From Tea to Shining Seed

I had two breakthroughs in my gardening career today.  Here are visual hints:IMG_5370IMG_5373

I must share these experiences because if I can do it, I bet you can too.

IMG_5377Extraction of Worm Casting Tea from my red wiggler worms in the Worm Factory 360.  The casting tea is the liquid (also known as number 1) filtered through the castings (also known as number 2) and the handy spigot allows you to collect it.  Try not to get grossed out and remember this all part of the circle of life.  There are a bounty of benefits to using worm tea in your garden.  From naturally and organically fertilizing your plants to acting as a natural bug repellant to name a few.

How-to use: Mix at least 5 parts water to 1 part worm tea in a spray bottle.  Spray both sides of the leaves at the appropriate time of the day.  Another way is to pour the tea directly into the plant’s soil.

IMG_5376Self pollinating cucumber flower.  While I have seen bees and butterflies in  my garden, I wanted to try self-pollinating my cucumber flowers.  First you must identify the female and male flowers.  A female flower (right) has a fruit attached to it while the male flower has only a stem.

How-to self-pollinate cucumbers: Pick the male flower at the stem, it should come off easily.  Peel back the pedals (can also use a scissor to snip them back) to expose the anthers, which have the pollen.  Take the anthers and rub it on the inside of the female flower.  It is recommended to use more than one male flower to pollinate to give you a better chance of working.  I guess that it is the waiting game now.

Have you self-pollinated with success or any tips on using the worm tea? – Come on, grow with GreenUp! Guy.


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