Benefits of Planting Flowers for Bees



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How can we help bees and ensure that farmers continue to get consistent, reliable pollination? This video explores one solution – adding wildflowers to field edges. Planting flowers, especially before and after crops bloom, is a key way in which farmers can ensure their crop pollinators stay healthy.

To learn more about wildflowers to support crop pollinators and our USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative funded research project, visit

— REFERENCES —
— Koh et al. 2015. Modeling the status, trends, and impacts of wild bee abundance in the United States. PNAS. 113:1
— Blaauw and Isaacs. 2014. Flower plantings increase wild bee abundance and the pollination services provided to a pollination-dependent crop. Journal of Applied Ecology. 51:4
— Scheper et al. 2013. Environmental factors driving the effectiveness of European agri-environmental measures in mitigating pollinator loss – a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters. 16:7.
— Kleijn et al. 2015. Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications. 7414.
— Williams et al. 2015. Native wildflower plantings support wild bee abundance and diversity in agricultural landscapes across the United States. Ecological Applications. 25:8

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This research is supported by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Coordinated Agricultural Project (Award #2012-51181-20105)

Video produced and edited by Emily May and Katharina Ullmann (The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)
Additional footage and stills from Logan Rowe (Michigan State University) and Brett Blaauw (Rutgers University)
Character modified from Matt Wilson template (mwmotion.tv)

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7 Amazing Benefits Of Gardening



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7 Amazing Benefits Of Gardening.
According to the World Health Organization, good health means more than just the absence of bad health symptoms. It means the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, sense of community and happiness.
So if you’ve been living life with a little voice in your head whispering, ‘Psst! You should start a garden,’ it’s for good reason.
The health benefits of outdoor gardening–including backyard gardening and community gardening–range from increased nutrients in your diet to staving off chronic diseases.
Here are eight surprising health benefits of gardening.
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MILK IN GARDENING – Benefits of Milk in Garden Soil as Fertilizer – Blossom End Rot Treatment



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Did you know that Milk can be good for your garden and use of milk in gardening can work as a fertilizer and help get rid of plant diseases like powdery mildew and viruses. To know more about this and the exact recipe to use in gardening watch this entire video on how to use milk in garden soul as a fertilizer.

Firstly, we shall talk about the benefits of milk in gardening and then in the end about the recipe and how to use it on your plants.
1. Firstly, its use as a FERTILIZER – Milk contains calcium, beneficial proteins, vitamin B and sugars that are good for plants, improving their overall health and crop yields. SO treatment of calcium deficiency in plants with milk spray.
2. Used as a quick remedy for Blossom End Rot (BER) commonly seen in tomato and pepper and spraying milk on the plant leaves helps a lot – that’s called foliar feeding.
This Blossom end rot is due to lack of calcium either in the soil or a defect in the plant system to uptake calcium from soil.
3. Milk has been used as an effective antifungal agent, specially in the prevention of powdery mildew.

4. Milk has been used in pesticide applications, especially for aphids. And also milk has been effective in reducing the transmission of mosaic leaf viruses such as tobacco mosaic.

There are certain drawbacks of using milk in garden, like:
1. Excessive use of milk can help harmful bacteria to multiply and spoil the plant producing a foul odour and then poor plant growth.
2. Rarely it can induce plant rot and some leaf spots if used inadvertently.

But, whatever, the benefits are a good thing for us in gardening. SO lets learn how to correctly use the milk in garden.

It’s a simple formula – just two points on this:
– If it’s skim milk, you can pour or spray it directly onto your plant’s leaves – this is called foliar feeding. The leaves will absorb the milk solution.
– Secondly to be on the safer side, use 50 percent Milk + 50% Water and spray on the plants foliage.
Now the question is How often you can do this – the answer is – use of milk monthly once is recommended. And for plants already suffering from blossom end rot problem, along with this quick remedy, you can also used calcium nitrate spray, egg shell powder in soil, bone meal powder and also garden lime in soil.

– Thirdly – one Gardening Hack to use this milk solution : You can pour the milk solution around the base of the plants where the roots will gradually absorb the milk especially for smaller gardens.

The gardening hack here is: Place the top portion of a 1or 2-liter bottle containing milk solution (upside down) in the soil next to the plant. This makes an excellent hack to offer both water and milk feed to your plants.
Lastly 2 more TIPS:
– 1. When you are finished with your milk container, before you wash it out, fill it with water and shake it and water your plants
– 2. Do not spray any form of chemical pesticide or chemical fertilizer after applying milk fertilizer. This can affect the useful ingredients in milk that actually help the plants— that’s the commensal bacteria.
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Companion planting – Definition and Benefits



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7 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage)



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Over 2000 years ago, the Chinese were thought to be the first people to ferment cabbage and create what we now call sauerkraut. They most likely did this to cure the cabbage so it would last longer. Later, they would discover that this newly discovered way to prepare cabbage would come with some wonderful benefits for our bodies. After the Chinese discovered it, the Germans made it famous and gave it the name that we adopted into English. Today people all over the world use sauerkraut as a condiment or compliment to their favor foods.
However, did you know that fermenting the cabbage brings out more nutrition than simply eating raw or steamed cabbage? This video will show you 7 health benefits of sauerkraut.

1. Helps in Weight Loss
Eating sauerkraut on a regular basis could help you get rid of those unwanted pounds. It could also help you keep them off. Like many vegetables, cabbage and its fermented version—sauerkraut doesn’t contain very many calories. It’s also high in fiber so it keeps you full for a long time and aids in digestion.

2. Bolsters the Immune System
Sauerkraut contains probiotics that help maintain a healthy digestive tract. It fights against leaky gut which can wreak havoc or our immune systems. Having a diet that’s rich in probiotics like those that come from sauerkraut, keep us from becoming so susceptible to common infections. 3. Lowers Stress
More and more researchers are discovering the correlation between a healthy digestive tract and cognitive function. They say that when our stomachs aren’t well, we can’t think clearly. Sauerkraut helps create good bacteria and maintain a healthy environment for digestion. Doing so cuts down on stress and allows us to process information like we should.

4. Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers
High in antioxidants, sauerkraut could reduce the risk of some cancers. It’s believed that these very same antioxidants can prevent cell mutations and curb excessive cell growth. Both of these typically lead to the growth of tumors.

5. Improves Digestion
If you’ve had to take antibiotics for long periods of time, they have stripped your digestive tract of good bacteria and allowed harmful bacteria to take over. The probiotics in sauerkraut can help fix this imbalance. Sauerkraut also contains enzymes that can better breakdown nutrients. When these nutrients are broken down into smaller molecules, they’re digested easier.

6. Leads to Stronger Bones
In order to have strong bones, we need a lot of Vitamin K2. Sauerkraut is a good source of Vitamin K2 that will lead to stronger, healthier bones.

7. Improves Cardiovascular Health
Sauerkraut could lead to a stronger heart. By reducing cholesterol, with its high fiber count, it will allow for better circulation and less stress on one our bodies’ most important organs.

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Grow Larger Vegetables with Rock Dust – Benefits and How to Apply



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John from is visited by Don Weaver, who wrote the book on rock dust and soil remineralization. In this eposide, learn about the benefits of using rock dust as well as how much to apply.

The Benefits of Baking Soda in the Garden ~ Noreen’s Garden



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Greetings! Today I am sharing the benefits of using baking soda in your garden! I think these are fun and helpful tips using a very economical product in the garden as well as in your home and for your health and more!

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Commercial Grower Tips & Benefits: Crackling Fire Begonias



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Crackling Fire is a new boliviensis begonia series from Suntory offered to growers who want a begonia that can be grown in a smaller pot. Its upright habit offers durability and compactness that is sure to bring large benefits when shipping times become hectic and survivability is a must to get this plant to market. This plant is self-cleaning and low maintenance. Crackling Fire looks great in a hanging basket, window box or patio container. The colors are distinct and will entice customers when displayed. These begonias’ are drought resistant which is a great selling point, but be careful to not over water this begonia. Known as a bedding plant, these begonias also look good in a variety of places, just get creative. This series of begonias from The Suntory Collection is different because of its tighter growth habit, which will aid the grower in shipping. This plant also likes to be grown warm initially to get good vegetative growth established. Visit suntorycollection.com for this and other great plants offering outstanding grower benefits. Presented by Elizabeth Elan, of The Suntory Collection, and Aaron McDonald, from Botany Lane Greenhouse.

Doctors Grow and Eat Plants for the Most Health Benefits



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John from goes on a field trip to visit his friends, Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. home, who he helped them build and start to grow their vegetable garden in 2010. In this episode, you will get the 6 year update on how their garden is growing, and what they are still growing this time of year.

You will discover the Dina’s favorite vegetable they grow that provides them year-round nutrient-dense food to eat year round that has been growing for 6 years.. You will discover how easy it is to propogate purple perennial tree collards by taking tip cuttings, and putting them in water until they root and then transplanting them into 4″ pots. You will also discover why they started this year making their compost and how they can ensure it is ready sooner rather than later.

Finally, John will interview Dr. Rick Dina, D.c. and ask him the following questions:
16:10 Why did you decide to start gardening and grow your own food?
17:40 Why are Tree Collards Greens so important?
19:14 Why should people grow and eat leafy greens?
23:10 Can you get enough protein from greens and other foods from your garden?
24:25 How can someone eat more greens in their diet?
28:25 Why is eating more plants important?
31:41 What dietary lifestyle do you recommend to people?
36:53 Tell me more about the upcoming free health summit you and your wife are having?
39:36 Any final tips for my viewers?
41:08 How can people get ahold of you for nutritional consulting?

Previous Episodes Filmed at the Home of Doctors Rick and Karin Dina, D.C.:

Part 1 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Planning, Site Selection, Layout, Placement (from 2010)

Part 2 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Shopping, Preparation, Supplies and Irrigation

Part 3 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Irrigation from Sprinklers to Drip System

Part 4 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Pressure Test, Post Holes and Concrete

Part 5 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Sides, Gophers Protection, Sheet Mulch and Filling

Part 6 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Drip Irrigation Install 1/2″ PVC to Drip Tube

Part 7 of 7 How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: Drip Emitter Install and Final Testing!

Update from Dr. Rick and Dr Karin’s Garden in late 2010

Update from Dr. Rick and Dr. Karins Garden in Earyl 2011: Aphids

Update after 1 year in their Garden May 2011

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Learn the Benefits of Gardening in Raised Beds



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Raised beds offer a simple and effective way to create a healthy and productive garden by manipulating the growing environment for the better. And the best part is, no matter how bad the ground you’re starting with, ideal planting conditions can be created for soil structure and drainage; essential keys to success.

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