Synthetic insecticides are efficient in killing insects but they come with a lot of side effects. They contaminate your breathing space and pollute the environment. They can be dangerous to pet animals and also decrease the quality of soil.
Maintaining your garden with organic insecticides, you don’t encounter all those problems. But what do we mean by organic insecticides, let’s find out!
Vegetable Oil Spray
This homemade oil spray is an effective insecticide that can help you get rid of thrips, aphids, and mites from your garden. Oil spray insecticides suffocate pests by coating their surfaces, and stopping them from breathing.
Mix 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of soap and shake it well. Add 2 teaspoons of this mixture with one liter of water in your spray pump or bottle. Spray directly onto the plants affected by the insects.
Neem Oil Spray
Neem seed extract is an effective natural insecticide that comes with a number of other benefits. There are several...more
Light is an important contributor in the growth of plants. Outdoor plants mostly use natural sources of light to fulfill their needs. To provide indoor plants with sufficient amount of light, different artificial lights can be used.
Following are some of the artificial light sources that can be used for indoor vegetation.
Fluorescent lights are suitable for plants that have a very low requirement of light. It is one of the most economical options for plant lighting and can do the job on a budget. Since they don’t emit large amount of heat, they can also be put close to plant foliage.
Fluorescent lights come in tubes and bulbs, and emit blue light which is good for the foliage growth. If you are growing leafy vegetable indoor, then this is the lighting fixture for you.
The problem with traditional fluorescent lamps is they don’t provide a full spectrum of wavelengths. Therefore for indoor lighting, they should be accompanied by other types of artificial lights. Fluorescent lights are now available in compact casing...more
Many people who want to adopt the practices of organic farming and gardening find it difficult because of the unavailability of organic fertilizers. Products that are used as organic fertilizers are not usually available with that labeling. To make sure that you stick to organic gardening, we are providing you with a list of organic fertilizers that can be easily available in the market or can be made at home.
Epsom salt can be found easily on the shelves of your neighborhood supply store. This organic fertilizer, chemically known as hydrated magnesium sulfate, is considered good for plant’s growth and health due to its two ingredients i.e. magnesium and sulfur.
Photosynthesis is an integral process through which plants produces nutrients essential for their growth. Magnesium plays a key role during this process by speeding up different enzymatic processes to facilitate nutrient production. Magnesium also helps plant seeds to germinate. Good germination means seeds will grow into plants at a faster...more
People who are interested in developing an indoor garden must surely know about hydroponics. If you don’t yet, you’re in luck because we have you covered.
Hydroponics is still a subject that hasn’t been discussed much. So we are going to take this opportunity to introduce the world of hydroponics for all of you who want to go green in their indoor spaces.
Let’s start with the definition of hydroponics.
Hydroponics: Growing Plants Without Soil
The most basic definition of hydroponics is in the heading above. But if we stretch this definition a bit further, hydroponics can be defined as the process in which plants are grown in hydro-culture with assistance of mineral nutrients. Hydroponics can also be used to grow terrestrial plants. The roots of terrestrial plants, instead of being buried in the soil, are placed in a nutrient solution or in any inert medium such as glassy globules of perlite or an aggregation of rock fragments.
With that in mind, we can easily deduce that plants don’t actually have to be planted in the ground if you...more
Studies have proven that excessive use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers on edible plants can have adverse effects on human health. Unfortunately, grocery markets are crammed with all these vegetables grown with too much inorganic assistance.
Eating 100% organic implies consuming organic foods (fruits and vegetables) that are grown through completely organic means. Following are some of the plant families that can have optimal growth in organic conditions.
This useful family of plants includes onion, chives and garlic. These alliums are used in almost all food cultures around the world and can be grown organically. These are hardy plants and can thrive with just a little bit of care.
Alliums need moderate levels of nutrients to grow, something which is easily manageable. They are sown in early spring in cold regions and at the end of fall warmer climates.
This plant family includes beetroots, chards and spinach. Moderate temperatures of spring and fall are best for their...more
Generally experts classify hydroponic plant growth system into six categories.
- Wick System
- Ebb and Flow / Flood and Drain
- Deep Water Culture (DWC)
- Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)
- Drip Systems
In this article, we will discuss four systems out of these that can easily be set up in homes and gardens.
Wick system is the most basic and probably the oldest hydroponic technique that has been used for centuries. This technique works passively and doesn’t require any water or air pumps. The mixture of mineral nutrients and water is transported to the roots through wicks. The wick can be easily made by a piece of felt or rope.
A growing medium that can facilitate the movement of water and nutrients to the plant roots can ensure a successful wick hydroponic system. Vermiculite and coconut coir are good choices for this.
The wick hydroponic system is great for beginners. However, it is not perfect and there are some limitations which should be...more
Maintenance of your garden can be an arduous task especially if plants are constantly getting affected by different diseases and viruses. In this article, we will try to shed some light as to how you can make your garden disease-free with a convenient maintenance routine.
Sometimes Composites can Become Dangerous
We all have heard about the benefits of compost piles, but few people know that if all the plant debris is not fully decomposed within the compost pile, then instead of assisting the growth, it can infect it.
In the process of decomposition, high temperatures are produced which kills off all those pathogens present in the infected plants debris of compost. Therefore, it is better to wait for your compost to fully decompose before using it and avoid any adverse effects.
Inspect New Plants before Bringing Them Into Your Garden
Diseases can also make their way to your garden through new plants. Therefore always buy new plants after proper inspection. Even though it is difficult to tell if a plant is diseased or...more
Due to its unconventional nature, many people are curious to know which plants can be grown through hydroponics. If you are using the right type of hydroponic setup with perfect nutrient balance, then there is no real limitation to what you can grow hydroponically.
However there are certain factors that come into play when deciding which plants should be facilitated by the soil less farming system.
Type of Hydroponic System
As discussed in the previous article, there are six different hydroponic systems, varying on the basis of the nutrient solution delivery and growing medium. Growth of different plants is heavily dependent on the type of hydroponic system in use.
For instance, nutrient film technique setup uses less or no growing medium. This hydroponic system is suitable for growing plants with rapid growth rates and those that have shallow roots.
On the other hand, wick or ebb and flow systems utilize growing medium. Therefore, they can support heavy plants with deep roots.
Availability of Space
Space is also an...more
Watering different botanical species in your garden is an important factor for having healthy blossoming natural space. If you are going to begin your gardening journey then following information can provide you with a lot of help.
Watering Tips for Your Garden
Following are some of the tips that can come in handy when you are watering your garden.
v People are always confused when watering their plants. They sometimes overdo it with large quantities of water too frequently, and sometimes with too less water and that too infrequently. According to professional gardeners, the best practice is to water your garden less often but with more amount of water.
v To make sure that you are using water efficiently, water your garden at time of the day when temperatures are lower. Watering your plants early in the morning or late in the evening will allow less water to evaporate from the soil.
v Many people while watering their plants have the habit of sprinkling leaves with water. This might look good and refreshing for a moment but this...more
Many people are interested in organic gardening. But they are not sure how to make it work. To motivate them to take up this natural and healthy habit, we are discussing some of the tangible and intangible benefits of organic gardening in this article.
Organic farming can bring several tangible or extrinsic rewards in the form of its products and byproducts.
Enhanced Natural Taste
Grocery stores mostly keep fruits and vegetables that are grown inorganically. All these foods are good in their appearance but hardly taste anything like the fruits and vegetables grown organically. Organic plants and vegetables are very rich in their taste because they are non-GMO and are grown in organic environments.
Organic Farming Ensures Health
Since organic gardening is done without any help of toxic chemicals (fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides), this mean there are no chances that the grown plants will have any toxic residues.
Organic botanical products are also known to have more...more