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Air layering - A method of propagating your favourite plant

Special thanks to Mrs.JayaKrishnaVeni for her support in bringing this article into this website. Air layering is a method of propagating your favourite plant, asexually with all the genetics of the main plant. First, identify the plant or tree you would want to propagate. Secondly, you can follow any of the two methods described below. Method I: Make two cuts, two inches apart, in the bark of the branch of the selected plant. The cut should not be deeper, just short enough to get through the bark. Remove the bark between the two cuts to expose the next layer of the stem (cambium). Remove the second layer too to get a little deeper into the stem. This can be done by scratching it out. If you don’t remove this layer properly, the propagation could fail. Now, the stem is ready for packing material around it. Method II: Make a cut by inserting a knife, reaching the center of the stem and then upwards two inches long. Insert a tooth pick or some other material, like coco peat, which sepa
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Can we achieve perfect soil with cow?

  Special thanks to Mr.Praveen Karri for his support in bringing this article into this website.   What is soil? Soil is an aggregate of four basic components: mineral solids, water, air and organic matter. Depending on how much of each is present in soil determines what makes good soil for growing crops for human and animal consumption, or for flowers that will adorn the dining room table. Soil health (also referred to as soil quality) can then be defined as “the capacity of a soil to function within ecosystems and land use applications that can sustain productivity, maintain environmental quality and promote plant and animal health.” Characteristics of healthy soil include: • Good soil tilth • Sufficient depth • Proper levels of nutrients • Good drainage • Large populations of beneficial organisms • Resistance to weeds and degradation • Resilient when unfavorable conditions occur Many of us don’t have to look any farther than our home yards and lawns to be able to understand basic s

Biochar - Carbon Gold.

Special thanks to Amol Palshetkar for his support in bringing this article into this website.                S oil is a living thing! A teaspoon of healthy soil has more living organisms in it than all the people on the planet. Plants used living soil to stay healthy and strong relying on it to deliver water oxygen and nutrients to communicate and shared resources through networks of microbes in a natural environment. Soil quality is naturally brilliant so everything works as it should but in towns and cities golf courses, football pitches and even gardens and allotments the soil has become much lower quality than in woodlands. In some cases where fungicides and pesticides have been overused soil becomes barren much to the detriment of the grass, flowers, trees and crops we rely on but there's an easy solution to permanently improve soil quality in all environments. Biochar             B iochar is a very porous and high carbon form of charcoal that has three beneficial effe

Is soil a living organism?

Special thanks to Praveen Karri for his support in bringing this article into this website. Is soil a living organism? It is very obvious that healthy plants need healthy soil for healthy growth. To understand this concept, let us dig around why plants need the nutrient rich soil and how plants absorb them.  Effect of Fertilizers on plants & soil Soil needs to contain minerals and the life research shows that the widespread use of synthetic fertilizer leads to soils that no longer have the required biota for healthy plant growth. Fertilizer comes from a time when there was no understanding of the long-term effects of their usage on the soil. There was a belief that fertilizer was a miracle that doubled the harvests and growers were able to provide the required food for growing population. But unfortunately, now after years of using synthetic fertilizers the effects on soil quality are apparent, increasingly it is seen that fewer nutritional minerals remain in the soil resulting in

Dead Soil (Vs) Life in the Soil

Ever take a walk through a forest and then think back to your garden so why is one growing in the other not soil see in the forest soil. There are some very important yet practically invisible populations that make the organic ecosystem what it is Let’s take a moment to meet just two important ones first is bacteria they act like tiny food storage banks for your plants so tiny up to thousand can fit inside the period at the end of the sentence they are the Earth's primary de-composers of organic matter locking up nutrients close to the plants roots that might otherwise leach out when the bacteria die those nutrients are released to the plant A second key helper for plants is mycorrhiza this beneficial fungus lives symbiotically with the plants roots the roots give the carbon. The fungus needs to grow and the fungus transports water and nutrients beyond the reach of the roots there's a problem though as humans we have a bad habit of unintentionally destroying everything around u

Is poultry litter a good fertilizer or a good soil amendment?

 As poultry industry getting too much commercial and every person making business on it thinking to get great returns in less time with minimal loss. Hence some of them are going in a route which is harmful to environment. let us look is the poultry manure purchased from a commercial poultry farmer. This waste is possibly significant for land application as a natural compost due to its moderately high supplement content particularly nitrogen(ammonia), owing to characteristically elevated levels of protein and amino acids . Chicken litter is a aggregate of fowl feces, feathers, bedding substances and split feeds, medicines, and water and so forth.  Is also contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms which includes micro organism, fungi, viruses and parasitic protozoa, and helminthes; antibiotics and pathogenic microbes with antibiotic-resistant genes; heavy metals; increase and intercourse hormones together with estrogen, mainly 17 beta estradiol, and testosterone; and insecticides whic

Cultivation of Rose

About Author of this article: Mr.Manjunath is Innovative farmer cultivating rose organically from Doddamanchi, Karnataka. He makes products like Rose herbal tea, Gulkhand, Rose Oil, Rose Water,Potpouri, Rose perfume, etc. You can reach him on mail2me.manjunath@gmail.com, 8971678861 Introduction : Arka Savi: It is a spray category of rose belonging to floribunda group. Flowers are Purple Pink in colour and are produced in bunches. ‘Arka Savi’ is identified for its floriferous nature with high yield. Potential yield of flowers expected is 30 tons/acre/year. In addition to high yield, it has added advantage of long shelf life of 5-6 days. Source : https://www.iihr.res.in/rose-arka-savi BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION OF ROSES •Rose belongs to family Rosaceae. •Majority types of this species with minor difference belongs to genus Rosa. •There are around 150 perceived and portrayed types of roses. •The genus Rosa is divided into 4 sub genera namely- Eurosa, Platyrhodon,Hesperhodos, Hulthemia. Fl