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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.


Plant Plant!



9 Food Cures You Can Grow

9 Food Cures You Can Grow At Home

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We just discovered a great article about food cures you can grow at home… reminding you that you can sometimes be self reliant – always a good feeling. These are some of the most popular, best herbs that have been used in home remedies since ancient times.

I am reminded of the”meme” that has been seen flying around the internet lately: “Medicine is not healthcare. Medicine is sickcare. Food is healthcare.”

These herbs not only have culinary uses but have numerous medicinal uses. To make life easier for you I have listed the nine herbs. (We also have fully-detailed pages on a number of these – so if you really want to go deep, follow those links too!) Be aware however that the original source also contains growing tips for some of the herbs, and some quick application tips.

Aleo Vera– burns, sunburn, healing the digestive tract. Not really a culinary herb per se, but the soft gel could be added to smoothies.

– headaches, pain relief.

Lavender – skin conditions, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.

Lemon Balm – cold sores, insect bites, natural insect repellent.

Peppermint – make tea with fresh peppermint leaves to ease nausea and minor digestive complaints.

Parsley – immune booster, also chew for fresh breath.

Rosemary – mood lifting, cold soothing with cinnamon.

Sage – infuse some sage leaves with boiling water, and when cooled, gargle for sore throat.

Thyme – antioxidant and antiseptic. Do not use if pregnant.

Ok here is the link to the original list: http://www.organicgardening.com/living/9-food-cures-you-can-grow-at-home

FYI: Without Bees?



26 Mosquito Repellent Plants

26 Mosquito Repellent Plants

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Recently, we shared a the post – “5 Easy to Grow Mosquito Repelling Plants” which was very popular. We did some more digging and found even more info on mosquito repellent plants over at Hibiscus And More blog where they have a list of 26 along with 5 tips on ways to discourage the mosquitoes in your yard.

Gardening And More: Mosquito Repellent Plants

Grow A Lemon Tree From Seed

How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seed


May 2, 2013 – admin

Lemon tree seedling @ about 1 month. Image – growingwildceeds.com

Have you ever wanted your very own lemon tree? Imagine in a few years time… sitting in it’s cool shade… a soft summer breeze is blowing and gorgeous lemons hang perfectly from the branches, calling you to pick them and make them into delicious lemonade. I can tell from here that you’re sold on the idea!

I found a really great tutorial on how to grow a lemon tree from seed!

One of the things I love about this tutorial is that the process is super easy, and fun – so it’s a perfect project for kids (unlike the soap making tutorial, which sadly is definitely not kid-friendly owing to the chemicals involved!)

Another thing I love about this (the lemon tree tutorial) is that it is finding and teaching immense value in things that we normally take for granted. We throw away the possibility of several lemon trees every time we discard a lemon that we are done with.

And then of course, there is the ecological angle. Whether or not you believe in global warming, you can surely agree on one thing: We cut down trees way faster than we are growing them, deforestation is a problem and forests are a good thing. Cool, green leafiness is a good thing. Trees “clean” the air we breathe, and that’s something we can’t really have too much of. So this is one small way in which you can do something to be proud of. Years ago, I worked for a forestry company and personally planted thousands of trees. Although it was tough work, there was truly an inner sense of accomplishment and reward unlike any I have felt doing any other work. Plant trees! Just do it! You will love yourself for it later, I promise.

For some reason lemons have been the focus in the last week. I also created a big page on Lemon Essential Oil – and you might also be interested in this post on How To Make An Amazing “Detox Water”.

One last thing before I send you the tutorial – have you seen my crazy list of the Top 20 Weird But Amazing Uses For Lemon Juice?

Here’s the link to the full tutorial – a fun, easy and rewarding weekend project: http://growingwildceeds.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/how-to-grow-a-lemon-tree-from-seed/

Have a great weekend and let us know how you get on!

Garden Companions



A Maxim


6 Clean Air Plants

1. Bamboo Palm 2. Snake Plant 3. Areca Palm
4. Spider Plant 5. Peace Lily 6. Gerbera Daisy

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