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  • perfect imperfections: galls and leaf mines, with charley eiseman
    01 October 2022

    SINCE I TOOK a walk with today’s guest about 10 years ago, I’ve adopted a whole different way of looking at what I might have..

    The post perfect imperfections: galls and leaf mines, with charley eiseman appeared first on A Way To Garden.

  • Grow Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)
    01 October 2022

    Last Updated on October 1, 2022 by Real Men Sow

    Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) is a perennial herbaceous plant that has been around since the beginning of time. It is one of the oldest herbs used for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a Mediterranean plant, but it can be found all over the globe due to its adaptability.

    How To Use Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) In The Garden

    Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)can be grown indoors to make it year-round in the kitchen. Peppermint spreads quickly so it is important to plant outdoors before you do. Keep your peppermint in containers or in the ground with underground plastic barriers to stop them from spreading. You can plant peppermint outside in a variety of ways, including in a pot, large pot or raised bed.

    When peppermint flowers, it can be very beautiful. It is best not to use it as a border for flowers, vegetables or fruits. It can quickly spread and take over garden plants that have been carefully placed. Peppermint can quickly take over your garden beds if you don’t keep an eye on it. Some people use peppermint ground cover because of this fact. It can even be mowed!

    Growing Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)

    To start growing Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) plants, you don’t need much. You will need a large container, well-drained soil, and time to water it. You can plant them in full sun or partial shade. However, peppermint plants grown in darker areas have a lower flavour.

    Growing From Seeds

    You can either grow Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) yourself from seeds or buy a young plant at your local nursery. Gardeners can plant the seeds easily by simply pressing them into prepared soil that has been amended with compost and is already moistened. The seeds won’t be buried. The best results will be achieved if the soil is only partially covered. Keep the soil warm and moist while you wait for sprouts to appear. Within a few weeks, you’ll start to see the green peppermint heads begin to sprout up.

    Propagation

    Some gardeners prefer to propagate the plant, rather than using pre-grown Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) or seeds. Stem cuttings are the most popular method. Start by cutting a 4 to 6-inch length of the stem. Next, take the lower half of the stem and remove all peppermint leaves. Finally, pour the water into the glass. Keep the water in a sunny area and change it every other day. After two weeks, your peppermint cutting will begin to develop its root system.

    How To Care For Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)

    Once Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) has been planted outdoors or indoors, it is easy to maintain. They prefer to be in partial shade that receives more than five hours of sunshine per day. They are a great choice for beginners because they can survive in any amount of sunlight as long as the soil is moist. Peppermint plants require a lot of water. 

    It is okay to let the soil’s top inch dry between waterings, but not more. Make sure that water doesn’t pool at the bottom of your peppermint pot. This could lead to soggy roots, which can quickly kill the plant. To allow water to escape, peppermint should be planted in a container that has a hole for drainage.

    Repotting Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)

    Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) is most often grown in a container. The plant’s ability to spread quickly and need to be repotted is why it needs so much attention. The process is quite simple, which is a good thing. First, choose the right place for your peppermint to live. Some people choose to divide peppermint plants when they grow too big for their container. Overgrown plants will benefit from this because it keeps them healthier.

    Start by gently removing the entire plant from its container. To expose the roots, gently remove any soil. The Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) plant will split naturally as you do this. You can also carefully slice it with sterile scissors. Both pieces should have healthy growth underneath them. Place the two pieces in separate pots filled with good-draining soil. You now have two potted peppermint plants.

    The post Grow Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) appeared first on Real Men Sow.

  • Pot Marigold (Calendula) – How to Grow
    01 October 2022

    Last Updated on October 1, 2022 by Real Men Sow

    Pot marigold (Calendula) usually look like bright, cheerful and gladsome flowers that can add a touch of colour to any garden. Every single flower is about 1” in diameter and its petals are yellow. These flowers are known for their healing properties. With its distinctive daisy shape, this flower is capable of making most gardens beautiful and cheerful.

    These flowers help flavour soups and stews in older times. This is why they are commonly called pot marigolds. It has been proven that dried Pot Marigold (Calendula) petals can be substituted for saffron.

    Planting and Growing Pot Marigold (Calendula)

    This is a classic cottage garden plant that makes a happy contribution to flower borders and front gardens. You can also use this plant can be used as a colourful addition to your herb garden. The flowers are what you use in the kitchen, even though the leaves can be pungent.

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) are quick-growing, making them ideal for children and beginners to grow. Cut flowers are best for tall varieties. It does not require support or staking.

    Sowing Pot Marigold (Calendula) Seeds

    Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) was originally from the Mediterranean but its tough nature has enabled it to settle in the temperate regions. It can also tolerate some shade and most soil types. It thrives in sunnier areas, particularly if the soil is well-drained. Then, you’ll get hundreds of flowers if you plant them there.

    Autumn Sowing

    Planting them in autumn gives the plants a head start and will result in flowers that appear much sooner. Pot Marigold (Calendula) seeds germinate best at between 15-25°C (59-77°F). If it is cooler or hotter than this, you may not see many seedlings emerge.

    Sow in autumn six to eight weeks prior to the first frost. Use a tray or modules containing one-part perlite (or grit) and three-parts multi-purpose compost. You can top dress the seeds with horticultural grit, water it in and store the undercover in a sunny place. Seeds should be planted 1.25cm (1 1/2″) deep.

    After sowing, you’ll start to see the leaves emerge between 6 and 15 days later. The plants can be protected from the cold and slugs and will survive the winter. You can then plant them outside once the last frost has passed. You will want to plant individual plants if you have them in a tray.

    Spring Sowing

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) seeds can also be sown in spring modules. If you are starting them indoors or in a heated greenhouse, follow the same steps as above. Sow six to eight weeks before the last frost date. However, if your greenhouse is not heated, sow the plants after the last frost date.

    Where to Grow Pot Marigold (Calendula) Flowers

    It is ideal for borders and edging in mixed flower gardens. This product is suitable for city, courtyard and town gardens. This is a great choice for wildlife, cottage and informal gardens. To encourage beneficial insects, they can be grown in the garden. However, they can thrive anywhere you plant them, and will often self-seed themselves, providing you with years of vibrantly coloured blooms.

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) Care Guide Pruning

    If you want more bushy growth, then pinch the terminal shoots. To prolong the flowering period, deadhead plants regularly. They will also stop self-seeding by not producing hundreds of seedlings. 

    Pests and Diseases

    Aphids and caterpillars can cause severe damage to your leaves. Additionally, in damp conditions, powdery mildew or rust can cause leaf damage.

    Companion Planting

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) is often used in the garden as a companion plant for vegetables that require pollination. These vibrant flowers attract butterflies that will fly over to pollinate cucumbers, zucchinis, and pumpkins. You can also grow Pot Marigold (Calendula) as a companion plant for many edible plants, including:

    • Asparagus – repels the asparagus beetle
    • Pumpkins and squash – attract bees to their flowers
    • They draw aphids away for cabbages, kale, and lettuces 

    Pot Marigolds (Calendula) downside is their dense growth making it a great place for snails and slugs to hide. Therefore, you shouldn’t plant them next to any other plants you don’t want to lose.

    Propagating Pot Marigold (Calendula)

    Propagate from seed that has been sown in situ, either during spring or fall (March-May to September-October). Young plants should also be spaced 12in (30cm) apart. To extend the flowering season, you can sow succession seeds up to early summer.

    The post Pot Marigold (Calendula) – How to Grow appeared first on Real Men Sow.

  • Healthy Living on a Budget – Top Tips
    01 October 2022

    We all want to live a healthy lifestyle, but it is often associated with higher costs. Think expensive gym memberships, expensive workout wear and equipment, or the costs of fresh produce over cheaper ready meals. Yet, healthy living on a budget is possible – in fact it can be easy! Here are some tips on ways to live a healthy lifestyle while reducing the costs. Let’s get back on track to a new you, starting today.

    1. Forget the Gym – Start Working Out at Home

    Working out and getting exercise into your life brings massive benefits to your physical and mental well-being. It works in every part of your body, not just your heart and muscles. Exercise also reduces risks of cancer, lowers cholesterol levels, blood pressure and aids digestion, to name but a few.

    Though gyms can be a great way to work out, they come at a cost with ever increasing memberships and the travel costs to getting there too. The home workout option can achieve amazing results with little to no costs. Plus you are in, the comfort of your home! All you need is to use your body weight, or a few pieces of smaller equipment.

    Exercise equipment for the home

    Using your body weight, or adding versatile equipment like dumbbells or resistance bands, can accomplish a vast array of exercises to target every part of your body. The benefits of resistance training is well documented, but if you are on a budget, it is even better. It saves money as you don’t need to purchase bulky, expensive exercise equipment that clutters up your home and ends up gathering dust.

    During lockdown, when gyms were shut, many people started working out at home. Many chose to not return to the gym, once they realised that they could accomplish all their work out goals equally from home.

    2. Get Walking

    Walking is one of the best ways to begin healthy living on a budget. Nothing is cheaper or easier than adding a few more steps into your day. We’ve all heard the quote of ‘ten thousand steps a day’, but many of us aren’t even getting close. Recent studies show that five thousand steps minimum is a good marker to reach is you are living a sedentary lifestyle, and aim to build up to the ten thousand. Studies have also shown there is a correlation between the number of steps walked daily and a decrease in mortality risks.

    Walking can be added as a daily activity in itself, or it can be achieved by walking to the shops rather than the car, or taking the stairs over the lift. It all counts. Whenever you walk, do so briskly as that has the most health benefits. If you already enjoy walking, why not build your stamina for a more challenging hike?

    Walking has major health benefits, and is a great stepping-stone to a fitter you.

    The NHS recommends at least ten minutes of brisk walking a day to benefit your health. That’s walking that leaves you slightly out of breath, enough that you can still talk but cannot sing the words to a song. A study by Macmillan Cancer Support states that walking a mile a day could reduce your risk of prostate and breast cancers by 40%, another worthwhile benefit to consider.

    Another benefit of walking is its positive effect on mental health conditions. It also clears the mind and clarifies thoughts, a well-known benefit that artists and writers have known and utilised for centuries.

    3. Grow Your Own Food

    Growing your own food is a great way to start living healthy on a budget. Not only do you know exactly where your food comes from, but is tastes significantly better and you also save money in the process. Growing your own isn’t as daunting as you’d first think. Seeds and shrubs are relatively inexpensive to purchase and widely available both online or locally.

    You only need a small plot to start growing your own fruit, herbs and vegetables. If you don’t have a big garden, planters can be built or purchased cheaply, helping you grow produce in small areas, patios or balconies. There are also many potted fruit trees available that are designed for patios, growing tightly and vertically to save space, without the need to dig.

    See our Grow Your Own Guides for information on how to grow your favourite crops.

    Home-grown potatoes
    4. Buy Food In Season

    If you aren’t ready to ‘grow your own’ just yet, or want to add to the ones you are growing, buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Locally grown, seasonal foods are usually cheaper and healthier than out of season produce that’s travelled across the globe, and is usually fresher and better tasting.

    Buying locally from farmers markets can save money and boost the local economy too. Buying bulk is also a cost effective way and has massive savings over individual items, though only if they are consumed and not filling the compost bin. There are also many fresh, seasonal wild fruits and plants to be foraged, full of nutrients and free!

    5. Meal Planning

    Planning your week’s meals out in advance can help you save money in numerous ways. Firstly, it means you aren’t making repeated trips to the shops, inevitably purchasing items you weren’t intending on. It also gives you the option to use items you already have, saving you from tossing out existing perishable items in your fridge.

    Secondly, meal planning allows you to batch cook and freeze certain meals, meaning less time burning fuels on separate cooks of the same meal type, and also saving some prep and cook time as a bonus. Cheap meal planners are available to buy or print online.

    6. Cook More at Home

    Cooking at home is one of the best ways to live healthy on a budget. Rather than expensive take outs or grabbing food on the go, preparing your meals at home save hundreds of pounds a year. You also have the benefit of choosing what goes into your body. You can choose to lower the fat, sugar or salt levels as well as control portion sizes. You can also put the best quality nutrients into your diet and save money in the process.

    Nothing beats home cooking!

    The ecological benefits of cooking at home are another bonus. For example, the benefits of using a slow cooker, for example, save you money over your usual oven as it uses much less energy. Re-usable containers to store leftovers or batch cooked meals will reduce waste packaging, helping the planet with each home cooked meal.

    Healthy Living on a Budget – The Verdict

    A better lifestyle doesn’t have to be any more expensive than the life you are living right now, implementing just a few of these suggestions could have a significant effect on your physical and mental well-being, as well as your bank balance. Why not start today, and watch those benefits and savings grow?

    The post Healthy Living on a Budget – Top Tips appeared first on Let's Grow Wild.

  • How To Make Your Own Garden Incinerator
    01 October 2022
    How to make your own garden incinerator. So you have been doing a few jobs in the garden and have some garden waste to dispose and you don’t want to buy a garden incinerator bin, you could give making your own garden waste burner a go. Here’s how to make your own: Step 1 –...
  • Are petunias annuals or perennials?
    01 October 2022

    Petunias: annual or perennial? In most garden environments petunias are sold and grown as annuals, typically as bedding plants for beds, hanging baskets and containers. But are petunias really annuals? The answer is no. Technically, petunias are perennials. This is because in warm temperate climates, with no risk of frost and no scorching temperatures, petunias...

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    The post Are petunias annuals or perennials? appeared first on Gardening Step by Step.

  • How To Split and Repot A Sundew? Simple Aswer (2022)
    01 October 2022
    The carnivorous sundew has long piqued the interest of amateur and professional botanists alike with its striking appearance and potential therapeutic benefit. Sundews, along with other “meat-eating” plant species like pitcher plants and the Venus flytrap, have had a prominent position in the collective consciousness of botanists and plant lovers for quite some time. Today we …

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  • How to Grow and Care for Bromeliads Indoors
    01 October 2022

    Bromeliads are more than just colorful landscaping plants. When given proper care they can thrive in containers indoors. And that’s an easy feat to accomplish – they need only minimal attention to be healthy and beautiful. Are you ready to learn more about container-grown bromeliads? We’ve got all the details you need.

    The post How to Grow and Care for Bromeliads Indoors appeared first on Gardener's Path.

  • How to Grow Sensation Peace Lily
    01 October 2022

    Sensation Peace Lily is one of the largest peace lilies you can grow at home, and will reliably flower with stunning spikes of white, sail-shaped flowers in spring, often through into summer. 

    With its gorgeous waxy foliage, and cupped petals they are possibly the most rewarding house plant, which can be easily cultivated by novice gardeners.

    Despite being easy to grow, sensation peace lily can be very picky about its location, so in this article, we’ll focus on finding the best place for Giant peace lily to grow, and how to find the right light and moisture levels.

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    01 October 2022
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  • Grow Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)
    01 October 2022

    Last Updated on October 1, 2022 by Real Men Sow

    Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) is a perennial herbaceous plant that has been around since the beginning of time. It is one of the oldest herbs used for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a Mediterranean plant, but it can be found all over the globe due to its adaptability.

    How To Use Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) In The Garden

    Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)can be grown indoors to make it year-round in the kitchen. Peppermint spreads quickly so it is important to plant outdoors before you do. Keep your peppermint in containers or in the ground with underground plastic barriers to stop them from spreading. You can plant peppermint outside in a variety of ways, including in a pot, large pot or raised bed.

    When peppermint flowers, it can be very beautiful. It is best not to use it as a border for flowers, vegetables or fruits. It can quickly spread and take over garden plants that have been carefully placed. Peppermint can quickly take over your garden beds if you don’t keep an eye on it. Some people use peppermint ground cover because of this fact. It can even be mowed!

    Growing Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)

    To start growing Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) plants, you don’t need much. You will need a large container, well-drained soil, and time to water it. You can plant them in full sun or partial shade. However, peppermint plants grown in darker areas have a lower flavour.

    Growing From Seeds

    You can either grow Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) yourself from seeds or buy a young plant at your local nursery. Gardeners can plant the seeds easily by simply pressing them into prepared soil that has been amended with compost and is already moistened. The seeds won’t be buried. The best results will be achieved if the soil is only partially covered. Keep the soil warm and moist while you wait for sprouts to appear. Within a few weeks, you’ll start to see the green peppermint heads begin to sprout up.

    Propagation

    Some gardeners prefer to propagate the plant, rather than using pre-grown Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) or seeds. Stem cuttings are the most popular method. Start by cutting a 4 to 6-inch length of the stem. Next, take the lower half of the stem and remove all peppermint leaves. Finally, pour the water into the glass. Keep the water in a sunny area and change it every other day. After two weeks, your peppermint cutting will begin to develop its root system.

    How To Care For Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)

    Once Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) has been planted outdoors or indoors, it is easy to maintain. They prefer to be in partial shade that receives more than five hours of sunshine per day. They are a great choice for beginners because they can survive in any amount of sunlight as long as the soil is moist. Peppermint plants require a lot of water. 

    It is okay to let the soil’s top inch dry between waterings, but not more. Make sure that water doesn’t pool at the bottom of your peppermint pot. This could lead to soggy roots, which can quickly kill the plant. To allow water to escape, peppermint should be planted in a container that has a hole for drainage.

    Repotting Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint)

    Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) is most often grown in a container. The plant’s ability to spread quickly and need to be repotted is why it needs so much attention. The process is quite simple, which is a good thing. First, choose the right place for your peppermint to live. Some people choose to divide peppermint plants when they grow too big for their container. Overgrown plants will benefit from this because it keeps them healthier.

    Start by gently removing the entire plant from its container. To expose the roots, gently remove any soil. The Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) plant will split naturally as you do this. You can also carefully slice it with sterile scissors. Both pieces should have healthy growth underneath them. Place the two pieces in separate pots filled with good-draining soil. You now have two potted peppermint plants.

    The post Grow Menthae Piperitae Aetheroleum (Peppermint) appeared first on Real Men Sow.

  • Pot Marigold (Calendula) – How to Grow
    01 October 2022

    Last Updated on October 1, 2022 by Real Men Sow

    Pot marigold (Calendula) usually look like bright, cheerful and gladsome flowers that can add a touch of colour to any garden. Every single flower is about 1” in diameter and its petals are yellow. These flowers are known for their healing properties. With its distinctive daisy shape, this flower is capable of making most gardens beautiful and cheerful.

    These flowers help flavour soups and stews in older times. This is why they are commonly called pot marigolds. It has been proven that dried Pot Marigold (Calendula) petals can be substituted for saffron.

    Planting and Growing Pot Marigold (Calendula)

    This is a classic cottage garden plant that makes a happy contribution to flower borders and front gardens. You can also use this plant can be used as a colourful addition to your herb garden. The flowers are what you use in the kitchen, even though the leaves can be pungent.

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) are quick-growing, making them ideal for children and beginners to grow. Cut flowers are best for tall varieties. It does not require support or staking.

    Sowing Pot Marigold (Calendula) Seeds

    Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) was originally from the Mediterranean but its tough nature has enabled it to settle in the temperate regions. It can also tolerate some shade and most soil types. It thrives in sunnier areas, particularly if the soil is well-drained. Then, you’ll get hundreds of flowers if you plant them there.

    Autumn Sowing

    Planting them in autumn gives the plants a head start and will result in flowers that appear much sooner. Pot Marigold (Calendula) seeds germinate best at between 15-25°C (59-77°F). If it is cooler or hotter than this, you may not see many seedlings emerge.

    Sow in autumn six to eight weeks prior to the first frost. Use a tray or modules containing one-part perlite (or grit) and three-parts multi-purpose compost. You can top dress the seeds with horticultural grit, water it in and store the undercover in a sunny place. Seeds should be planted 1.25cm (1 1/2″) deep.

    After sowing, you’ll start to see the leaves emerge between 6 and 15 days later. The plants can be protected from the cold and slugs and will survive the winter. You can then plant them outside once the last frost has passed. You will want to plant individual plants if you have them in a tray.

    Spring Sowing

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) seeds can also be sown in spring modules. If you are starting them indoors or in a heated greenhouse, follow the same steps as above. Sow six to eight weeks before the last frost date. However, if your greenhouse is not heated, sow the plants after the last frost date.

    Where to Grow Pot Marigold (Calendula) Flowers

    It is ideal for borders and edging in mixed flower gardens. This product is suitable for city, courtyard and town gardens. This is a great choice for wildlife, cottage and informal gardens. To encourage beneficial insects, they can be grown in the garden. However, they can thrive anywhere you plant them, and will often self-seed themselves, providing you with years of vibrantly coloured blooms.

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) Care Guide Pruning

    If you want more bushy growth, then pinch the terminal shoots. To prolong the flowering period, deadhead plants regularly. They will also stop self-seeding by not producing hundreds of seedlings. 

    Pests and Diseases

    Aphids and caterpillars can cause severe damage to your leaves. Additionally, in damp conditions, powdery mildew or rust can cause leaf damage.

    Companion Planting

    Pot Marigold (Calendula) is often used in the garden as a companion plant for vegetables that require pollination. These vibrant flowers attract butterflies that will fly over to pollinate cucumbers, zucchinis, and pumpkins. You can also grow Pot Marigold (Calendula) as a companion plant for many edible plants, including:

    • Asparagus – repels the asparagus beetle
    • Pumpkins and squash – attract bees to their flowers
    • They draw aphids away for cabbages, kale, and lettuces 

    Pot Marigolds (Calendula) downside is their dense growth making it a great place for snails and slugs to hide. Therefore, you shouldn’t plant them next to any other plants you don’t want to lose.

    Propagating Pot Marigold (Calendula)

    Propagate from seed that has been sown in situ, either during spring or fall (March-May to September-October). Young plants should also be spaced 12in (30cm) apart. To extend the flowering season, you can sow succession seeds up to early summer.

    The post Pot Marigold (Calendula) – How to Grow appeared first on Real Men Sow.

  • Here is the BEST Time to Plant Paprika in Hardiness Zone 6 (2022)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow Paprika in Hardiness Zone 6, but don’t know when to plant them?

    Planting Paprika is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Paprika are not able to survive frost or cold weather under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you plant them outside too early in the spring they will die. And if you plant them too late, your Paprika won’t produce a harvest before the first frost arrives in the fall.

    Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to plant Paprika in Hardiness Zone 6.

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Paprika, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Plant Paprika in Hardiness Zone 6

    As you may have already guessed, you need to pay very close attention to your local weather in the spring. Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs.

    In general, when there hasn’t been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your Paprika outside in Hardiness Zone 6!

    Unfortunately, Mother Nature plays cruel tricks on us every year.

    There are years when the last frost comes MUCH later. Sometimes, the last frost happens much earlier and you can get your Paprika planted outside in Hardiness Zone 6 much quicker.

    Like I said before, you need to be very diligent in checking your local weather.

    So what happens if a frost comes AFTER you plant your Paprika?

    When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

    • If Paprika are in pots, bring them inside
    • If Paprika are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive

    Also, make sure not to plant your Paprika in your garden too late.

    • Planting Paprika too late will cause small Paprika or even worse, no Paprika.
    When Should You Start Your Paprika Seeds Indoors?

    Depending on the type of Paprika, it takes roughly 40-50 days to grow Paprika from seed indoors and then transplant them to your garden.

    For a specific date that you should start Paprika seeds indoors you should:

    • Find the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 50 days from it

    Not only this, but I recommend again paying close attention to your local weather report.

    It should also be noted that the best technique for bringing your Paprika plants outside is to introduce them (in their pots) outside for an hour. And then increase the amount of time they spend outside each day by an hour until they have been outside for 8 hours.

    This will “hardened” your Paprika plant, increasing its chances of fighting off diseases, insects, droughts, and wet conditions.

    If you want to learn WHEN to plant ANY Vegetable in Hardiness Zone 6, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

    The post Here is the BEST Time to Plant Paprika in Hardiness Zone 6 (2022) appeared first on The Gardening Dad.

  • Here is the BEST Time to Plant Horse Radishes in Hardiness Zone 6 (2022)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow Horse Radishes in Hardiness Zone 6, but don’t know when to plant them?

    Planting Horse Radishes is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Horse Radishes are not able to survive frost or cold weather under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you plant them outside too early in the spring they will die. And if you plant them too late, your Horse Radishes won’t produce a harvest before the first frost arrives in the fall.

    Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to plant Horse Radishes in Hardiness Zone 6.

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Horse Radishes, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Plant Horse Radishes in Hardiness Zone 6

    As you may have already guessed, you need to pay very close attention to your local weather in the spring. Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs.

    In general, when there hasn’t been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your Horse Radishes outside in Hardiness Zone 6!

    Unfortunately, Mother Nature plays cruel tricks on us every year.

    There are years when the last frost comes MUCH later. Sometimes, the last frost happens much earlier and you can get your Horse Radishes planted outside in Hardiness Zone 6 much quicker.

    Like I said before, you need to be very diligent in checking your local weather.

    So what happens if a frost comes AFTER you plant your Horse Radishes?

    When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

    • If Horse Radishes are in pots, bring them inside
    • If Horse Radishes are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive

    Also, make sure not to plant your Horse Radishes in your garden too late.

    • Planting Horse Radishes too late will cause small Horse Radishes or even worse, no Horse Radishes.
    When Should You Start Your Horse Radish Seeds Indoors?

    Depending on the type of Horse Radish, it takes roughly 30-40 days to grow Horse Radishes from seed indoors and then transplant them to your garden.

    For a specific date that you should start Horse Radish seeds indoors you should:

    • Find the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 40 days from it

    Not only this, but I recommend again paying close attention to your local weather report.

    It should also be noted that the best technique for bringing your Horse Radish plants outside is to introduce them (in their pots) outside for an hour. And then increase the amount of time they spend outside each day by an hour until they have been outside for 8 hours.

    This will “hardened” your Horse Radish plant, increasing its chances of fighting off diseases, insects, droughts, and wet conditions.

    If you want to learn WHEN to plant ANY Vegetable in Hardiness Zone 6, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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  • Here is the BEST Time to Plant Cinnamon in Hardiness Zone 6 (2022)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow Cinnamon in Hardiness Zone 6, but don’t know when to plant them?

    Planting Cinnamon is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Cinnamon are not able to survive frost or cold weather under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you plant them outside too early in the spring they will die. And if you plant them too late, your Cinnamon won’t produce a harvest before the first frost arrives in the fall.

    Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to plant Cinnamon in Hardiness Zone 6.

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Cinnamon, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Plant Cinnamon in Hardiness Zone 6

    As you may have already guessed, you need to pay very close attention to your local weather in the spring. Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs.

    In general, when there hasn’t been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your Cinnamon outside in Hardiness Zone 6!

    Unfortunately, Mother Nature plays cruel tricks on us every year.

    There are years when the last frost comes MUCH later. Sometimes, the last frost happens much earlier and you can get your Cinnamon planted outside in Hardiness Zone 6 much quicker.

    Like I said before, you need to be very diligent in checking your local weather.

    So what happens if a frost comes AFTER you plant your Cinnamon?

    When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

    • If Cinnamon are in pots, bring them inside
    • If Cinnamon are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive

    Also, make sure not to plant your Cinnamon in your garden too late.

    • Planting Cinnamon too late will cause small Cinnamon or even worse, no Cinnamon.
    When Should You Start Your Cinnamon Seeds Indoors?

    Depending on the type of Cinnamon, it takes roughly 170-180 days to grow Cinnamon from seed indoors and then transplant them to your garden.

    For a specific date that you should start Cinnamon seeds indoors you should:

    • Find the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 180 days from it

    Not only this, but I recommend again paying close attention to your local weather report.

    It should also be noted that the best technique for bringing your Cinnamon plants outside is to introduce them (in their pots) outside for an hour. And then increase the amount of time they spend outside each day by an hour until they have been outside for 8 hours.

    This will “hardened” your Cinnamon plant, increasing its chances of fighting off diseases, insects, droughts, and wet conditions.

    If you want to learn WHEN to plant ANY Vegetable in Hardiness Zone 6, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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  • Here is the BEST Time to Start Echinops Seeds in Wyoming (2022 Guide)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow echinops seeds in Wyoming, but don’t know when to start them?

    Starting echinops seeds is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Echinops Seeds must be consistently watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at room temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you don’t consistently water them they won’t germinate. If they aren’t in a room that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t sprout. And if it receives 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.

    • Because Wyoming’s growing season is not long enough, echinops seeds cannot be sowed outside and should only be started indoors.

    Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to start echinops seeds indoors in Wyoming:

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Echinops, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Start Echinops Seeds Indoors

    Depending on the type of echinops, it takes roughly 14-56 days (2 to 8 weeks) to grow echinops from seed indoors before you can transplant them into your garden. And it could take 1 year for your echinops to bloom!

    The approximate date of when you should start your echinops seeds indoors can be found by:

    • Finding the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 14 days from it

    You can also find the average last frost date for most major cities in the below chart that I have created:

    To help ensure the greatest success of your echinops seeds germinating you should:

    • Use a heat mat to ensure the gardening pot remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Use a grow light to control how much light your echinops seeds receive
    • Water your seeds with a spray bottle to ensure your seeds are not overwatered

    It should also be noted that you will not want to introduce your echinops plants into your garden until 2 weeks after your last frost or else your plant will potentially die or not bloom

    If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Flower Seed in Wyoming, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.

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  • Here is the BEST Time to Start Echinops Seeds in Wisconsin (2022 Guide)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow echinops seeds in Wisconsin, but don’t know when to start them?

    Starting echinops seeds is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Echinops Seeds must be consistently watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at room temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you don’t consistently water them they won’t germinate. If they aren’t in a room that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t sprout. And if it receives 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.

    • Because Wisconsin’s growing season is not long enough, echinops seeds cannot be sowed outside and should only be started indoors.

    Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to start echinops seeds indoors in Wisconsin:

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Echinops, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Start Echinops Seeds Indoors

    Depending on the type of echinops, it takes roughly 14-56 days (2 to 8 weeks) to grow echinops from seed indoors before you can transplant them into your garden. And it could take 1 year for your echinops to bloom!

    The approximate date of when you should start your echinops seeds indoors can be found by:

    • Finding the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 14 days from it

    You can also find the average last frost date for most major cities in the below chart that I have created:

    To help ensure the greatest success of your echinops seeds germinating you should:

    • Use a heat mat to ensure the gardening pot remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Use a grow light to control how much light your echinops seeds receive
    • Water your seeds with a spray bottle to ensure your seeds are not overwatered

    It should also be noted that you will not want to introduce your echinops plants into your garden until 2 weeks after your last frost or else your plant will potentially die or not bloom

    If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Flower Seed in Wisconsin, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.

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  • Here is the BEST Time to Start Echinops Seeds in West Virginia (2022 Guide)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow echinops seeds in West Virginia, but don’t know when to start them?

    Starting echinops seeds is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Echinops Seeds must be consistently watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at room temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you don’t consistently water them they won’t germinate. If they aren’t in a room that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t sprout. And if it receives 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.

    • Because West Virginia’s growing season is not long enough, echinops seeds cannot be sowed outside and should only be started indoors.

    Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to start echinops seeds indoors in West Virginia:

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Echinops, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Start Echinops Seeds Indoors

    Depending on the type of echinops, it takes roughly 14-56 days (2 to 8 weeks) to grow echinops from seed indoors before you can transplant them into your garden. And it could take 1 year for your echinops to bloom!

    The approximate date of when you should start your echinops seeds indoors can be found by:

    • Finding the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 14 days from it

    You can also find the average last frost date for most major cities in the below chart that I have created:

    To help ensure the greatest success of your echinops seeds germinating you should:

    • Use a heat mat to ensure the gardening pot remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Use a grow light to control how much light your echinops seeds receive
    • Water your seeds with a spray bottle to ensure your seeds are not overwatered

    It should also be noted that you will not want to introduce your echinops plants into your garden until 2 weeks after your last frost or else your plant will potentially die or not bloom

    If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Flower Seed in West Virginia, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.

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  • Here is the BEST Time to Start Echinops Seeds in Washington (2022 Guide)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow echinops seeds in Washington, but don’t know when to start them?

    Starting echinops seeds is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Echinops Seeds must be consistently watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at room temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you don’t consistently water them they won’t germinate. If they aren’t in a room that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t sprout. And if it receives 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.

    • Because Washington’s growing season is not long enough, echinops seeds cannot be sowed outside and should only be started indoors.

    Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to start echinops seeds indoors in Washington:

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Echinops, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Start Echinops Seeds Indoors

    Depending on the type of echinops, it takes roughly 14-56 days (2 to 8 weeks) to grow echinops from seed indoors before you can transplant them into your garden. And it could take 1 year for your echinops to bloom!

    The approximate date of when you should start your echinops seeds indoors can be found by:

    • Finding the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 14 days from it

    You can also find the average last frost date for most major cities in the below chart that I have created:

    To help ensure the greatest success of your echinops seeds germinating you should:

    • Use a heat mat to ensure the gardening pot remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Use a grow light to control how much light your echinops seeds receive
    • Water your seeds with a spray bottle to ensure your seeds are not overwatered

    It should also be noted that you will not want to introduce your echinops plants into your garden until 2 weeks after your last frost or else your plant will potentially die or not bloom

    If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Flower Seed in Washington, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.

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  • Here is the BEST Time to Plant Cumin in Hardiness Zone 6 (2022)
    01 October 2022

    Do you want to grow Cumin in Hardiness Zone 6, but don’t know when to plant them?

    Planting Cumin is not as easy as it seems.

    Here’s why:

    • Cumin are not able to survive frost or cold weather under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you plant them outside too early in the spring they will die. And if you plant them too late, your Cumin won’t produce a harvest before the first frost arrives in the fall.

    Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to plant Cumin in Hardiness Zone 6.

    • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Cumin, Check Out This GUIDE!
    When to Plant Cumin in Hardiness Zone 6

    As you may have already guessed, you need to pay very close attention to your local weather in the spring. Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs.

    In general, when there hasn’t been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your Cumin outside in Hardiness Zone 6!

    Unfortunately, Mother Nature plays cruel tricks on us every year.

    There are years when the last frost comes MUCH later. Sometimes, the last frost happens much earlier and you can get your Cumin planted outside in Hardiness Zone 6 much quicker.

    Like I said before, you need to be very diligent in checking your local weather.

    So what happens if a frost comes AFTER you plant your Cumin?

    When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

    • If Cumin are in pots, bring them inside
    • If Cumin are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive

    Also, make sure not to plant your Cumin in your garden too late.

    • Planting Cumin too late will cause small Cumin or even worse, no Cumin.
    When Should You Start Your Cumin Seeds Indoors?

    Depending on the type of Cumin, it takes roughly 25-30 days to grow Cumin from seed indoors and then transplant them to your garden.

    For a specific date that you should start Cumin seeds indoors you should:

    • Find the last average frost date HERE
    • And then subtract 30 days from it

    Not only this, but I recommend again paying close attention to your local weather report.

    It should also be noted that the best technique for bringing your Cumin plants outside is to introduce them (in their pots) outside for an hour. And then increase the amount of time they spend outside each day by an hour until they have been outside for 8 hours.

    This will “hardened” your Cumin plant, increasing its chances of fighting off diseases, insects, droughts, and wet conditions.

    If you want to learn WHEN to plant ANY Vegetable in Hardiness Zone 6, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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Flower Gardening blogs

Flower Gardening Blogs

01 October 2022

Flower Gardening Blogs Flower Gardening Blogs
  • curls and twists
    01 October 2022

    something in the shades of red…

  • Sedum Sieboldii, October Daphne Stonecrop
    01 October 2022

    Do you love the look of succulents, but don’t know where to start? Sedum sieboldii is a great option for beginner gardeners. Keep reading to learn how to grow sedum sieboldii of your own! Sedum sieboldii, also known as October Daphne Stonecrop or October Plant, is a low-growing succulent plant that is native to Japan....

    The post Sedum Sieboldii, October Daphne Stonecrop appeared first on Flower Patch Farmhouse.

  • New florist delivery service launched in the UK
    30 September 2022
    Booths is launching a new online florist delivery service across the UK. This is in partnership with Lambs Flowers in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Customers can choose from a range of British seasonal flowers for all occasions and order online for next-day nationwide free delivery.  Booths is looking to tap further…
  • VR-tour lets you visit high-tech greenhouse
    30 September 2022
    On 26 September, NPEC is opening their NPEC greenhouse: an advanced, fully automated greenhouse with plant phenotyping technologies. And you are welcome inside to look around and discover this high-tech facility from behind your desk. The official opening of NPEC was also the kick-off of IPPS2022, the 7th…
  • Horti Experience 2022 focused on international knowledge sharing
    30 September 2022
    For the eighth time already, foreign Royal Brinkman employees visited its headquarters in 's-Gravenzande this week to participate in the Horti Experience. This year, the international knowledge event took place from Monday 26 to Friday 30 September 2022. During a 5-day training course, the focus was on…
  • Florida, the state of flowers
    30 September 2022
    Since the fragrant orange blossom – Florida’s state flower since 1909 – reportedly has many soothing properties, including reducing cortisol levels, insomnia, and anxiety, Flowerpowerdaily is hoping for many ways to reduce stress for those impacted by Hurricane Ian.  Did you know that the state was named by Ponce de Leon in 1513…
  • Deals that were agreed upon months ago still have to be honored at the agreed price
    30 September 2022
    The UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced a 'mini budget' on the 23rd of September, which has resulted in the Pound dropping to an all-time low against the US Dollar and hit 1.079 against the Euro on Monday. This will have a massive impact on the imports of fresh produce into the UK as contracts with…
  • New lighting system at the University of Bologna's experimental greenhouses
    30 September 2022
    Distal, the Department of Food Sciences and Technologies at the Italian University of Bologna, one of the largest centers in Europe in the field of agricultural research, has chosen the company C-LED to completely renew the lighting elements in its experimental greenhouses. The greenhouse complex in Bologna,…
  • New implemented software for Ball Horticultural Companies and Agriware
    30 September 2022
    Ball Horticultural Company has completed an implementation of the first of three sites of the Agriware 365 Business management software implementation. Ball CIO Kevin Lutz is pleased with the implementation: "We were able to make a 100% cutover from the old to the new system, and meet all our production…
  • Landscaping sector takes center stage at New Istanbul show
    30 September 2022
    From 13-16 October 2022, Istanbul will host a new trade show dedicated to the increasingly important professional landscaping sector. Landscape Istanbul Fair 2022 will showcase many hundreds of innovative products and services for professional landscapers to incorporate into their existing and future…

Urban Gardening blogs

Urban Gardening Blogs

01 October 2022

Urban Gardening Blogs Urban Gardening Blogs
  • Why I Set My Solar Panels At 3 Angles
    01 October 2022
  • How To Grow Carrots in Pots | SEED TO HARVEST
    30 September 2022
  • 699: Jeffrey Smith on Protecting the Microbiome
    30 September 2022
    699: Jeffrey Smith on Protecting the Microbiome.
    Raising Public Awareness About the Dangers of Gene Editing. In This Podcast:

    Jeffrey Smith returns to the Urban Farm Podcast to talk about what he calls “GMO 2.0”, an easily attainable technology with the power to permanently change the genetic makeup of every living thing on earth.  The foods we eat are already being changed and we are already being affected in ways we don’t yet understand, yet there are no controls in place to ensure the changes are safe.  Jeffrey illuminates the very real dangers we face and tells us how we can fight back.

     

    Our Guest:

    Jeffrey Smith is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker and celebrated public speaker. He has influenced the behavior and health of millions of people worldwide through his books like Seeds of Deception, and Genetic Roulette, and his podcast Live Healthy Be Well. Jeffrey is the founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, which has started a global education campaign called Protect Nature Now with the documentary titled “Don’t Let the Gene Out of the Bottle”, which won a Telly Award.

    Listen in and learn about:
    • Finding glyphosate in rainwater
    • Pollen traveling hundreds of miles
    • Minimizing exposure to glyphosate – why and how
    • 7 Reasons Why Gene Editing is Dangerous and Unpredictable  (6 minute animated film)
    • Completely deregulating gene editing
    • Smuggling genes into plants
    • Some ways gene editing can go disastrously wrong
      1. Cutting in the wrong place
      2. The repair mechanism can be sloppy
      3. Knockout technique fails a third of the time
      4. Mutated proteins
      • Readily available, inexpensive technology means the dangers are widespread
      • Considering the origins of celiac disease
      • GMO 2.0 campaign
      • Why the microbiome is the most dangerous field for gene editing
      • Go to protectnaturenow.com to watch “Don’t Let the Gene Out of the Bottle”
      • Grappling with our new ability to destroy
    How to reach Jeffrey:         

    Websites: responsibletechnology.org         livehealthybewell.com

    UrbanFarm.org/protectmicrobiome

    *Disclosure:
    Some of the links in our podcast show notes and blog posts are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, we will earn a nominal commission at no cost to you. We offer links to items recommended by our podcast guests and guest writers as a service to our audience and these items are not selected because of the commission we receive from your purchases. We know the decision is yours, and whether you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

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  • Hort Americas Expands to Canada
    29 September 2022

    DALLAS and MONTREAL — Commercial horticultural supplier Hort Americas announced today a new division within the company to bring quality, technically advanced and cost-effective products to commercial greenhouse growers in Canada.

    Just like its U.S. counterpart, Hort Americas Canada will have a strong focus on providing the best-in-class products, educating growers and continuing to research advancements in controlled environment agriculture. The team will also continue working with vendors to bring locally manufactured products to Canadian growers.

    “The greenhouse industry is rapidly evolving and expanding in Canada,” said Jordan Goulet, general manager  at Hort Americas Canada. “We understand that established and new generations of growers are looking for reliable and knowledgeable partners to support them with their projects, and that’s what we’re here to help do.”

    Goulet and Gabrielle Verdon, client services manager, will oversee operations for Hort Americas Canada. The bilingual team has extensive expertise in all aspects of controlled environment agriculture.

    The first Hort Americas Canada office will soon open in Montreal. Plans are also underway to add a warehouse.

    “We greatly appreciate all the support we received the last 15 years from our Canadian clients,” added Chris Higgins, Hort Americas president and co-founder. “Expanding our operations is a way to make it easier for them to do business with us.” 

    About Hort Americas

    Hort Americas is dedicated to playing an integral role in the different niches of commercial horticulture. We work closely with key manufacturers to develop and bring the highest quality, technically advanced and most cost effective products to the greenhouse growers and vertical farmers in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. Learn more today about our commitment, services and products at www.hortamericas.com.

  • What you need to know about Expanded Clay (LECA)!
    29 September 2022

    LECA stands for lightweight expanded clay aggregate. To put it simply, Leca comes in baked

    clay balls that soak up a little water, after which they expand slightly. It’s a growing medium like soil, used to grow plants. Unlike soil, Leca is a collection of clay soils and doesn’t contain any nutrients. It’s odourless, eco-friendly and reusable. These little clay pebbles can impressively hold up to 4 times their weight in water, and they allow air and water to move freely throughout the growing medium leaving space for your plants to breathe.

    What are the Benefits of Using Leca? It’s an Extremely Porous Medium

    Leca’s porous nature makes it an excellent drainage material for your growing medium. Clay pebbles are designed to wick up water and drain it out into the bottom of the pot while allowing air to move freely throughout medium mixture. This ensures that roots get enough air to stay healthy while remaining fully saturated with water.

    Less Risk of Root Rot

    Leca is a porous material that absorbs water and air into its internal structure. This helps promote healthy root development by allowing the roots to easily breathe even as they sit in a constantly moist environment. Roots tend to rot when oxygen isn’t able to circulate throughout the growing medium. Leca helps prevent this from happening by keeping the soil aerated and allowing the roots to fully exchange CO2 for O2.

    Growing Plants Hydroponics Saves Water

    One of the most common problems hydroponic gardeners have is that their plants are drying out. This usually happens because the water being fed to the roots is evaporating into thin air through the drainage hole. Leca can help prevent this from happening by keeping moisture trapped near the roots, where it belongs.

    The Leca Balls can be Recycled

    What makes Leca a good investment is its sustainable use. After growing a consumable plant like a vegetable, you can use the clay balls to grow another one in another pot using a hydroponic system.

    Leca is Environmentally Friendly

    When you compare Leca with potting mix, there is one aspect that Leca will always win. Leca is reusable and durable. Even without considering the environmental impact of peat moss, the fact that you can reuse leca makes it a more ecological sound medium than potting soil.

    Unlike potting mix, which breaks down over time, you can use leca over and over again.

    Less Mess

    Unlike soil, leca requires much less water than potting mix and doesn’t become a grimy mess while you’re repotting your plants. Leca is also easier to spill, thanks to its lightweight properties.

    The Risks of Pests are Reduced

    One of the most common problems with soil-based potting mix is that it’s so easy for pests to become established in it. The warmth and moisture present in the soil make it perfect breeding conditions, while the organic matter provides lots of nutrients for pests to thrive on. In leca, the plant also chooses when to drink water and avoid being overwatered. This means that bugs won’t be attracted to the rotting roots and soil.

    Fertilising is More Cost-Effective and Environmentally Responsible

    Hydroponic fertilizer can hold water as the soil does, but it’s also soluble so that you can get better uptake by your plants. Because hydroponics use flood and drain systems, the salt concentration is maintained at very low levels, reducing the risk of plant burn.

    How to prepare LECA before use

    LECA wicks water very effectively. If roots come into contact with very dry LECA, it will wick water away from the roots and can cause the roots to desiccate. Always make sure they are well soaked before use.

    Treating LECA before you use it is a must, this ensures your plant can begin it’s Hydroponic life with a healthy start. If LECA isn’t soaked properly it can cause a plant to grow a lot slower than it should.

    Step 1: Rinse the LECA Remove the LECA from the packaging and give it a thorough rinse to get all debris and clay dust off.

    Pro tip: Use a mesh laundry bag and a garden hose and do this outside.

    Step 2: First Soak Soak the LECA for 24 hours using tap water. This first soak will get the first wave of the crud out of the LECA. Pro tip: You can observe the PPM of the soaking water after this first soak.

    Step 3: Second Soak Dump out the soaking water and replace with fresh tap water / hose water. Soak for an additional 24 hours. After this soak you can use your LECA!

    Pro tip: The second soak usually results in about 300 - 400PPM after 24 hours. Remember in high school science class where you learned about the Law of Chemical Equilibrium? Yeah, no me neither.... Basically, when you put your LECA (product) together with water (reactant) the water and chemicals within the LECA wants to be at equilibrium with the water outside of it until it’s equal inside and outside. If your water is at 100PPM and your LECA is at 800PPM, over time your water will measure higher in PPM and your LECA will measure lower in PPM. The reason for the second soak is to speed up the process. Soaking 800PPM LECA in water that is 100PPM versus 400PPM, the 100PPM will go a lot faster, and the equilibrium point will be lower.

    Step 4: Dry and Store Drying and Storage is recommended if you’re not going to use the LECA right away. You can dry the LECA in the mesh laundry bags, they allow for amazing airflow! If you plan on using the LECA right away, skip this step.

    Pro tip: You can also add CalMag (Calcium Magnesium supplement) to the soaking water, as well as any rooting hormone. Adding these supplements can happen as early as the first soak, as the Ca and Mg ion substitute for the less desirable soluble minerals in the LECA.

    www.urbangreenfarms.com.au

    #leca #hydroponicgarden #medium

  • My Family Always Comes First #SHORTS
    29 September 2022
  • Surviving off of my garden for 30 days
    28 September 2022
  • The world remains dangerously unprepared to meet skyrocketing food prices and hunger
    28 September 2022

    The 2022 Global Food Security Index shows that the food system has been weakening over the years due to an increasingly volatile world

    • Affordability scores have dropped dramatically on a global scale
    • Climate change continues to threaten food security from multiple fronts
    • European economies remain the most food secure

    London, United Kingdom —The 11th edition of the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) reveals a fragile global food system ill prepared to weather shocks like the war in Ukraine and this summer’s heatwaves. The study from Economist Impact, supported by Corteva Agriscience, finds that insufficient investment and increasing volatility continue to drive the deterioration of the global food environment. This year’s skyrocketing food prices and rising global hunger are not just the product of conflict and extreme weather; they are also the reflection of a worrying trend of declining resilience in our food system.

    The world made big gains in food security from 2012 to 2015, with overall GFSI scores jumping by 6%. However, structural issues and significant risks in the global food system subsequently led growth to slow, and for the past three years the trend in the overall food security environment has reversed. Stalled progress reflects volatility in agricultural production, weak investment in agricultural research and development (R&D), scarcity of natural resources, rising inequality, and trade and supply-chain volatility.

    The GFSI shows that governments are not prepared for the inevitable increase in extreme weather events like this summer’s heatwaves across Europe and North America and devastating flooding in Pakistan. Water management techniques and existing irrigation systems that can help manage the effects of climate change are lacking globally. In an era of scarcity in natural resources, investment in agricultural R&D to enhance yields and sustainably improve production is in decline, while soil and land management practices remain weak.

    “The 2022 Global Food Security Index highlights the crucial impact of structural issues and risks to food security such as volatility in agricultural production, trade and supply-chain disruption, scarcity of natural resources, and increasing economic inequality,” says Pratima Singh, Principal, Policy and Insights at Economist Impact. “Recent shocks, like the Ukraine conflict and high food prices, are stressing an already fragile global food system.”

    “Economist Impact’s global report highlights the critical role farmers play in addressing food security, and actions we can all take to address the wide gaps in underserved markets,” says Tim Glenn, Executive Vice President, Seed Business Unit, Corteva Agriscience. “There is an urgent action to renew our collective commitment to collaboration and improving access to innovation to combat food insecurity.”

    The GFSI evaluates and ranks 113 countries on 68 indicators, including the affordability, availability and quality of their food supply, as well as sustainability and adaptation.

    To account for the complexity, interconnectedness and ever-changing nature of the global food system, several new indicators were added to the GFSI this year. These capture farmers’ access to community organisations and extension services, and changes in producer prices. With more targeted focus on farmers, the GFSI helps leaders to tailor policies and solutions to the people who ensure resilience in the food system.

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    • Affordability scores have dropped globally: Affordability scores have dropped by 4% between 2019 and 2022, dragging overall scores down in the 2022 GFSI. This decline has been driven by the covid-19 pandemic and higher prices for agricultural inputs, combined withweakening trade freedom and government inability to fund safety nets. This sharp fall does not include the most recent developments, including global food price inflation of 7.9%.
    • European economies are the most food secure: Eight of the top ten performers in 2022 come from high-income Europe, led by Finland (with a score of 83.7), Ireland (scoring 81.7) and Norway (scoring 80.5). Japan (scoring 79.5) and Canada (scoring 79.1) round out the remainder of the top ten.
    • The least food-secure countries are active conflict zones and face severe climate risks: Syria is at the bottom of the list (with a score of 36.3), followed by Haiti (scoring 38.5) and Yemen (scoring 40.1). Consistent with past years of the index, six of the bottom ten scoring nations in 2022 come from Sub-Saharan Africa, where climate risks are most acute and three countries are also dealing with conflict.
    • The food security situation across nations varies widely: The average score of the top ten countries is twice that of the bottom ten, and Syria achieves less than half Finland’s score. This inequality has increased over time. The difference between the top performer and the country at the bottom of the ranking has continued widening since 2019.
    • Irrigation systems and water management techniques need urgent attention to counter the effects of climate change: Extreme weather and warmer temperatures demand that we use water resources effectively, yet the 2022 GFSI shows that policymakers are falling short in efforts to manage water risk. Irrigation infrastructure has been largely unchanged in the 11 years of the GFSI, remaining the lowest scoring of all measures in the index.

    To access the global and regional reports and other detailed findings from the index, visit https://economistimpact.com/food-security-index.

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    698: Andrew Millison on The Permaculture Water Summit.
    Creating a hopeful future through how we manage our water. In This Podcast:

    Andrew Millison, an experienced and enthusiastic permaculture teacher, announces his upcoming online Permaculture Water Summit.  He spells out the serious problems facing the world today, then shares his passionate belief that quick action by individuals can turn things around faster than any government.  In some parts of the world, deserts are already being turned into lush forests!  Learn how to attend this free summit and become part of the exciting changes to come.

      EDITOR’S NOTE:

    The Permaculture Water Summit announced in this episode is free and is being held online October 13-15, 2022 but the presentations will remain available after it ends.  Go to Permaculturesummit.online.

    Our Guest:

    Andrew Millison is an innovative educator, storyteller and designer. He founded the Permaculture Design education program at Oregon State University (OSU) in 2009. Andrew serves as an Education Director and Senior Instructor who offers 25 years of experience and a playful approach to regenerative design. 

    In October 2022 – just a couple weeks after the release of this podcast, Andrew is hosting a three-day Permaculture Water Summit; a free global summit created to share viable solutions for the water crises found throughout the planet.

    Listen in and learn about:
    • Teaching permaculture – in person at Oregon State University, through online courses, and a YouTube channel
    • Documenting permaculture projects around the world
    • Touring an ancient agricultural system in Mexico
    • Why do a water summit?
    • Ensuring that economic factors do not limit the spread of knowledge
    • Experiencing the downsides to a global economy
    • Water and permaculture work in some of the hardest hit places in the world
    • Repairing the planet on a large scale?  It can be done.
    • Lining up world class speakers for the Permaculture Water Summit
    • Increasing organic matter in the soil – the silver bullet solution to climate change!
    • Stimulating people-powered climate change resilience movements
    As well as:

    His childhood memory – Going to an orchard to pick apples when he was about 6 years old

    His advice – “Think backwards!”

     How to reach Andrew: 

    Website: andrewmillison.com

    YouTube:  Andrew Millison  

    Summit Website: Permaculturesummit.online

    UrbanFarm.org/pcwater

    *Disclosure:
    Some of the links in our podcast show notes and blog posts are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, we will earn a nominal commission at no cost to you. We offer links to items recommended by our podcast guests and guest writers as a service to our audience and these items are not selected because of the commission we receive from your purchases. We know the decision is yours, and whether you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

    The post 698: Andrew Millison on The Permaculture Water Summit appeared first on The Urban Farm.

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