Free Plant Food – DIY Organic Tea For Plants

How To Make FREE Plant Food If you are using store-bought fertilizer to feed your plants, then in my opinion you are just throwing away money that could be usefully spent elsewhere! Natural food for plants is all around us. It’s free, abundant, and produces excellent crops or blooms with very little effort. Natural, easy to aquire feed is available in several forms, from animal manure to ‘green’ manure. most of which require little in the way of preparation or hassle. However as with most gardening exploits, a little effort is usually required 🙂 Here are some top organic feeds called ‘teas’ that are simple to prepare, cheap or free to make, and very effective. Organic Tea: Organic tea is simply a term given to an organic feed that has been produced by infusing water with various plants to produce a tea-like liquid. As a general rule it is better … Continue reading →

Straw Bale Gardening With GM Straw Bales

cabbages growing in straw

Can Genetically Modified Straw Be Safely Used For Straw Bale Gardens? The mere mention of genetically modified straw being used for straw bale gardening, is enough to make most permaculture enthusiasts swoon into the compost heap 🙂 And to be fair, it certainly does not sound like such a great idea, after all it goes against all the principles of permaculture and growing organic veggies does it not? For myself, I grow organically whenever I can. By this I mean that I use home-made pesticides, I feed my plants with organic tea’s and animal manure (herbivores only), and generally try to ensure my veggies are grown using natural methods such as companion planting. However I do not take an ‘organic or nothing’ stance. I will resort to drastic man-made measures if the occasion demands. For this reason I thought I would have a closer look at the issues involved when … Continue reading →

Pallet Composting Bin

Constructing A Pallet Composting Area: Composting to be sure is perhaps not the most exciting or romantic aspect of growing your own vegetables – but without a good understanding of compost and the ability to produce your own then you are most certainly missing out. There are many ways to produce compost, including compost tumblers. However you do it though, creating your own compost means several things to the gardener. You are saving money by not having to buy store-bought compost. You are reducing waste by recycling all your vegetable ‘left overs’ from the garden and kitchen. You are helping the environment by reducing the produce sent to land fill areas. This reduces your overall ‘carbon footprint’ and creates a ‘feel good’ aspect 🙂 Disposing of Grass clippings and leaf molt is no longer a problem! You can really grow fantastic veggies with quality compost. And just in case I … Continue reading →

Mulching With Grass Clippings

Using Grass Clipping As A vegetable Garden Mulch Ok, I’ll admit that this may not be the most exciting topic in the gardening world – however the results of mulching with grass cuttings with regard to weed control, positive recycling and improved crops are actually quite exciting – if you’re into that sort of thing 🙂 I have quite a large area of grass to cut, and especially in the spring time with the early growth spurt this means that I have a fair amount of grass to dispose off. Normally of course this would not be wasted, but is added to the general composting pile as a rich source of nitrogen and composting energy to the heap. However even this can get a little overwhelmed in the spring, and the danger with too much grass on the compost heap is that if you do not turn it regularly then … Continue reading →

Layering Berry Bushes

How To Propagate Your Berry Plants Once you have decided which berry plants to grow for your winter fruit-stock, then the next decision has to be how to go about it!Fortunately this is not rocket science, and growing berries to make Jam’s, Jellies, chutneys and a whole selection of fruit smoothies – not to mention great comfort food like fruit pies etc – is definitely doable for most folks. So with that said, here is a brief outline of the methods to propagate your berry plants. Seedlings: Most varieties prefer well drained, loamy well-composted ground with a good mixture of manure and organic material. Some support is usually required, especially when the fruits develop and the branches will sag with the weight if not tied to something. Planting against a wall or fence where wires can be strung is ideal, or making a simple frame like the one in the … Continue reading →

Are You Happy Eating Genetically Modified Food?

Genetically Modified Food’s or GMO’s are a hot subject these days – and rightly so. Not only is the idea of eating genetically modified foods repellent to the majority of people; but the idea that it is possible to genetically modify, and then copyright the seed itself; has to be something that causes a great deal of concern to any right-thinking individual. This would surely mean that in effect, huge companies like Monsanto for instance, would be able not only to feed us food that has been modified at a genetic level – leading to who-knows-what problems in the future. But these same companies can build up a dependence on them, by us, to provide us with our food. Seeds are being produced right now and copyrighted by the producers – that do not ‘grow after their kind’ and so create a situation where the seed has to be bought … Continue reading →

Gardening is Seldom A Bunch Of Roses !

Planting – Overcoming Adversity When it comes to gardening, it is generally assumed that there are Flower Gardeners, Vegetable Gardeners and Fruit growers; this is however not always the case, as in my experience the majority of gardeners enjoy growing all of the above,  if the circumstances allow. In fact you could argue that there is a fourth ‘category’ of gardeners – those who enjoy growing edible flowers! Of course there are those that specialise in a particular planting genre, growing prize blooms or massive pumpkins perhaps – to each his (or her) own! No matter what you grow however, there are always problems to be overcome; hence the tongue-in-cheek title of this article 🙂 So whether you enjoy growing Roses or Raspberries, Mushrooms or Prize-blooms – hopefully you will find this article on overcoming such obstacles interesting and rewarding. Five main Enemies of the Gardener: Pestilence: Aphids, Caterpillars, bugs … Continue reading →