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Benefits Of Cinnamon On Plants: Using Cinnamon For Pests, Cuttings, & Fungicide

By Anne Baley

Cinnamon is a wonderful flavor addition to cookies, cakes and any number of other foods, but to gardeners, it’s so much more. This versatile spice can be used to help root cuttings, to prevent fungus from killing small seedlings and even for keeping pests away from your home. Once you learn how to use cinnamon powder for plant health, you’ll think twice about grabbing harsh chemicals for your gardening needs.

Benefits of Cinnamon on Plants

The benefits of cinnamon on plants is widespread and you may end up reaching for the spice almost daily. Here are some of the most common uses of cinnamon in gardens:

Cinnamon for pests

If you have a problem with ants [1] in your home or greenhouse, cinnamon is a good deterrent. Ants don’t like to walk where cinnamon powder lays, so summer ant problems will be decreased.

Use cinnamon for pests inside and outside your house. Find their entryway and sprinkle cinnamon powder in the path. Cinnamon won’t kill the ants in your home, but it will help to keep them from coming inside. If you have a problem with ants in your child’s sandbox, mix a container of cinnamon powder with the sand, mixing it well. Ants will steer clear of the sand.

Cinnamon as rooting agent

Cinnamon as a rooting agent is as useful as willow water [2] or hormone rooting powder [3]. A single application to the stem when you plant the cutting will stimulate root growth in almost every plant variety.

Give your cuttings [4]a quick start with the help of cinnamon powder. Pour a spoonful onto a paper towel and roll damp stem ends in the cinnamon. Plant the stems in fresh potting soil [5]. The cinnamon will encourage the stem to produce more stems, while helping to prevent the fungus that causes damping-off disease.

Cinnamon fungicide control

Damping off disease [6] is a fungus-based problem that hits small seedlings just as they begin to grow. Cinnamon will help prevent this problem by killing the fungus. It also works with other fungal problems exhibited on older plants, such as slime mold [7] and with deterring mushrooms in planters [8].

Take advantage of cinnamon fungicide control by making a cinnamon spray for plants. Stir some cinnamon into warm water and allow it to steep overnight. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter and put the results into a spray bottle. Spray the stems and leave of affected plants, and mist the potting soil in plants that have a mushroom problem.

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FYI: Companion Planting

16 Way to Use Companion Planting to Control Pests Naturally

companion planting

Companion planting is a way of planting in which you inter-plant different varieties of plants to enhance growth or aid in pest control. Companion planting is based on years of  experience passed down through the generations and some scientific studies. Over all, companion planting is simply about plants helping each other- to grow better, to fend off pest and to taste better. Some plants do better when planted with a certain type of neighbor, and some should not be placed in close proximity to each other. How can companion planting help you fight your garden pests? Here’s a list of 16 ways to get the most out of your companion planting pest control.


16 Ways to Use Companion Planting to Control Pests

1. If your beans are struggling with Mexican Bean Larvae, try mixing in some marigold plants in your rows. Marigolds can help with a number of pests including cabbage worms and aphids. Sprinkle them throughout your garden!

2. Interplant celery with your cauliflower to help repel the white cabbage butterfly.

3. Planting cucumber with your corn is mutually beneficial. The cucumber plants will help keep the racoons off of your corn, while the corn will help reduce wilt in your cucumbers.

4. Plant radishes in your cucumber hills- just a couple- and leave them there all season. This will help protect your cucumbers against cucumber beetles. This also works with squash and melons that are attacked by the striped cucumber beetle.

5. Growing beans among your eggplant will help repel the Colorado potato beetle.

6. Mix parsley into your carrot rows to help repel the carrot fly.

7. Grow nasturtiums with your squash to help keep that dreaded squash bug away.

8. Put tomato plants in your asparagus bed after the early spears have be harvested to keep the asparagus beetles away. Plant the tomatoes on the side of the bed, leaving the asparagus intact- don’t cut it!

companion planting basil with tomatoes9. Garlic planted with your tomatoes can help with red spider mites.

10. Grow your basil alongside your tomato rows for insect control as well as flavor enhancement.

11. Oregano can be planted with broccoli to help repel the cabbage butterfly.

12. Sage is also helpful to all brassicas by protecting them from the white cabbage butterfly. It is also helpful to carrots since it protects them from the carrot fly.

13. Thyme deters the cabbage worm, so it is good placed in your rows of cabbage, broccoli, kale, and other brassicas.

14. Wormwood is a repellent for a number of pests such as moths, flea beetles and cabbage moth butterfly. But it is best as a border plant since most plants do not like growing near it. On another note, wormwood is also great for natural pest control in your livestock. We feed it to our non-pregnant goats and our chickens for a natural way to fight intestinal worms.

15. Alternate rows of bush beans and rows of potatoes for a mutual relationship. Potatoes protect the beans from the Mexican bean beetles while the beans help keep away the Colorado potato beetle.

16. Add calendula to your tomatoes and asparagus (see #8) to deter tomato hornworm and asparagus beetles.

Have you tried companion planting? I’d love to hear your experiences!

© 2014, Sarah Toney. All rights reserved.


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5 Simple Things Consumers Can Do to Prevent Food Waste

Five Simple Things Consumers Can Do to Prevent Food Waste | Nourishing the Planet.


Five Simple Things Consumers Can Do to Prevent Food Waste

January 18, 2012 – By Graham Salinger

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reports that an estimated one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is wasted annually. In the United States, an estimated 40 percent of edible food is thrown away by retailers and households. In the United Kingdom, 8.3 million tons of food is wasted by households each year. To make the world more food secure consumers need to make better use of the food that is produced by wasting less.

Food waste remains a large factor contributing to food insecurity around the world, but consumers can help reduce the amount of food that is wasted each year. (Photo credit: Back to the Garden Inc)

Today, Nourishing the Planet presents five ways that consumers can help prevent food waste.

1. Compost: In addition to contributing to food insecurity, food waste is harmful to the environment. Rotting food that ends up in landfills releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, that is a major contributor to global climate change and can negatively affect crop yields. Composting is a process that allows food waste to be converted into nutrient rich organic fertilizer for gardening.

Compost in Action: In Denver, the city contracts with A1 Organics, a local organic recycling business, to take people’s waste and turn it into compost for local farmers. Similarly, a new pilot program in New York City allows patrons to donate food scraps to a composting company that gives the compost to local farmers.

2. Donate to food banks: Donating food that you don’t plan to use is a great way to save food while helping to feed the needy in your community.

Food Banks in Action: In Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Community Food Bank relies on food donations to supply 20 million pounds of food to the poor each year. In Tennessee, the Second Harvest Food Bank works to reduce waste resulting from damaged cans by testing the cans to make sure that they don’t have holes in them that would allow food to spoil. For more on how you can donate food that would otherwise go to waste, visit Feed America, a national network of food banks.

3. Better home storage: Food is often wasted because it isn’t stored properly which allows it to mold, rot, or get freezer burn. By storing food properly consumers can reduce the amount of food they waste.

Better storage in Action:  The National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) is a great resource for consumers to learn a range of techniques to increase the shelf life of food. For example, they recommend blanching vegetables, briefly boiling vegetables in water, and then freezing them. They also stress canning fruits and vegetables to protect them against bacteria.

4. Buy less food: People often buy more food than they need and allow the excess food to go to waste. Reducing food waste requires that consumers take responsibility for their food consumption. Instead of buying more food, consumers should buy food more responsibly.

Buying Less Food in Action: Making a shopping list and planning meals before shopping will help you buy the amount of food that is needed so that you don’t waste food. There are a number of services that help consumers shop responsibly—Mealmixer and e-mealz help consumers make a weekly shopping list that fits the exact amount of food that they need to buy. Eating leftovers is another great way to reduce the amount of food that needs to be purchased. At leftoverchef.com, patrons can search for recipes based on leftover ingredients that they have.  Similarly, Love Food Hate Waste, offers cooking enthusiasts recipes for their leftovers.

5. Responsible grocery shopping: Consumers should make sure that they shop at places that practice responsible waste management. Many grocery stores are hesitant to donate leftovers to food banks because they are worried about possible liabilities if someone gets sick. But consumers can encourage grocery chains to reduce food waste by supporting local food banks in a responsible manner.

Responsible grocery shopping in Action: Safeway and Vons grocery chains donate extra food to Feeding America. Additionally, Albertsons started a perishable food recovery program that donates meat and dairy to food banks. The Fresh Rescue program, which partners with various national supermarkets,  has also helped food banks with fundraising in 37 states.

Do you know of other simple ways that consumers can help in reducing food waste? Let us know in the comments section!

Graham Salinger is a research interns for the Nourishing the Planet project.

To read more about food waste, see: Reducing Food Waste: Making the Most of Our Abundance, Innovation of the Week: Reducing Food Waste, and Fresh Ideas for Food Waste.

Stand by Adam Guerrero and Defend the Right to Garden! – YouTube

Stand by Adam Guerrero and Defend the Right to Garden! – YouTube.

Breaking News: Adam Gets to Keep His Front Yard Garden!

Readers of oknow that kitchen gardens and urban homesteading went on trial this week in Memphis when high school teacher, Adam Guerrero, was ordered to remove his garden or face legal action.  Thousands of petition signatures,  facebook likes and emails later, I’m thrilled to report that Adam gets to keep his front yard garden. And it gets even better because the city of Memphis was so impressed by the support Adam and his garden received that it’s going to help him locate a lot in his neighborhood for a new community garden.  I’m proud that the KGI community was able to play such an active role in this case. Thanks to all who supported this campaign. Your efforts combined with those from others from the food garden movement helped send a strong statement that kitchen gardens are not the problem, but are a key part of the solution to healthy and sustainable communities. Thanks and best wishes, Roger

PS: And please remember what your mom taught you: be sure to say thank you. After receiving so many emails from KGI members this week with “Save Adama’s Garden” in the subject header, Judge Potter would probably be quite happy to receive a few with “Thank You.”  You can send them here: larry.potter@shelbycountytn.gov

Woman Faces 93-Days In Jail For Growing Vegetable Garden | Health Freedom Alliance

Woman Faces 93-Days In Jail For Growing Vegetable Garden | Health Freedom Alliance.

Woman Faces 93-Days In Jail For Growing Vegetable Garden

Submitted by Lois Rain on July 11, 2011 – 11:13 am
Oak Park, MI Garden

Does THIS strike you as “unsuitable”?

Revenue-ing and government idleness at its worst. Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan faces 93 days in jail for doing the unthinkable – growing organic veggies on her own property.

Her crime? According to city planner Kevin Rulkowski, “That’s not what we want to see in a front yard.” She is cited for breaking a code that states “a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material.” Yet her garden is well kept and could be mistaken for flower beds. Rulkowski defines “suitable” as what’s “common.”

So why doesn’t Ms. Bass cave or grow her garden in the backyard to avoid arrest? “I could sell out and save my own self and just not have them bother me anymore, but then there’s no telling what they’re going to harass the next person about,” she said. Julie Bass – we salute you!

You can help her by respectfully voicing your concern to Mr. Rulkowski:

248-691-7450 krulkowski@ci.oak-park.mi.us

For further accountability, you may wish to CC city manager Rick Fox rfox@ci.oak-park.mi.us (248-691-7406) and Oak Park mayor, Gerald Naftaly gnaftaly@att.net. Or all of city council.

Stay updated on her plight and donate to her legal fund here.

What will happen when other economically strapped city planners wish to fill their time busting people for subjective code enforcements? Who are the victims in these “crimes”?

Adam Kokesh of RT News illustrates in the video below, the strange contradiction that Mrs. Obama is heralded for growing organic veggies on White House property, but an Oak Park woman faces three months in jail for doing the same! He also verses Kevin Rulkowski on some basic definitions.

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Urban Foodies Look to Their Past and Find Recipes for Healthy Futures – COLORLINES

Urban Foodies Look to Their Past and Find Recipes for Healthy Futures – COLORLINES.

Urban Foodies Look to Their Past and Find Recipes for Healthy Futures

Photo: Timothy Vollmer/Creative Commons

Wednesday, June 22 2011, 10:17 AM EST

Ola Akinmowo has built an oasis in her apartment in central Brooklyn, a neighborhood that food justice advocates have identified as a food desert.

I visited her for dinner one night last week and she made a vegan version of the Eba Egusi, a dish that consists of ground cassava (yucca) made into a mound, with a stew featuring ground melon seeds and red palm oil, both of which she purchased in the neighborhood African market. For breakfast, she makes a smoothie with fruits purchased from the farmer’s market in a nearby yuppie neighborhood, or frozen from Trader Joe’s. She puts in flax seed oil, oatmeal and spirulina from the health food store on Fulton Street, central Brooklyn’s main drag. Her 9-year-old daughter, who is not a fan of smoothies, eats roasted potatoes, some fresh fruit and perhaps some vegetables.

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Off The Grid News » 5 Reasons EVERYONE Should Have a Garden » Print

Off The Grid News » 5 Reasons EVERYONE Should Have a Garden » Print.

5 Reasons EVERYONE Should Have a Garden

Posted By Samara On May 20, 2011 @ 5:00 pm In Food,Gardening | 2 Comments

But I don’t have a green thumb, there are gross worms, and I don’t like getting dirty anyway! I have heard so many reasons from people why they don’t have a garden. Here are five reasons that everyone should have one—even if you think your thumb is as black as dirt.  Namely:   Self-sufficiencyStress Relief,  Awareness,  Connection,  Health (Read more)

The Best Way to Germinate Vegetable Seeds | eHow.com

The Best Way to Germinate Vegetable Seeds | eHow.com.

The Best Way to Germinate Vegetable Seeds

Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Does | Food | AlterNet

Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Does | Food | AlterNet.


Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Does

There are at least five reasons why more of us should take up the spade, make some compost, and start gardening with a vengeance.

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Spring has sprung — at least south of the northern tier of states where snow still has a ban on it — and the grass has ‘riz. And so has the price of most foods, which is particularly devastating just now when so many Americans are unemployed, underemployed, retired or retiring, on declining or fixed incomes and are having to choose between paying their mortgages, credit card bills, car payments, and medical and utility bills and eating enough and healthily. Many are eating more fast food, prepared foods, junk food — all of which are also becoming more expensive — or less food.   (Read more)