19/06/2013Posted on: How to Start
Tomatoes are one of the world’s most widely grown vegetables, they can be eaten fresh, cooked, dried, squeezed, but that’s not all: the plant and leaves are very useful too! They can be used to make easy and effective concoctions to defend your plants from undesired attacks: tomato plants are an efficient ingredient especially to help fight aphids and cabbage, or large white, butterflies – against which they work by contact – and they function as a repellent to ward of many other phytophagous insects.
Tommaso Turchi14/06/2013Posted on: Balcony garden
The peanut, or Arachis hypogaea, is an annual plant with a cespitose habit that belongs to the Fabacee family, better known as the legumes. Numerous drawings found in South America demonstrate that it was already grown in Pre-Columbian times. Today it is mainly grown in Africa and Asia, but it’s also found in the Americas and in Australia; in Europe it’s grown in areas where the climate is mild, such as the Mediterranean countries. Peanuts can also be grown in your Balcony-garden, the plant is vigorous and only requires minimum care. Find a nice sunny spot, the plants will reward you with an abundant harvest of peanuts while at the same time enriching – by fixing nitrogen from the air – the soil that has been impoverished by previous crops.
Tommaso Turchi10/06/2013Posted on: Balcony garden
Solanum melongena, is the scientific name of the aubergine or eggplant. Probably native to the sub-tropical areas of Asia, it was already grown a thousand years ago on the African coasts of the Mediterranean and was introduced to Southern Europe by the Arabs, in around the 15th Century. Nowadays there a numerous varieties, of different shapes and colours, which ripen in various periods; all of them can be grown in your Balcony-garden and, if you choose a sheltered sunny spot for them, they’ll give you an abundant and healthy harvest.
Decoction and fermented extract of horsetail, homemade organic remedies to fight fungal diseases and strengthen your plants10/06/2013Posted on: How to Start
Common horsetail, also known as field horsetail (scientific name equisetum arvense), is a very special plant. Equisetum already existed 300 million years ago and is the only genus in the Equisetaceae family that has not become extinct (almost a living fossil!), in fact if you look at it closely, its almost alien shape decidedly reveals its ancient origins.
06/06/2013Posted on: How to Start
Dear friends of Grow the Planet, let me introduce myself: my name is Gianumberto Accinelli and I’m an entomologist. Yes, that’s right, I’m one of those very rare people that gets up in the morning and doesn’t build roads, doesn’t repair pipes, isn’t involved in world peace-keeping but simply has to think of the best way of accommodating their ladybirds.