Nurturing Plants – Life Force On A Cellular Level

I’ll never be as funny as Christopher Walken was in the SNL skit “ Gardening Tips From The Man Who is Afraid Of Plants “,  Nevertheless I love Gardening just the same. Here is my gardening article of the week.

Watering plants Is by far the most important ingredient in the gardening  recipe.  In this article I will share several of the ways that are commonly used, some uncommon types of water and their benefits, to support my theory that the type of water is as important if not more so than the method of irrigation. See if you agree.—

First some basics – Then we’ll dive into the powerful stuff:

Hose –  Make sure the hose is long enough for you to reach the planted areas. Spiral hoses are preferred by some. The Sprayer attachment is a practical tool and allows flexibility in the delivery of the water. Many people are understandably particular about the jet impact on various plants. A hose splitter allows you to add a second hose onto the same spigot. A clever & visually appealing coiling system may provide a sense of gardening pride.  That’s one thing I don’t look forward in gardening.

Watering bag – This is a good way to keep new smaller caliper trees constantly watered. This device is essentially a bag that sleeves around the base of the tree to protect it from overexposure to the sun. it’s filled with water and has a small hole(s) at the bottom that drips water, extending the feeding time. The trauma of transplanting can require constant care until the roots take to the new soil & environment.

Drip feeder hose –  Looks very similar to a garden hose, however it has evenly spaced tiny holes in it. It’s laid on the ground along a flower bed or trees and provides steady drips of water. It’s a very practical way to water plants that are on slopes.

Collecting & recycling rainwater – This is less common and requires some minor adaptation to downspouts from the roof gutter system. It’s essentially a container ( Usually a plastic 55 gal. drum ) in which  you collect the rain water. Several advantages apply.

1 –  You are using the rain water that would otherwise have washed off your property, straight to the city water treatment plant. They call it ‘grey water’. Some cities actually mix the grey water and sewer water before they treat it. Ugh!

2 – The City has less water to treat, – in case you’re into being a more efficient society.

3 – Obvious  $avings.

 

Drip spike or drip bottle – this system is very similar to the Watering Bag except for one main difference. Yes it drips water from a hole(s) and extends the feeding time. However it’s designed to deliver the water drops to the bottom of the roots. Basically it’s a container with a hole at the bottom and is planted next to the plant with the top of the container above the ground and open wherefrom you can add water.  This makes for a deeper root system.

Above ground sprinkler  – This method can be a great combination of portability and automation. A very economical method. Make sure you don’t forget it on. I have – Ugh!

Underground Sprinkler – Great for automatic watering whether you’re at work or vacation or both. Some subdivisions may require this system via the neighborhood covenance . If you decide to install one, you will want to hire a qualified contractor. The initial cost outlay could be expensive. Once installed it’s important to remember to look for leaks in the sprinkler heads and line connections periodically to minimize losses and erosion. It will definitely save you time because you don’t have to be there while it works. Keep the timer set for sunrise. This will reduce the risk of algae or other diseases and harmful microorganisms.

Watering can – I like this method because it has a soft touch on the plants, you can add additive doses such as PH balancing easily. You can also wander off to where the hose may not reach. The decorative feature is a plus.

Self-watering container – is not only a clever system but it has become a popular trend thanks to online videos. Here’s how it works. It feeds the plants in drops through a wicking system. It feeds the plants from the bottom up, similar to the drip spike but it has several advantages.

1 – It’s in a controlled or isolated environment such as a large pot or container.

2 – Because of this you can use several feeding reservoirs at the bottom of the main container. This will require less watering duties on your part.

3 – The wicking which feeds from the bottom up, establishes a strong root system.

4 – More of the water introduced is used by the plants rather than being lost to soil percolation in a regular bed.

Now for the serious part

Methods of improving the water quality:

The whole point of watering plants is to keep them healthy, happy and thriving. That being the objective, here are a couple of considerations that might be worth your while.

Let’s for a moment adjust our perspective slightly to take in some less common approaches that are producing great and sometimes amazing results. Some prefer to call them ancient technologies, some call them new discoveries and others like me are just amazed at the results and the universal implications.  This is probably enough to scare the bejesus out of Christopher Walken’s skit character on SNL.

Water is essential for life and keeping the water free of metals, bacteria and chemicals is an easy sell based on logic and common sense.  Most people have heard of or use the following products.

  • PH additives for alkalizing the body’s inner environment
  • Filtration for impurities, microorganisms and metals.
  • Exposing the water to UV light, which kills the DNA of bad bacteria and other microorganisms.

Yes there are other chemical additives as well. But if you really want your mind blown, try to wrap it around the magnitude and simplistic complexity of the following uncommon methods. I’m referring to Energized and Structured water. Two great Water geniuses like Victor Schauberger and Mesaru Emoto are good sources of information on this and I attribute this section to them.

  • Purifying water through motion

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The form of motion called a Hyperbolic Spiral ( centripetal Vortex ) creates, develops and purifies. It promotes growth and is Harmonious with all things living.

 

Consider this.- A spinning vortex in the shape of a hyperbolic spiral is the pattern that all galaxies follow in space. In 1915 Viktor Schauberger discovered that the same pattern of motion purifies and energizes water.

Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci ( c. 1170 – 1250 ) Developed the “Fibonacci Sequence” which is the rudimentary formula that all living things on earth follow the pattern as well. Mind blowing I know…

 

The result of this centripetal energy ( Implosion energy ) is purification, thus transforming the previously unlively water into a life giving source of energy that science has now been able to prove.

All this to say, – Structured or energized water is a life force to be reckoned with. The proof is in the results that people have achieved with experiments as well as in daily life.

 

  • Energizing and structuring water by emotions and intent

I know it sounds crazy but stay with me on this.

Here’s another method of effecting water discovered and proven by Dr. Mesaru Emoto.  What this man did deserves a Nobel Prize!

At this point it’s very easy to get off the gardening subject in a philosophical tangent, but I promised myself I wouldn’t. See for yourself how difficult it can be to focus on gardening when faced with certain profound truths. I’ve included a few links at the bottom as foundation for my case in point.

 

 

Conclusion

The golden rule has always been ‘Garbage in – Garbage out’. So by that rational, one can conclude, – The better the source of energy, the better the health and vitality of the recipient.

More and more people are becoming aware of these methods of purification and harmony whether they use it for high quality drinking water or on their beloved plants and crops and other living thngs. After all, we are 70% water.

 

References:

Here is the link to a documentary on Viktor Schauberger called”Nature Was My Teacher”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SNnHyaLWi8

 

Here is a short documentary on Dr. Masaru Emoto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4tZhMED-4M&feature=related

 

Here is a link to a short documentary on Leonard Pisano Fibonacci Sequence called “The Fingerprint of God”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uo4Oond1e8

 

Additional Notes:

In the garden, when using energized or structured water for gardening, be sure to use a watering can or low pressure hose. High pressure hoses and pipes will render the water back to its unnatural form.

 

I welcome all comments; let me know what you think.

 

Happy Gardening ~

Aaron Ohan

Top 10 Deadliest Plants

10 deadly- Daffodil

1 – The Daffodil – is highly toxic to the human body, especially if the bulb is ingested. It can cause severe stomach problems, irregular heartbeat and even death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly-deadly-nightshade2 – Deadly Nightshade The foliage as well as the berries of this plant are toxic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly- white baneberry3 – White Baneberry The berries of this unassuming plant contain cardiogenic toxins that can cause heart attacks and therefore death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly- water-hemlock4 – Water Hemlock The roots of this plant contain cicutoxin. If ingested this can cause nausea, seizures and death.

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly- Angel_Trumpet5 – Angel’s Trumpet A highly dangerous hallucinogenic wild flower. There’s a very high risk of fatal overdose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10Stinging Tree-GympiePlant6 – Stinging Tree Is the world’s deadliest Nettle. Severe stings from this plant have been known to kill humans.

 

 

 

 

10 deadlyPink_Oleander_tree7 – Oleander Ingesting any part of this plant can cause death. Even inhaling the smoke of a burning Oleander can cause severe reactions.

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly- european-yew8 – European Yew A highly poisonous, slow growing tree. The seeds and leaves of  this tree contain taxane poison can be deadly if eaten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly- Rosary Pea9 – Rosary Pea The seeds of this plant contain on of the deadliest toxins on the planet – abrin. Ingesting these red colored seed can lead to a quick death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 deadly-castor-plant-bean10 – Castor Bean Plant Contains the deadly poison – ricin. Four to five beans can kill a human.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some cost effective Organic gardening methods to control and manage these culprits.

1- Salt Them – Sprinkling rock salt on them will get rid of weeds and kill most of the harmful palnts. Pool salt and regular table salt work as well but are more expensive. I buy mine at a discount in winter. You should see results within 3-4 days.

2- Boil Them – Pouring boiling water on them is an effective means of shriveling up even the toughest plants and weeds. I use the left-over water when I’m cooking in the kitchen. A couple of days later they’re gone.

3- Pour Vinegar On Them – Douse the plants in half vinegar / half water. I use the excess vineger from a pickle jar. This is a good method of exterminating plants with long taproots.

4- Eat Them – One mans weed is another man’s rose. A good example of this is the Stinging Nettle ( Stinging tree ) is a herbal vitamin and also has healing properties. Just make sure you’re wearing the proper garden gloves when harvesting them.

~ Make it a Great Day in the Garden ~

Aaron Ohan

Introducing A New Product – What It Takes

Over three years ago we started the ‘Honey Badger Garden Gloves’ project with the goal of solving the common problem of worn out fingertips of regular gloves. Since then we have; made prototypes, raised funding, produced our first product line, and found distribution through catalogs, websites, stores and news posts. However, the simplest & most effective ways to reach people from all walks of life in an intimate setting where they can actually test the product is the trade show circuit.

One of our most dedicated distributors is a store in Delafield WI called Main Street Soap Shop, run by Glenn & Sonia Culbertson. This article is in part dedicated to them.

Glenn & Sonia actually saw our product ( Badger Digging Gloves ) while we were exhibiting at IGC ( Independent Garden Centers ) Show in August 2014. They found the product to be innovative & unique, decided to buy a few dozen pairs and see if their clients would like the product as well.  Since then we’ve been receiving orders from Glenn on a steady basis.

I received a few emails on day from some of my existing customers saying that they heard about our product on the radio. When I heard the radio show recording, it was Glenn calling in during a gardening show about innovative gardening gifts.

Although it was a brief part of the show it was effective & demonstrates the level of commitment from distributers that is vitally necessary in order to introduce a new product into any marketplace, – Particularly when you’re a start-up on a shoe string budget like us.

Glenn & Sonia At the WI Garden Expo 2015

Glenn & Sonia At the WI Garden Expo 2015

I don’t want to downplay the roll of social media in today’s constantly changing retail landscape, but -Simply put, ‘brand awareness’ is a crucial point in gaining traction in the marketplace. It introduces the consumer to the product, the retailers to the product, other distributors notice and momentum is generated. No Doubt that with distributors like Main Street Soap Shop & other committed Representatives & Distributors – Honey Badger Garden Gloves is poised for a productive year.  – Much thanks to all –

Happy Gardening ~

Aaron Ohan

Gardening with Mulch & Wood Chips

Wood chips are a multipurpose item in gardening. Here are several benefits you can get just from incorporating them into your garden.
– They can be used as fertilizer because they biodegrade. When woodchip rot they produce a rich and fertile soil below it.

– They retain water so that when used near root systems, they provided a prolonged source of nutrition. This is useful in any garden but particularly soil that has sand in it or heavy dark clay. It will prevent the water from percolating away quickly and leaving your plants starved for nutrition.

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– They look great when used as mulch in planting beds. Let’s face it, any landscaper worth his/her salt will opt for a mulch cover on top of the planting bed. Mulch comes in light and dark shades of brown. This will allow you to color coordinate with the rest of your setting be it the plants, the yard and whatever’s in it, or your house.

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– They control soil erosion. If you live on a sloped land lot, you will need some sort of erosion control. Various ways people deal with erosion are light vegetation ( grass), retaining walls and geotextile fabrics. One example of mulch being useful is beneath a tree that blocks the sun from the grass around it, or in an area with several tall trees and the soil around it does not see enough sun. This is a great place to use mulch. It will prevent the soil from eroding and fertilize the soil within a couple of years.

– When spread out to a 4-6 inch depth they minimize weed growth. When used in your planting bed you’ll notice that when properly used, the beds with mulch have little or no weeds.
Since many cities are encouraging the use of recycled goods, Recycled or reclaimed woodchips can be found in most gardening stores.

Happy Gardening –
Aaron Ohan

The Garden Sock – A Self Contained Garden

How many times has it happened that you want to put flowers on that side of the house but the soil is not fertile enough. Or… If you only had soil instead of a concrete walkway you would plant a beautiful garden or vegetables and fruits.

Garden Sock
The solution is simple – the Garden Sock. A portable sock in which you put your soil and compost. This makes it possible to place your garden where you like. Indoors or out, you can now beautify your space with nature as well as grow the foods you eat with more flexibility.

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Professional landscapers have used it in corporate settings as well as on golf courses.

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The garden sock is basically a fabric tube that you fill with your choice of soil and compost. It’s designed to hold about 35 pounds of soil and contains the moisture within it when you water it. When you lie it down on the ground, you can bend it into shapes you like or that fit the area they’re in. You can even change the placement during the day to give it maximum sunlight.

Weeds are not a problem because they don’t have a way to get into the soil. In fact the only soil that is exposed to the sun or light is the hole you cut out in the fabric when seeding or planting.

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 One of the most clever uses I’ve seen is on a wall. A friend invited me over to see his garage garden. He uses the garden sock on the shelves as well as on the floors and mobile shelves he has built. Of course he uses LED lighting and hydroponic systems because after all it is a garage garden, but it was amazing to see the volume of crops being grown in this unlikely location of the house.

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Happy Gardening –

Aaron Ohan

Interesting Uses of Nature’s Plants for First – Aid

Here are 10 little known but Very Effective uses of plants that the Native Americans have developed and used for centuries. Consider it a first aid survival kit straight from Mother Nature.

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1 – Cactus Opuntia was used for treating wounds, spider bites, insect bites, snake bites. Slice the cactus limb in a flat section, much like slicing a flat fish in half. Then simply apply it to the wound or sting.

2 – Bloodroot plant was used to repel mosquitos. They would grind The bloodroot plant  into a thin paste using a bowl, a bit of water and a smooth stone to grind and break down the plant. Once broken down the paste is applied to the skin leaving a thin film that mosquitos avoid.

3 – Echinacea, a purple cone shaped flower was used to treat colds or flu symptoms, as well as wounds, fungal infections and snake bites. The root and bloom of this miracle flower are the main parts of the flower that are used. Like the Bloodroot plant, the idea is to grind it into a thin paste which is applied directly to the area needing attention.

4 – The Buttercup flower was used by the pioneers as a bear repellent. They would extract juices from the yellow colored plant and wear it on their clothing.

5 – Butterfly Weed Root was used as a coyote and wolf repellent. Like the Buttercup flower application it was worn as a wash on their clothes.

6 – Hickory Catkins were also grinded down to a paste with some water and applied to the skin to treat sunburn. Aloe leaves are used for this purpose as well.

7 – JewelWeed plant is applied directly to the poison ivy infection. It will minimize the pain, inflammation and irritation while it defeats the culprit. If used before infection it can prevent infection.

8 – Blueberries, besides having antioxidant properties are a great treatment for diarrhea. Although considered funny or disgusting in day to day life, Diarrhea is a potentially fatal illness. A silly fact like this may save a life if diagnosed and treated in time.

9 – Juniper is used by woodsmen even today to repel rattle snakes. Northern White Cedar works just line the Juniper for this purpose. Simply keep a few branches around. It also helps to rub the scent on your clothes.

10 – Lawsonia Inermis is a plant that was used for centuries to treat and cure skin diseases and hair loss.

Natural remedies

Nature never ceases to amaze me with its self – sustaining apparatus that’s readily offered to those who have some basic knowledge on the subject. Keep yourself in touch with Mother Nature to get the most out of life.

Happy Gardening –

By Aaron Ohan

Fundamental Facts about Organic Gardening

The main difference between Organic Gardening and conventional gardening is that in organic gardening, no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used. Unfortunately this means that more care has to be taken to control and prevent disease, insect infestation and weeds. The soil also needs attention to maintain the minerals and nutrients that give life.

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Soil and Compost:

Organic gardening starts with the soil so let’s start from the bottom up. It’s necessary to amend your planting soil with organic matter regularly otherwise your soil will not be productive. This consists of compost which is essential for the well – being of your plants and crops that are being cultivated.

Compost may consist of: leaves, vegetable scraps, manure, dead flowers, fruit rinds, grass clippings, food waste and so on.

Composting is a primary means of down-cycling waste organic matter.

The ideal soil has a semi -sweet smell, it should be dark in color and should contain earth worms. It is a good idea to test the PH balance of your soil. Then you will know what other nutrients you may need. Common additives are: phosphate, bone meal, rock, greensand.

Pesticides:

The best way to keep pests away is to take preventative measures. Make sure your plants are healthy and not too wet or too dry. Insects and diseases prey on weak life force. This is similar to a person’s physical and mental health. Illness arrives when the immune system is weak. When plants are healthy they can often combat and outgrow minor infestation.

Bugs aren’t all bad. In fact 80% of bugs are beneficial to your plants, much like the beneficial bacteria in a person’s body. It’s actually a good idea to entice the beneficial bugs (insect predators in general): Lady bugs, preying – mantis, lizards, frogs, birds, into your garden. An effective way to invite the insect predators is to have a water source close by and/or by growing plants and fruits which contain nectar.

Sticky traps are also a means of preventing infestation. But in case your plants already have disease and infestation, you can use a blender to mix your own organic pesticides. I have a couple of recipes in previous articles, but briefly—they contain hot green peppers, orange or lemon, insecticidal soaps, garlic. Throw these in your blender with two cups of water. Blend thoroughly, leave overnight, then spray both sides of the foliage.

Note: This may not kill the bugs, but it will definitely prevent them from harming your plants.

Herbicides:

The preventative approach applies to weeds as well. Starting from the bottom up, Mulch is a great way to keep your soil fertile, but to keep a barrier between the weeds put a layer of Cardboard between the ground and your fertile soil. Cornmeal gluten will also slow the growth of weeds if applied early in the season prior to planting. If in case you already have weed infestation you MUST use an organic remedy otherwise the poison in the ingredients will stay in your soil and you no longer have an organic garden. There are simple recipes that you can make yourself with household ingredients such as: Vinegar, salts and soaps. These will start working in about three hours and completely biodegrade within forty-eight hours. Be sure to spray only the weeds on both sides of the foliage. Remember, pulling weeds out by hand is not a good idea because to kill the weed you must kill the root as well as the seed. The best way is to deliver their poison is through the foliage. Also check OMRI registered pesticides. They are certified organic products you can buy.

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Organic gardening definitely has its benefits although it requires a little bit more care and expertise. But once you figure out a few basics and use common sense you will be gratified as well as live healthier.

Happy Gardening –

By – Aaron Ohan

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