#garden hacks

Pepper plants (plants in the Capiscum genus) are not actually annuals: in fact, they usually produce more fruit in their second year. Peppers usually need a hot growing season of 120 days, which is not possible in many temperate climates.

If you bring your peppers indoors, with regular pruning, good sunlight, and heat, and they can live for 10 years or more, being most productive in their first 5 years.

If you have a pepper plant you love that is no longer productive, instead of propagating it from seed (and risking hybridisation), you can take cuttings from an over-wintered “mother” plant. This way you get a head-start in terms of growth and fruit production.

#garden hacks #peppers #cuttings #hybrids

Here are some resources to get you started:

How to Recognize Plant Stress

mangoestho:

Sometimes when plants look sick or appear to be under attack by insects, the symptoms are actually a sign that the plant is being stressed by environmental factors. Here are some common symptoms of stress and the conditions that cause them.

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(via bare-roots)

Ready to be strung up and dried! I hang the dried flower heads up to keep the birds around in winter. They’re pre-fabricated, compostable bird feeders: a sort of un-technology.
#sunflowers #edible flowers #seed morphology

Ready to be strung up and dried! I hang the dried flower heads up to keep the birds around in winter. They’re pre-fabricated, compostable bird feeders: a sort of un-technology.

#sunflowers #edible flowers #seed morphology

natureisthegreatestartist:

An old canoe becomes an imaginative garden bed. Whatever floats your boat!

I think this is a great idea, but I’d also be a little careful with this one. See how the paint is chipping? Often older canoes have been painted with paints that contain lead.
In Canada, for example, “paint manufacturers voluntary phased out the use of lead in paint by the end of the 1990s." If you don’t know how old the boat is, and depending on what country you are in, it could still be covered in lead-containing paint, which will end up accumulating in your soil. According to soil scientists, paint chips are a common way for soil to become lead contaminated, and at high concentrations, it can make it in to your crops.
Lead can cause serious neurological defects in children, and there is no agreed-upon level of safe exposure.
This is sort of like the ever-popular pallet garden: pallets contain formaldehyde and methyl bromide, are extremely flammable (not to mention explosive), up to 10% of them test positive for e. coli, and 3% of them test positive for Listeria, which has a 20% mortality rate. these projects are made with the best of intention, but they are often not known to be serious disease vectors.
This has been your biodiverseed public health PSA of the day.

#garden hacks #diy #upcycle #health

natureisthegreatestartist:

An old canoe becomes an imaginative garden bed. Whatever floats your boat!

I think this is a great idea, but I’d also be a little careful with this one. See how the paint is chipping? Often older canoes have been painted with paints that contain lead.

In Canada, for example, “paint manufacturers voluntary phased out the use of lead in paint by the end of the 1990s." If you don’t know how old the boat is, and depending on what country you are in, it could still be covered in lead-containing paint, which will end up accumulating in your soil. According to soil scientists, paint chips are a common way for soil to become lead contaminated, and at high concentrations, it can make it in to your crops.

Lead can cause serious neurological defects in children, and there is no agreed-upon level of safe exposure.

This is sort of like the ever-popular pallet garden: pallets contain formaldehyde and methyl bromide, are extremely flammable (not to mention explosive), up to 10% of them test positive for e. coli, and 3% of them test positive for Listeria, which has a 20% mortality rate. these projects are made with the best of intention, but they are often not known to be serious disease vectors.

This has been your biodiverseed public health PSA of the day.

#garden hacks #diy #upcycle #health

manorganic:

biodiverseed:

l-eth-e:

by kostas nianiopoulos…

#seed morphology

Little known morphological adaptation having to do with protection, there are tiny needle-like structures inside there. You can see them as an off-white fluff, cradling the seeds. Do not put your finger in there. I learned this the hard way. If you want the seeds, use a stick or other type of hard implement. Trees haven’t adapted to human tools yet! However, they have done a good job of adapting to our first attempt at harvest.

fluffyplant:

my aunts doggy is the cutest

I sometimes point excitedly and tell the dog “det er musen! (the mouse!)” to get him to dig holes for me so I can easily plant trees in specific places.

tattiehoking:

I made a new vegetable bed today out of driftwood. It looks much better than the square ones and I don’t think it will have as many slugs hiding in it as the stone beds do. I think as the wood decays it will add nutrients to the soil too.

Pictured are poached egg plants which are great companion plants in the fight against aphids. other plants in the beds pictured are leeks, kale, rocket, wild onion potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, rhubarb and peas.

All the beds I have made out of rotting wood keep the slugs off the plants, because the slugs would much rather eat rotting wood. The wood also encourages mycelium to colonise the area, and adds a lot of nutrition to the soil as it slowly breaks down!

#raised beds #polyculture #gardens #companion planting

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