Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Show Notes: Ep10 Summer Fun

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Magickal Harvest Radio Show Notes Episode 10  

With July right around the corner and summer in full swing there really isn't much planting to be done, It is now the time to sit back and enjoy the warm summer nights and take in the wonderful herbal scents of your garden. (which is one of my favorite activities.)   The focus of many summer time gardening activities, other than enjoying what you have growing already,  is garden maintenance and support.

Dawn talked about different was of fertilizing your garden with out having to go out and buy anything.

1st up: Coffee grounds (used)

Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium – all important plant nutrients. They are also acidic, and help to maintain the acidity of the soil. Here’s what you do: take your used coffee grounds and dry them on a layer of newspaper on cookie sheet. Once they’ve dried completely, simply sprinkle them around the base of your plants. 
They can be used wet as well as a pest deterrent. Just sprinkle around our beds to keep slugs and other ground pest at bay.  
If you do not drink enough coffee for garden Check with your local coffee house and see if they will give you their grounds.What ever you don't use throw into the compost bin!

2: Fish Tank Water

You can use your fish tank water as a garden fertilizer: simply clean your fish tank once a month and use the water on your garden. Used fish tank water is full of nitrogen and other nutrients that plants need to thrive. Use a grave vac to collect all the sludge off the gravel and use that too!
* It might smell fishy when you first use it. The smell will fade quickly!

3: Human Urine: (Yes Folks we said Human Urine)

One of the most overlooked, unrecycled organic fertilizers......something everyone has access to and more effective than any other fertilizer on the market.

According to ecology.com, urine is 95 per cent water, 2.5 per cent of which is urea, and a further 2.5 per cent of which is a mixture of minerals, salts, hormones and enzymes. It is a blood byproduct but despite containing some bodily waste is non-toxic.

In 1975, Dr A. H. Free published his book Urinalysis in Clinical Laboratory Practice, presenting a few of the critical nutrients found in urine, including urea nitrogen, urea, creatinin nitrogen, creatinin, uric acid nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen, amino nitrogen, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, inorganic sulphate and inorganic phosphate.
During a pee, a healthy adult will release 11g nitrogen/urea, 1g phosphorus/super-phosphate and 2.5g potassium. Patrick Makhosi, a soil scientist with Uganda's Kawanda Agricultural Research Organisation, confirms the efficacy of human urine as a fertilizer. He says that applying urine to growing vegetables once every week for at least two months will more than double the yield.

1st: You can use it neat (not diluted at all) straight on the compost pile. This will act as an accelerator.

2nd: Mix fresh human urine with water in 1:10 ratio. Apply to base of plants
Use within 24 hours, though, because as urine sits, ammonia starts to develop and this is not good for your plants.

Homemade Pesticides

In "Bud, Blossom and Leaf - The Magical Herb Gardener’s Handbook” by Dorothy Morrison.
Dawn talked about the Different Recipes and Ideas offered in the great book! We are featuring it in Amazon Shop. Look to your left it is listed as an On Air Pick! 

FUN in the Sun

Homemade Frozen Yogurt (without an ice cream maker!)
Make as much as you need
Time: Freezing 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy (You can even let the kinds mix their own flavors)
  • plain, thick, full-fat yogurt (Greek style)
  • Flavorings....Be Creative!
    • Herbs ( make a simple Syrup add fresh herbs while it is prepared)
    • Fruit (smashed or pureed)
    • Jellies and Jams
    • Sauces (caramel,chocolate...etc.)
    • Nutella or Peanut butter
The basic method: Put around 2-3 cups of yogurt in a freezer-safe bowl or container. Mix your flavoring through and place in freezer for 1-2 hours. Using fork, stir mixture thoroughly, scraping the sides to mix in the partially frozen bits, breaking these up into smaller chunks. Put back in freezer for another 1-2 hours. Enjoy!

I like to make smaller single servings. I put the mixture into 1/2 pint mason jars. so people can make personalized flavors. Place wax paper or cling wrap touching mixture. (Keeps from getting ice crystals on top), They freeze faster too!
* Even though some Greek yogurt has sugar in it. I find adding a little bit more doesn't hurt!

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