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Liquid Feed Compost

Liquid feed compost is a great way to replace essential elements to your potted vegetable garden or when you are growing vegetables indoors.

liquid manure feedLiquid feed can be made in a few different ways; here are the three simplest ways:

1 – Liquid Manure can be made by simply suspending a hessian bag filled with horse manure over a large bucket of water. You do this buy straddling a strong stick over the bucket and tying the bag to the stick so that it is suspended in water. If you can lay your hands on kelp (seaweed) then you can shred it and use this in a hessian sack as well to make liquid feed for yourvegetable garden

2 – Wormery juice is what we use and have had great success! I have seen people make their own wormery in a variety of ways, but we chose to invest in Can-O-Worms which is compact and easy to construct.

3 – Compost tea is made by steeping compost in water. The appeal of compost tea is that it presents nutrients to plants in an immediately available way. It can also be used as a foliar spray directly onto the leaves of your plants. Simply take a large bucket (5 litres) and half fill it with good compost from your own heap or from a mature layer in your wormery (once all the worms are replaced to a new layer). Fill the bucket to the rim and leave to stand for 2 or 3 days, stirring to aerate a couple of times a day.

Strain and then apply to the soil or leaves of your vegetables.

Healthy Living: Tips For Growing An Organic Garden Of Your Own

Do you find your organic garden growing properly? Want to learn how to help it grow better? If you are ready, then you have come to the right place. The tips that are listed here, contain advice on what you can do to make your organic garden grow healthier plants:

* Want to watch the birds during the day. If you have a small outdoor space, decorate your deck or a balcony with planter boxes of flowers and deciduous and evergreen shrubs. To passing birds this habitat will resemble a ledge on a cliff. A small tree in a tub increases the effect of the mini-oasis. Offer food to keep the birds returning.

* Cultivate your soil to improve the quality of your soil. When you cultivate, or till, your soil, you loosen up parts that may be compacted. Compacted soil does not absorb water well, and it discourages soil micro-organisms from growing in it. When your soil is properly tilled, seeds can thrive and grow.

* Always choose plants for your organic garden that are natural to the habitat, can flourish in the landscape, and require minimal care. Those that aren’t adapted to your area are going to require greater efforts to grow, which could mean more fertilizer. When it comes to maintaining an organic garden, the less care needed means less opportunity for the need for chemicals of any kind.

* Employ crop rotation techniques in your organic garden. Typically thought of for large-scale farms, crop rotation can be useful even in a small garden plot. After a season or two of growing one crop, switch to a dissimilar crop the following year. This will prevent soil depletion and pest build-up caused by growing one plant and result in your gardening success.

* Fertilize your soil with organic compost. Organic gardeners tend to fertilize their soil twice in one season: once prior to planting, and then again in the middle of a growth cycle. The best fertilizer to use is an organic compost, as it releases nutrients slowly unlike chemical fertilizers, which release nutrients in one go and then lose their effect.

* Choose the fruit and vegetable types that are suitable for your area. When growing fruits and vegetables, try to grow something that is native to your area. This way, you won’t have to add any kind of chemical fertilizer to aid growth. Native plants will provide you with the best crop possible, as they are used to the soil, temperature and light conditions.

* When selecting the best plants for your garden, pick ones that are budding. You should avoid buying plants that are blooming already. That way when you transplant into your garden the plant will spend time growing, and getting accustom to the new environment. Blooms will detract from the plants ability to adapt.

* You can bring a bit of organization and order to your organic garden using boundaries. Try bringing order to it by using things like stone walls, fences, or hedges to create soft and effective boundaries in your garden. Make sure that you include movement paths in your organic garden as well.

* Encourage toads to take up residence in your organic garden. Toads are a natural predator of many of the pesky bugs that will eat and destroy your crops. Create makeshift toad houses out of overturned broken clay pots and keep soil nice and moist to make it conducive to amphibian life.

Hopefully, that wasn’t that hard to read through. After reading this, you ought to start experimenting and trying new techniques. Hopefully, these new techniques yield results that work for you. If not, try something else until you are pleased with the results. That’s the best part about organic gardening; it can be done several ways.

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Updated: January 31, 2014 — 12:30 am

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