from cows horses pigs and chooks

What Is Organic Fertilisers And What’s In Them? Organic fertilisers are produced from naturally occurring plant and animal substances. Different organic fertilisers help to add different nutrients required by the plants or crops in to the soil. Depending on the type of plants and depending on the type of soil you may need different fertilisers. Most of the manure derived from animal faeces and decomposed plants are good organic fertilisers. These fertilisers condition the soil, provide nutrients and improve water retention. Types of manures There are three main types of organic fertilisers or manures Green manure- Fresh plants like peas, grasses, mucuna, calapagonium, etc., are added to the soil by ploughing. Leguminous plants are often used for this purpose as the root nodules of the plants contain nitrogen fixing bacteria. Seaweeds and spent grain from brewing industry are also used as green manure. Farmyard manure – This manure mainly consists of faeces of cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, poultry, etc. Farm yard manure also contains the urine of farm animals and plant parts used as food and bedding for the animals. Before applying dung as manure it is necessary to allow the dung to undergo decomposition for a certain period. Applying
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Praying Mantis Pest Control

September 30, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

How to attract a praying mantis to your garden

Praying Mantis Information and Pest Control Insects in the Garden Praying mantises are one of the common creatures found in any garden. They are carnivorous creatures and feeds on insects, insect eggs, mites, caterpillars, beetles, aphids. They do not eat plants. So, praying mantises are beneficial to certain extent to the gardeners. When at rest, praying mantis keeps its front legs in folded praying position and this is how the praying mantis gets its name. They measure about 2-4 inches and are usually green or brown in colour. It has a triangular head, neck and a long thorax. They can easily camouflage by attaching them to green plants, bark or wood. Mantis can lay hundreds of eggs at a time in the egg case. It can turn its head in 180 degrees. Praying mantis waits for their prey and when the prey reaches near, it snaps the prey at lightning speed using front legs. Using Praying Mantis for Pest Control The appetite of praying mantis for the insects makes it a good biological control for harmful insects in your garden. They do not cause any harm to your garden plants or flowers and buds and a safe way to control
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What Are Green Lacewings

September 29, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

single lacewing eggs

Green Lacewing  How To Control Pests With Beneficial Insects Naturally Chrysoperla rufilabris or green lacewing is a beneficial insect widely used by gardeners to control the various insect pests in their garden. The body of the insect is light green in colour and eyes are golden in colour. The two pairs of wings of the insect are translucent that display some iridescence. Though the adult insects feed on sweet nectar and pollen of flowers mainly, the larvae of the insect feeds on soft-bodied insects and its eggs. These larvae are called aphid lions and consume about 200 aphids within a period of one week. The larvae look like miniature alligators and have flat bodies with pointed tail and six legs. They are very effective in controlling pests like spider mites, aphids, thrips, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, white fly as well as scale insects. Green Lacewing Life Cycle The adult lacewing lays about 200 eggs on the foliage and the eggs are attached to the underside of leaves through a slender egg stalk. After hatching, the larvae move to the leaves through the stalk. The larvae have large sucking jaws to attack insects like aphids. After a period of voracious feeding on
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How to Sterilise Soil

September 21, 2016 in Organic Gardening, Uncategorized by Christine

soil sterilisation using steam-kitchen oven microwave solarisation

Sterilising Soil Before Planting Seeds and Plants in the Garden Soil is the most prominently used growing medium by home gardeners. The success in gardening to a great extend will depend on the type of soil used. Soil containing weed seeds and pathogenic organisms like fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes and mycoplasmas can affect the germination of seeds and growth of the saplings. That being so, sterilising soil for the garden or potting soil is necessary before planting to make sure that the plants will have a healthy growth. Though sterile potting mixes are easily available from garden stores, you can save money by knowing “how to sterilise soil” and practicing it. Soil Sterilisation Methods There are different methods in practice to sterilise soil at home. This includes:      1. Steam Sterilisation  You can steam the potting soil either using a pressure cooker or without using it. If you are opting for pressure cooker method, you need to have several inches of water inside the cooker, and you should place the pans with soil not more than 4 inches over the rack placed inside the cooker. Make sure that you cover the pans with foil. You can place the lid
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Neem Oil Recipe Make Your Own

June 29, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Neem Oil Pestiside for Garden and House Plants

Neem Oil Foliar Spray – What is Neem Oil? Neem is very popular medicinal tree in India, especially in South India. The oil that is made out of pressing the seeds and the fruits of the neem plant is called the neem oil. It is used as a natural insect repellant as well as for several other medicinal uses. The oil comes in golden yellow, dark brown, reddish brown or yellowish brown colour and has a very strong odour. It is very bitter in taste as it mainly contains triglycerides that have plenty of triterpenoid properties. The most common methods of getting neem oil are: cold pressing and solvent extraction. How Does Neem Oil Kill Pests in the Garden? It is always a big challenge to find nontoxic, safe and natural pesticides for the plants in your garden. One of the most popular oils that you can use to control the pests in your garden is neem oil. It can be extracted from many parts of the neem tree, but the oil extracted from the seeds of the neem tree is the most effective. It has anti-fungal and pesticide properties and helps in greatly reducing the threat of pests on
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