- Cinnamon powder on seedlings to prevent diseases.
Damping off disease is a fungus-based problem that hits small seedlings just as they begin to grow. Cinnamon will help prevent this problem by killing the fungus. It also works with other fungal problems exhibited on older plants, such as slime mold that forms during the winter seasons.
· Use coffee grounds to keep pests away
coffee grounds are actually anti-microbial. When added to your garden soil, they can help stop fungal disease such as Pythium, Fusarium, and Sclerotinia.
Studies show that as part of a compost, the grounds help to prevent these diseases from taking hold.
· Use citrus peel to start seeds
Growing seeds in citrus peels is about as eco-friendly as you can get. You start with a natural product, grow a beneficial plant in it and then repurpose it in the earth to act as a nutritious composting agent. It’s a win/win.
Once the citrus has been hollowed out and all you have left is the thick rind, growing seeds in citrus peels couldn’t be easier. Simply fill the rind with potting soil either purchased or homemade, add two seeds and water in.
When your seeds attain some height, thin to one plant per peel and allow to grow
some more until it’s time to transplant. At that point, simply transplant the whole kit and caboodle into a larger pot or the garden plot, rind and all. The peels will compost into the soil, continuing to nourish the growing plants.
· Use honey to propagate cuttings
Honey contains enzymes that promote root growth, and you can use it as a ‘Rooting Hormone’. Honey help plant cuttings in setting roots and they propagate easily, it also saves them from fungal problems.
· Epsom salt when transplanting
Use Epsom salt when you transplant your plants to save them from transplant shock. When planting seedlings or new plants, dig a hole and place about 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in the bottom of the hole and cover with a thin layer of dirt, place the plant in the hole and finish planting. Epsom salt helps improve flower blooming and enhances a plant's green color. It can even help plants grow bushier. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate (magnesium and sulfur), which is important to healthy plant growth.