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Organic Fertilizer Is The Only Way To Go!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Nature didn’t give us chemicals to nurture our lawns and gardens. Nature gave us some excellent stuff to keep our vegetation healthy and organic fertilizer has forever outdone itself. Fish emulsion, in particular, has been used by our ancestors for centuries. Someone somewhere had some bright idea that chemicals were the ticket to green lawns and red tomatoes, but they obviously didn’t think the idea through to the finish. Well, this is the finish and organic fertilizer a brighter idea.

The best fish by-product to use for an organic fertilizer comes from the Menhaden fish. Menhaden meaning “that which manures”. Such a great name since manure is an excellent fertilizer too. The Menhaden fish is an organic and renewable source, serving North America for centuries as an extraordinary organic fertilizer. For centuries our ancestors used the Menhaden fish to make crops grow incredible yields?way before synthetic fertilizer was a twinkle in anyone’s eye.

Fish emulsion’s prime advantage is that it provides the user instant gratification. Though other organic fertilizers are good for your lawn and garden, they are usually slow acting. Not fish emulsion. Your plants benefit immediately upon application instead of waiting for other organic fertilizers to decompose. Since fish emulsion degrades so quickly, it should be stored at room temperature so it doesn’t work its magic before its time.

Organic Garden Fertilizer ” How to Worm Compost

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Worm excretion, also known as Vermiculture, is an excellent way to fertilize your garden organically. Listed below is a step by step guide to get you started on creating your own worm compost fertilizer.

Get a Container

For best results, acquire a container that is eight to twelve inches deep. In addition, wood is an excellent material for your worm compost as it absorbs moisture and insulates the worms. There are some who prefer a rectangular shaped plastic container; however these tend to make the compost soggy.

Have Plenty of Holes in the Bottom

It is important to drill holes at least two inches apart all across the bottom of your container. If you are using a plastic container, it will need several addition holes. Once your holes are drilled, place the container on bricks to lift it off the ground. This will allow air flow to circulate under and through the container. It is also very important to keep a tray underneath your container in order to catch any excess moisture. This excess liquid can be used as liquid fertilizer. If you notice your compost seems extra soggy, simply add more holes to the bottom.

The Beginning Of Gardening Seasons

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Except for the extreme North, the gardening season begins about the first of April in all parts 0f the area. First thing on the agenda is the annual spring clean up.

This consists principally of the removal of the debris that accumulated in the yard and on the lawn during the winter, the uncovering of garden beds and the removal of coverings from evergreens, recently planted trees, clematis vines, roses and other plants that require special winter protection.

Usually the home lawn gets the first attention and there is little need to encourage this activity early in the season. However, in many quarters there seems to be considerable reluctance to remove the leaves or other coverings from garden beds until later in April when frosty weather is less likely to occur.

As a rule, winter protective coverings are kept in place too late and as a consequence, plants may be injured unnecessarily. This is particularly true of roses. Mildew, molds and diseases get established on the canes when coverings are left on too long. Plants are much better off if exposed to the weather early in April. Roses are never injured by low temperatures that may re-occur for a brief time during this month. They develop better when exposed to the sun and air early in the season. It is important to remove winter mulch early so that the earth that was hilled over the base for special winter protection will thaw rapidly, permitting removal as soon as possible.

May – Prime Time for Lawn Weeds

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

May is the month when garden pests in the east start to raise their ugly heads. A lot of them are easily seen but the two that do the most damage around my place unless I constantly combat them are slugs (these are snails without shells and sowbugs. or pill bugs as some people call them.

Although liberal spraying or dusting with chemical controls will keep sowbugs in check, they are not very efficient against slugs. Here you either have to use one of the prepared baits containing metaldehyde. I try to apply it about every two weeks during the spring, particularly in shaded areas where there is a heavy mulch or around those plants that I find most likely to be damaged.

Slugs love plaintain lilies. I also now have a superior strain of slugs that developed a tremendous appetite for the tough evergreen leaves of my Lenten roses. Ants are easy to control now by dusting or spraying the surface of the ground with chlordane.

Orchids: It is all in the Details

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Orchids are very popular plants in Indonesia and easy to find in every island, you do not have to go to the jungle to see them. That is one of the reasons why Indonesia chose Phalaenopsis amabilis as one of our national flowers. Orchids are notoriously lavish blooms that can add glitz and glamour to your walk down the aisle. Simply gorgeous wedding flowers. Orchids dislike sudden change in temperature, however a difference of 10 C – 20 C between day and night temperature is beneficial. The best suitable range is 18 C to 30 C, proper ventilation is must to provide fresh air and also helps in reducing the temperature.

Orchids are a flowering plant that can grow on every continent in the world, except Antarctica. In addition to their large growing area, orchid flowers are part of a family that contains more species than any other family of plants. Orchids are typically found in humid habitats and providing your house plants with a humid environment is therefore recommended if you want to carry out supreme orchid care. The recommended daytime humidity for orchids is 50-70 percent. Orchids have been the symbol of love, luxury, and beauty for centuries. The Greeks looked at the orchids as a symbol of virility.

Northern Garden Checklist For The Month Of March

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

What does the home gardener in the North do during March? Very little can be done outdoors other than to uncover the beds where the spring flowering bulbs are growing. that is, remove the protective winter mulches. Usually, this can and must be done by the middle of March, unless spring is very late.

Tulips, narcissus and the other bulbs often start sprouting early and they become badly crippled as they grow, twist and turn their way through the layer of leaves, hay or straw that was placed over them for winter protection. Many gardeners do not realize that they are starting to grow, also they are concerned about freezing temperatures and their effect upon exposed, sprouting bulbs.

Bulbs that sprout in spring are not injured by low temperatures but they will be damaged if they are not uncovered. Bulbs located in sun-trap positions such as the south and east sides of buildings, walls, fences, hedges or other protected places start growing much earlier than those in other places. Consequently, the gardener should be alert to this fact and be sure that they are not hindered in their growth. just a week’s delay in uncovering could be disastrous. Bulbous plants do not recover completely after they have grown weak, wan and distorted under leaves or hay.

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