The Easiest Composting Ever – Using Leaves!

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Want a super easy composting method that takes virtually no work? Beg, borrow and steal all the leaves you can and watch this video to turn them in to garden gold!
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GARDEN UPDATE: no dig border & using last years leaves as compost

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Sorry we haven’t posted in a while, but we will be back making regular videos in the new year. If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know. In this video I show my no dig border and how we are using last years leaves to cover it for winter. Hope you enjoy, thanks for watching.

Planting Potatoes – Back to Eden Gardening Organic Method in Wood Chips & Composting Leaves

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WHY we CUT potatoes before Planting. These Two Methods of Planting Potatoes using Back to Eden Gardening with wood chips and composting leaves are explained.

Yellow Marks on Cucumbers Leaves, Insect Damage & Treatment: Neem Oil – TRG 2014

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The best defense for maintaining healthy cucumber plants is early identification and treatment of insect damage. Cucumbers are very often attacked by soft bodied insects and spider mites. Spider mites hit my cucumbers every year. This video shows you how recognize the signs of insect damage on your cucumber plant’s leaves. Neem oil is a great treatment for the soft bodied and chewing insects. And it can be a great way to prevent attacks. Neem oil 100% organic.
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Plants You Can Grow From Cuttings and Leaves That gives excellent Results

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Growing new plants from cuttings is a great way to increase your stock in a relatively short time. Rooted cuttings are often sturdier than seedlings, and come to maturity faster, many of them bearing flowers and fruits much earlier than seedlings.
Plants grown from cuttings are exact clones of the parent plant, so you know exactly what you’re growing, which is not the case with seed-grown plants.

When selecting a stem from the mother-plant, you should look for young, green growth. Young stems will always root better than more mature, woodier stems.
Cut just below a node (the joint where a leaf meets the stem) with a sharp pair of scissors. As an added precaution against contamination
You could also sterilize them with rubbing alcohol.
Plants send out new roots from nodes, so by exposing some of the node’s interior, you increase the chances of your new plant sending out a root from that node.
While the new plant need leaves to provide energy through photosynthesis, too many leaves will compete with the plant’s efforts to send out new roots. Leaving only 2-leaves is a good option.

Following plant cuttings give excellent results.

1. Rose.
Take 10-inch long hardwood cuttings of pencil thickness in fall and plant out in the chosen location. Water the cuttings thoroughly until winter.

2. Hydrangea.
Take 4-inch long tip cuttings carrying 3-4 pairs of leaves. Remove the lowest pair and trim the stem closer to the node. Insert into moist rooting medium and cover with plastic sheet. You can trim the larger-leaves by 3/4th to reduce water-loss through evaporation.

6-8 inches long cuttings can be rooted, but it helps if the parent plant is allowed to wilt slightly prior to taking the cuttings. Withdraw water for a week and then take the cuttings 12-hours after watering the plant. The rehydrated stems take root more easily.

2-3 inch sections of the leaf can be used to make new plants. You can thus make a large number of plants from one parent plant. The only problem with this method of propagation is that the new plants will not carry the original variegation. Sections of rhizomes should be planted to retain the variegation.

5.Rex Begonia.
All you need to grow these big-leaved beauties is a single leaf. Make a few slashes on the prominent veins on the underside of the leaf and lay it on a moist bed of peat-moss and sharp sand in equal proportions. Weight the leaf down with a few pebbles so that the cut edges remain in contact with the bed. Keep in a warm, well-lit place and watch the new plants appearing at these cut edges.

Some of the other popular plants that can be grown from cuttings include: lavender, Comfrey, Philodendrons, Holly, Fuchsia and many others.

Almost all herbs can be grown from cuttings and can be even grown in water.
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Hot composting/dry leaves and grass clippings Part 1

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Getting a head start on next year’s compost.
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Why oak trees drop leaves in summer |Daphne Richards |Central Texas Gardener

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Yikes, is something wrong with my oak tree? Why is it dropping leaves in summer instead of in spring? Daphne Richards answers why trees drop their leaves in times of drought. Plant of the week: cool weather herb cilantro.

Purple Tomato Leaves and Stems: Problem, Fix & Don’t Worry -TRG 2015

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Some purpling on the lower stem and on the undersides of leaves on new plants is perfectly normal and okay. Deeper purple stems up the entire stem or purple veining leaves in older transplants can be an issue. A well balanced NPK liquid fertilizer at 1/2 strength and some Epsom Salts will fix your plant and restore the green.

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COMPOSTING LEAVES ONLY ( aka Leaf Mold ) for Building Healthy Organic Soil

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Composting with only leaves for Garden soil improvement building healthy organic garden soil. Adding this compost will be the best thing you will ever do for your organic garden soil. Leaf mold will add water holding capability to your garden. Start a compost pile today. To build soil health. Composting 101.

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Build Fantastic Soil and Fertilize using Leaf Mold (compost) made from Autumn Leaves and Wood chips

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This time of year it is a great time to start preparing your soil for the next growing season. A few weeks ago I spoke about how I prepare my garden beds using mulch to add fertility over the winter. After putting down mulch on all of my garden beds and making my hot compost I was left with a few bags of autumn leaves.
With this surplus today I thought I would show you how I make leaf mold and some of the value its use in the garden can bring.
What is Leaf Mold?
Leaf mold is compost that is made when fungi are responsible for the decomposition process of high carbon materials such as autumn leaves. [1]
The key benefit of leaf mold is that it when completed it contains humus.
Adding humus to soil helps alleviate soil compaction improving root penetration. Humus helps bring air, water and nutirents into the soil while acting as a habitat for bacteria. At a cellular level humus is the hollowed out shells of once living cells that act as a sponge in the soil holding moisture and nutrients in place that would otherwise leach out.
Leaves also come with a large number of essential and beneficial elements. Trees take up the nutrients from the soil and subsoil and incorporate them into the wood and the leaves. As the leaves fall in the autumn those elements are left in the tissue.
Last year we tested 4 common species of autumn leaves in my area including Birch, poplar, apple and russian olive. Maxxam analytics found that leaves have 10/15 commonly tested for trace elements that are essential or beneficial for plant growth.
The additional nutrients are easily incorporated into the nutrient cycle as the leaves break down. This is important as the same elements from the parent material that originally formed the soil in my area has taken over 10,000 years to release nutrients to the soil and as the soil is close to chemical equilibrium the process has slowed.
The fungi that dominated the decomposition process of our leaves will once applied to the garden help support the fungal populations in the soil to break down complex organic matter. Fungi can also form a mycorrhizal relationship with plants allowing them to access harder to reach nutrients and water.
In order to make sure that fungi are responsible for breaking down the leaf or woodchip material it is fairly simple. All you need to provide to make leaf mold is three factors carbon in the form of leaves, fungi and moisture.
The simplest method to make leaf mold is take a carbon rich source like autumn leaves or woodchips and simply pile them in an area of the garden where they will not get in the way. Usually you don’t need a nitrogen source but if you do it will speed up the decomposition process a little.
You don’t have to worry about applying fungi to the leaf pile. Your garden already has spores all over and they will inoculate the pile.

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LEAVES TURNING YELLOW? 10 TIPS to Fix Plant with Yellow or Brown Leaves | Leaf Chlorosis

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Why are my plant leaves turning yellow? I am sure every gardener has faced this problem of yellowing of leaves on their plants. And in Todays episode will look at the Top 10 reasons and tips to diagnose and how to fix plant with this problem of leaf yellowing.
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One of the most frustrating things in life is, when you work so hard to maintain and care for something and it doesn’t end up perfect! So, When you see leaves of your plant turning yellow, it’s time to investigate and find out the possible cause and revive a plant. Never loose heart and Do not worry, its not that difficult. This is a very common problem even with an expert gardener and The First line you deduce if there is yellowing of leaves is YOUR PLANT IS IN STRESS and then you start investigating for the reason.

You can follow these 10 tips and reasons and save a plant by following these tips and fixes.

The most common reason that plants’ leaves turn yellow is because of moisture stress, which can be from either over watering or under watering. If you have a plant that has yellow leaves, check the soil in the pot to see if the soil is too dry or too soggy.
If you believe that the problem is due to under watering, water the plant more often and vice versa. One Hint here is Indoor plants are more prone to over watering and out door plants to under watering.
2. Sunlight
Which is another common reason that plants’ leaves turn yellow, because not enough light is reaching the plant for photosynthesis. This can be corrected easily by knowing your plants light requirement and provide optimum exposure to sunlight.
3. Temperature
Leaves start turning yellow when it is either too hot or too cold. In terms of the cold temperatures, like for example adenium plants, the leaves start yellowing in winter and eventually fall off and the plant goes into the dormant state in winter. That’s called Winter Dormancy.
4. Fertilizers (Over or Under)
If you observe a strange pattern to yellowing of leaves, like if the veins on the leaves are green and the tissue is getting yellow or the edges or tips are yellow, then it is almost always a fertilizer misuse.
Commonly overuse of fertilizers is the problem, so it is important to use fertilizer at the recommended dosage.
And frequently people tend to use too much fertilizer on their plants to make them grow faster, but what it actually does is, it creates a toxic effect on the plant which “burns” the leaves and turns them yellow leaves or brown leaves including brown tips or at edges.
5. Transplant Shock: This is also a reason for leaf yellowing and falling.
6. Root bound plants are also prone to leaf yellowing and stunted growth of the plant.
7. Pest Attacks can also lead to the yellowing of the leaves which can suck and damage the leaves. And pests like aphids, mealy bugs, white flies, and thrips can be easily controlled organically and protect from these plant diseases. You can watch my video on the 5 ways to control these bugs here:
8. High PH – that is too alkaline soil which can also be the cause for leaves turning yellow. This is little difficult to diagnose unless you have a soil ph testing gadget.
9. Natural aging of the plant is also another reason for yellow leaves.
10. Nutritional deficiencies with poor potting soil or potting mix, commonly lack of nitrogen and also certain mineral deficiencies like iron, manganese and zinc.
One more condition called Leaf Chlorosis caused by nutritional deficiencies which interfere with photosynthesis and can lead to yellowing in initial stages, but this is a deadly condition which can affect a branch or the entire plant may eventually die. Sometimes it’s a complex process with multiple reasons and difficult to treat the problem and many are interlinked for example iron deficiency or iron chlorosis may be due to high soil ph with poor absorbtion of iron by plants and things like that.
So, there we have it folks, those were the top 10 reasons and tips on yellow leaf problem in plants. Happy Gardening!
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Best Organic Compost in Texas Made with Trees and Leaves

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John from goes on a field trip to Nature’s Ways Resources outside Houston, Texas to share with you how the best organic composts are made on an industrial scale with trees and leaves. In this episode you will learn about the essential components of creating high quality compost at home or on an industrial scale. You will learn about the two different types of compost that are available here and that you can make at home: Leaf Mold Compost (bacterial based) and Fungal compost (fungal based). You will also discover some questions to ask before you purchase compost to learn how good it really is.. You will also learn about some locally available rock dust alternatives including Texas Greensand and Granite Sand. Finally, you will learn what soil mixes John would use if he lived in the Houston, Texas area.

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