Composting

There are many ways to use tea bags in our garden. Here are 10 of them.

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1. Food for Your Garden

Watering your plants with re-brewed used tea bags can protect the plants from fungal infections. By opening the tea bag, you can also sprinkle the damp leaves around the plants base to fertilize the soil. Schedule occasional tea time for your acid-loving house plants. You can also work wet tea leaves into the soil around the plants to give them lush and luxuriant look.

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We are talking about unique tricks here! So go and read on to keep those weeds away:

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1. Newspapers

Put a thick layer of those old newspapers you have in your home, on top of the soil. Prepare your beds, then your compost, and put your soaker hose down, before putting the newsaper down. Thay way, you can be sure that your plants are watered, while those weed seeds that land on top, don’t. Also, tear a hole in the newspaper where you would place the seeds. In time, it would decompose too, which will add humus to the soil.

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Who doesn’t have the urge to search for cheap alternative materials that we could use for everyday life? Surely, most of us do. Well, we found out that plain old kitchen cinnamon has many great uses for your plants. So spice things up and check these 6 of the best things cinnamon can do for your greeneries:

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1. Rooting hormone

See those chemical stuffs they sell for this purpose? Forget that. Just apply cinnamon powder onto your plants’ stems, when cutting.

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WORM-TOWER

Worms are so great for composting there’s no reason to hate them. These humble yet super achievers provide gardeners with excellent soil conditioner they process from organic waste. Many gardeners are into worm composting or vermicomposting. Worms are used to process huge quantities of organic materials and turn them into extremely rich compost which is later harvested for use in the garden.

The worm tower concept eliminates a few stages in the composting process, making composting a speedier affair. With a worm tower, the worms and their castings are set up directly where they are needed – your garden.

Constructing a worm tower is simple enough. All you need are:

– a piece of PVC pipe about 15 cm wide

– the length of the pipe is up to you (3-4 feet is what’s commonly used)

– drill and 5mm drill bit to make holes

– a terracotta dish or pot to be used as cover/lid

– compost worms

– worm food (organic waste, food scraps, cardboard, newspaper, etc.)

How to build your worm tower:

1. Drill holes in the pipe to create airflow within.

2. Select a spot in your garden bed and dig a hole to your desired depth.

3. Position the pipe in the hole. Make sure there is about 15-20 cm of pipe above the surface. Backfill around the outside of the pipe with soil.

4. On the inside of the pipe, add bedding material for the worms. Start with a thick layer of dry carbon material (about 10cm) like straw or dry grass. Follow it up with a layer of wet carbon-rich material like soaked newspaper strips. Alternatively, you can use manure as the base bed for your compost worms.

5. Add your compost worms.

6. Add the worm food.

7. Cover the lid of the pipe with your terracotta dish or pipe.

Now you have your worm tower! Those wriggly creatures will chomp down organic matter pretty fast so be sure to keep checking on them from time to time and add handfuls of organic matter for them to chow down as needed.

You should also keep your worm bed nice and moist. A dry environment discourages compost worms from working at their best and also attracts insects like ants.

Empty your worm tower every 6 months, scoop up the worms and fork the castings into surrounding soil. Set up your worm tower in another area in your garden to make sure it is evenly conditioned.

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