Fertilizers are necessary for your garden. Soil frequently needs a boost in nutrients throughout the year. Plants deplete the nutrients each year as well. The great thing is that you don’t need to run to the store to get fertilizers. Your pantry and backyard are full of materials that make for perfect organic fertilizers. In this post we will discuss about homemade fertilizers that can save you money and also those fertilizers are good for your plants.
All fertilizers in the stores are labeled with their content of the three major plant nutrients. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (N-P-K) are all necessary for proper plant growth. Organic, natural fertilizers have lower levels of N-P-K, but that allows you to change how much you apply and the frequency of applications.
Are you looking into growing mushrooms for your own personal consumption or to start a business? Are you unsure about what mushrooms you should grow as a beginner?
Although mushrooms seem to pop-out on forest floors or dead logs, it can be challenging to grow them especially when you are trying to grow different types of mushrooms.
There is a way to increase your chances of growing mushrooms at home or in your own backyard. This is by selecting specific types of mushrooms that are easy to grow. Below is our list of the easiest mushrooms to grow.
Scientific Name: Hericium Erinacious
Appearance: You can easily identify the Lion’s Mane mushrooms because, as the name implies, they look like a lion’s mane. They lack the usual cap and stem appearance and instead they have a snowball like formation with whitish spines that turn to brown as it ages.
Why grow this mushroom: These mushrooms are grown for their lobster-like flavor. It is a good substitute for lobster or shrimp dishes, especially if you are allergic to shell fishes. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to aid in various problems of the digestive system.
Where it’s naturally found: The Lion’s Mane grows naturally on dead or decaying hardwood logs during the autumn season.
How it is grown: If you want to grow Lion’s Mane, you should use a substrate that has hardwood sawdust. Wheat bran is also mixed to increase the chances of full colonization.
This type of mushroom loves humidity but is very sensitive to direct sprays or rainfall because of the fragile tiny spines. You have to be careful in spraying water on the substrate. Harvesting the grown mushroom done by using a sharp knife to cut the whole mushroom as close to the bag as you can.
Useful Tip: The mushroom will last longer if it is carefully handled. The tiny spines are delicate and will turn to a brownish color when bruised. This lasts longer when refrigerated.
Scientific Name: Agaricus bisporus
Appearance: Portabella mushrooms are known for their large cap. They have a rounded and flat cap with black underside. The stem is white and is also edible.
Why grow this mushroom: This mushroom is good substitute for meat products. Due to its size and shape, it is simply grilled and used as a substitute for the meat patty in veggie burgers. Similarly, it can also be chopped or cut into pieces and used for soups or other dishes.
It is one of the most consumed mushrooms around the world, therefore it is also one of the most cultivated mushrooms around the world. Nutritionally, it contains high levels of vitamin D. It also various vitamins and minerals like vitamin B and phosphorus.
Where it’s naturally found: They usually grow after the rain in grassy areas by the end of spring up to the autumn season.
How it is grown: If you wish to grow it out doors, you have to make sure that you prepare the area well before inoculating it. It thrives well in manure based composts but sterilization of it is ideal to prevent contamination. Peat moss is then added to the inoculated surface and daily misting is done.
It is also possible for you to grow portabella mushrooms indoors. Again, manure based compost is used and daily misting is done after the spores have grown. Harvesting is done once the mushrooms reach the size you want.
Useful Tip: When watering your portabella mushrooms, make sure to use water that doesn’t have chlorine. If your water comes from the tap, make sure that the chlorine completely evaporates first. Darkness is also required in order to help in force fruiting of this mushroom.
Scientific Name: Pleurotus ostreatus
Appearance: The scientific name of the oyster mushrooms describes its appearance. In Latin, pleurotus means sideways, which is the direction of the growth of the cap in relation to its stem. Additionally, ostreatus is a Latin word meaning oyster, which describes the shape of the cap.
This mushroom has a fan shaped bivalve cap that has a tan, gray or dark brown cap color with a white flesh. Underneath the cap is a white to cream color up to the stem.
Why grow this mushroom: Oyster mushrooms are also commonly consumed all around the world. They are delicious but they can be very expensive too. Instead of buying them, you can simply grow them at home for your own personal consumption.
Where it’s naturally found: They usually grow in the trunks of dead trees in forests where the humidity and light are very low.
How it is grown: There are different kinds of oyster mushrooms and growing them will depend on what kind you choose. Pink oyster mushrooms for example grow fast but they require warmer temperatures because they are tropical mushrooms. They are great to grow indoors inside your warm house even during the winter.
What is great about the oyster mushrooms is that they can be grown in various materials. Straw is one of them and these are first pasteurised before use. Once pasteurised and cooled, the spores can be mixed with it.
These should be kept out of direct sunlight but some oyster mushrooms can do well with some indirect sunlight. Make sure that the temperature is right for the type of oyster that you want to grow. To harvest these mushrooms, you simply need to twist them at the base.
Useful Tip: Leave the bottom part of the mushroom while harvesting to help increase your chance of more mushroom flushes.
Are any of the mushrooms in the list familiar to you and have you tried growing any of them? This list includes the easiest mushrooms that you can grow indoors or outdoors in your property.What do you think of the mushrooms in our list? Do you have any more to add? Tell us in the comment section.
Author of this post is Ella Wilson, the founder of TinyPlantation.com. She has a great interest in plants and gardens and she is fascinated with fruits and vegetables. She wishes to share her passion with you through this website. Feel free to read her articles and guides and share them with others who might benefit from them. You can reach out to her anytime if you have questions.
Zucchini plants are a classic summer addition to the garden. Almost everyone adds a zucchini plant or two to their backyard. Even those with a black thumb seem to have success with zucchini plants. Growing zucchinis is relatively easy.
I chose to grow zucchini plants in our very first garden. I didn’t think it would be too hard. For the most part, zucchini plants grow faster and produce a large harvest. I remember my parents growing zucchinis along the fence near our driveway. They grew so large that my dad couldn’t drive to the end of thedriveway without damaging the plants. My mother made him park in the front of the house until fall!
Zucchini plants take up a long portion of your garden with their sprawling leaves. If you have a garden with limited available space, you have to worry about the zucchini vines taking over other plants. Surprisingly, you can learn how to use a zucchini trellis to conserve space and keep your plants healthy.
Zucchini plants require air circulation and maximum sunlight. Zucchini trellis allows the plants to stay healthier. Plants that are off the ground are less prone to diseases, mildew and rotting. Taking care of your plants are easier when they are on a trellis. When you want to economize your garden space, training your vines to grow vertically in the earlier stage of development makes sense. However, training a zucchini plant to grow up a trellis does take some time.
Zucchinis remind me of summertime. As a child, I remember picking zucchinis with my mother in our large garden, along with harvesting huge pots of green beans. Now, as an adult, I take my kids outside to harvest zucchinis. Zucchini plants tend to grow rapidly, which always made me wonder when to harvest zucchini.
Everyone has a different answer. My plants allowed their zucchinis to reach massive sizes. As a kid, I remember using them as bats. My husband’s parents prefer to pick their zucchinis when they are smaller. Everyone has a different preference. Do you?
Zucchini is different than other plants in your garden. Once established and the flowers start to blossom, the fruits grow rather quickly. It isn’t strange for a zucchini to grow a foot in only a few days. Blossoms appear quickly!
Zucchini is a popular choice for home gardens across the country. Even if you don’t have a garden, you are likely to be gifted a few zucchinis. These plants are known for being prolific growers. However, there are some zucchini growing problems you may face with your plants.
Despite the normal ease of growing zucchinis, pests, diseases, and other issues still plague these plants. Once the problems start, it can be hard to determine the exact cause and way to fix them. Let’s take a look at what you might face when growing zucchini in your vegetable garden.
Once you start learning how to vegetable garden, it is time to know about tips for increasing harvest in your vegetable garden with your succession planting. Even if you live in an area with a shorter growing season, utilizing quick growing crops helps to keep your garden busy all season long.
Gardening is an empowering and relaxing hobby and practice for adults, as well as kids. While you might be tempted to tell your kids to move along and find something else to do, some of my best memories come from spending time gardening with my children. They are beautiful memories that I will cherish throughout my lifetime.
Cucumbers scream summertime. Chunks of cucumbers fill your salad. Cucumber salads or even cucumber soup, there are so many ways to use these delicious vegetables. The plants typically produce a prolific harvest each year, on tall, sprawling vines. Some cucumbers grow on compact, bushy plants with flat leaves.
Everything seems like it is going great until you see your cucumber plants turning yellow. You start to worry. What in the world could be wrong? Even though you typically can start to pick your first cucumbers as soon as 55 days after planting, there are some problems that plague cucumber plants. It is best not to ignore the problem. Yellow cucumber plants could even lead to a severe problem resulting in the death of your plant. Let’s take a look at what could be the root of the issue.
Have you ever noticed some bell peppers have four lobes while others only have three lobes? Many people believe that peppers that have four lobes are considered a female, and three lobes indicate that the bell pepper is male. If you spend any time on social media, there is a good chance you’ve heard this theory bounced around.
There are many claims and myths about male and female bell peppers. Some people believe female peppers are sweeter and contain more seeds. Other people claim you should only use a three-lobed pepper if you want to make grilled fajitas. Could these theories actually be true? Let’s take a look at what is true and what you need to know about bell peppers!Continue Reading