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50 Natural Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
“50 Homemade Fertilizers and Soil Amendments is the ultimate collection of EASY, ORGANIC recipes for EDIBLE GARDENS using FREE and recycled materials. There is no other reference out there that covers as many materials and techniques under one cover.”
Learn how to recycle weeds, seashells, beer grains and more to improve your soil, save money and grow organic vegetables, herbs and fruit. This 230-page eBook profiles many natural materials found inside and outside your home that can benefit your garden. Find out which edibles to use them on, why they might work, and at what stage in the growth cycle they are most effective.
Discover why some fertilizers fail to give you results. You won’t apply the wrong nutrient at the wrong time again! Also get important warnings so you and your plants stay healthy.
Recycle these materials and more into organic fertilizers and soil amendments:
Alfalfa, banana peels, beans, beer (spent grains), borage, borax, comfrey, coffee grounds, compost, cover crops and green manures, crustacean shells, egg shells, Epsom salt, fish, grass, hair, leaves, manure (chicken, cow, goat, horse, rabbit, sheep), milk, nut shells, pet food, pine needles and straw, rainwater, rock dust, seaweed an kelp, urine (warnings too), weeds, wood and plant ashes and worm castings.
For example, to mimic dolomitic lime, combine Epsom salt with eggshells. Dolomitic lime contains 4 percent calcium carbonate and 38 percent magnesium carbonate. Also use fish trimmings and leftovers from your meals. Any part of the fish works great, including bones and skin. Get a handy Quick Reference Chart showing which homemade applications work best for specific plants! References listed and linked in the back of the book take you to studies that support the information.
Do you know which type of manure works best for pumpkins? For tomatoes?
Manures from different animals do not perform the same. They contain different nutrients. Certain plants will respond better to specific manures. Find out which manure to use depending on what you plant. Do you know how to use manures safely? Get key warnings and procedures to ensure your food does not get contaminated.
Finally, easy to understand explanations to the following questions:
~ How do plants absorb nutrients?
~What is the difference between fertilizers and soil amendments and why is this important?
~WHAT is organic matter, WHY do we need it and WHERE do I get it?
~What are the pros and cons of synthetic and natural fertilizers?
~Are there easy and no cost alternatives to pH Tests?
Step-by-step guide on composting with worms! NO expensive equipment or confusing instructions. Get worm castings fast using simple tricks of the trade.
Organic Pest Control Secrets for a Non-Toxic Vegetable Garden
Synthetic insecticides, natural oils and homemade sprays can be toxic to the creatures in your garden! These chemical and natural pest control applications upset the natural balance of “good” and “bad”. Before you crush up a jalapeno to make your own (Do-It-Yourself) DIY repellent…before you douse your plants with neem oil…before you reach for a can of chemical death…read this book. You’ll be convinced that hot pepper belongs in salsa and not in a spray bottle.
Insects are fascinating – even the ones that wreak havoc on our tomatoes, okra, sweet corn and kale.
Get up close and personal with many amazing insects and animals found in your garden. Find out what makes the worst garden enemies so special. Take a break from technical bug guides and have fun observing what lives in your soil, breeds on the backsides of leaves and secretly preys upon the most destructive garden pests. Learn the best natural defense techniques for keeping pests at bay without chemicals or even homemade pepper sprays.
In this Edition:
Aphids, armyworms, assassin bugs, bees, butterflies, cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, damsel bugs, deer, diamondback moth caterpillar, grasshoppers, grubs, lacewings, leaf-footed bugs, moths, planthoppers, pea maggots, praying mantis, snails, squash vine borer, squash bugs, stink bugs squirrels, tomato hornworms and whiteflies. Don’t see your favorite insect or varmint? It might be mentioned and many of the tips apply to other creatures not featured in the book.
There’s a growing desire for unaltered fresh vegetables and fruit. Some of us are passionately opposed to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). We also now question the integrity of organic foods. Along with our growing concern for food safety is a growing desire to eat the cleanest produce possible, void of foreign residue and chemicals. And if we grow our own food, we need to know the least toxic way to control pests.
In this book you’ll discover:
• How pollinators and natural predators help keep pests away and what you can do to stay out of their business.
• Beautiful beneficial insects you should protect and how to do it.
• How to hunt tomato hornworms at night, trap whiteflies and easily weaken an army of aphids.
• The difference between many insect “look-alikes”. You won’t damage the friendlies ever again!
• How pests find the garden in the first place plus simple ways to throw them off.
• How much damage pests actually cause. Don’t waste your precious time on pests that don’t matter.
• The difference between pool grade and food grade diatomaceous earth and why it is so important for you to understand.
• The most effective companion plants to deter aphids.
• What happens in your garden when you over fertilize with nitrogen and use “miracle” soil products.
• The difference between “kissing bugs” that can cause Chagas Disease and other assassin bugs that are beneficial to your garden.
• Flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables that attract bees.
• The difference between moths and butterflies and the best plants for attracting butterflies.
• Big mistakes people make when planting milkweed for monarchs and how to easily avoid them.
• The lifecycle and migration of monarch butterflies in images and drawings.
• Herbs that deer probably won’t eat and methods for keeping them out for good.
• Natural grasshopper predators and fund ways to eat gourmet grasshoppers!
• How to select squash varieties that are less likely to be attacked by pests.
• How to raise a sphinx moth from a tomato hornworm.
• The most popular snail control methods and their pros and cons.