A Natural Way to Target Gnat Flies In Your Hydroponic System


Hydroponic System

A Natural Way to Target Gnat Flies

A useful tool for controlling gnats and shore flies, that transmit Pythium and other pathogens into hydroponics systems is Diatomaceous Earth. It is a chalky white to cream powder obtained from the natural fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of small hard-shelled fresh water or ocean organism. These diatom particles are very small and sharp but only harmful to the small exoskeletons of insects. Insects cannot become immune to their action since it is a mechanical killer. Because it is a light dust, it clings to the bodies of all stages of the insects. Maggots may also ingest the powder. The tiny diatom particles then cut through the waxy coating or lining of the insects gut and they eventually dry out and die.

Outside Planting

Seed beds, especially those that use capillary matting, composted bark, rock wool or vermiculite, can be liberally dusted with diatomaceous earth. Use a “pepper pot” technique to liberally coat the media as seedlings are about to emerge. If washed into media during irrigation it will eliminate maggots as they hatch from eggs and will maintain its activity when plants are transferred into hydroponics systems. Also spread about any areas near the houses where gnat adults, larvae (maggots) or pupae may be present.

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Diatomaceous earth contains a variety of elements and usefully contribute to the supply of silica, that is used in plant roots and leaves. Supplies of this element can be low in hydroponic systems.

#1 – Diatomaceous Earth

  • Diatoms are microscopic green algae with a glass-like (silica based) shell.
  • Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of these glassy creatures. If you sprinkle a circle of this special “dirt” around your plants being attacked, this will deter the snails and slugs.
  • For them to crawl over diatomaceous earth, it would be like people walking barefoot over broken glass on the beach… ouch!
  • For diatomaceous earth to be effective, however, you will need to reapply it often as it doesn’t work as well after it gets wet.

#2 – Crushed Egg Shell

  • Like diatomaceous earth, crushed egg shell will deter snails and slugs due to its abrasiveness to their soft bodies.
  • While egg shells aren’t quite as effective as diatomaceous earth, they have the added benefit of providing calcium and other nutrients to your soil as they break down! Plus, water doesn’t affect them as much.
  • Also used coffee grounds are recommended as a way to keep slugs and snails out of the garden.

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#3 – Beer Traps

  • If you don’t mind killing your snails and slugs, beer traps are a good option.
  • Dig a hole near the plants that are being attacked. Bury a recycled can, plastic container, or glass jar into this hole so the top of the container is flush with the top of the soil.
  • Pour cheap beer into this container. Snails and slugs are naturally attracted to the scent of beer because it contains yeast but they get disoriented when they drink it.
  • When this happens, they fall inside the container and drown. Be sure to use a container deep enough so they can’t just crawl back out again.

#4 – Get Some Chickens Or Ducks

  • If you live in the country, this is a solution to your slug problem that will also produce some nice farm fresh eggs.
  • Free ranging chickens and ducks don’t just eat grass! They also love highly nutritious and delicious slugs #5 – Put Some Chopped Mint In Your Soil
  • Mint grows like gangbusters and can even take over a yard if it isn’t cut back.
  • If you have a flowerbed that is being attacked, consider adding your mint trimmings to the soil to deter snails and slugs. They are repelled by the smell.
  • However, to the human nose, the sweet smelling mint and the fragrance of the flowers blend well together. In fact, you may find your neighbors coming over for natural aromatherapy!

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  • Rosemary and thyme are in the mint family, so like mint (such as peppermint and spearmint), these plants deter slugs and snails with their aroma!
  • This is a simple but effective natural slug and snail deterrent and you’ll have some nice perennial herbs for cooking.
  • Controlling Slugs and Snails Tips and snails and will happily help you with your problem!

#7 – Put Seaweed In the Soil

  • If you live near an ocean beach, collect seaweed and chop it up to create mulch. Mix the seaweed into the top layer of soil around your plants.
  • The iodine smell will deter slugs and snails and it will add nutrients to the soil as it decays! This includes many trace nutrients that would be difficult to get into your garden soil any other way!
  • In fact, if you have any seaweed left over after you create your mulch, don’t throw it away! Put it in your compost pile!

#8 – Don’t Water Your Garden In the Evening

  • Snails and slugs are more active at night because it’s more moist then and they need a moist environment to survive.
  • If you water your garden in the evening, this just creates a haven for these slimy creatures and they’ll be even more attracted to your plants!
  • If you water your plants in the morning, the daytime sunlight will dry the plants out before nightfall and make them less attractive to slugs and snails.

#9 – Pick Them Off By Hand

  • While this method may seem time consuming, you may be able to solicit the help of your kids!
  • They will find this a fun activity and you won’t have to apply any pesticides to your yard where they play.
  • If it is safe to do so, you can have them take a flashlight out at night and pick off the snails and slugs when they are more active.

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10 Healing Herbs You Can Grow Indoors


10 Healing Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

Ask around like we did and sure enough you begin to acquire a valuable database of folk remedies. Everyone we asked had a home remedy or two; a grandmother’s remedy to cure gout (apple cider vinegar), a remedy to stop diarrhea within minutes (turmeric), an old Mexican cure for a nagging cough (garlic).

Herbs are known for their culinary, medicinal and relaxation properties. They flavor food and provide numerous health benefits. However, not many people can manage to have fresh herbs throughout the year and they use dried ones. This is mainly due to the climate. Fortunately, you can grow your own herbs indoors and have a fresh supply all year long. Fresh herbs are rich in nutrients, color, and flavor. Here’s how to grow herbs indoors.

Growing Herbs Indoors
The process of growing plants indoors in water is known as hydroponics. So, here are the steps:

You should take some herb cutting and put them in glass bottles. Add plain water, either rain water or tap water which has been left to air overnight. Avoid using tight-fitting containers.
Remove the lower leaves because they can rot in water. You should change the water once a week. When the roots start growing, don’t change the water.
You can also soak a few willow branches in warm water overnight and then use to speed up the growth.
Place the jar on a bright light.

1. Basil
You can easily grow basil indoors. It is packed with antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties and it provides numerous benefits. Simply, cut off the stem you want to root before the parent plant flowers.

2. Lemon Balm
This herb is known for its fresh smell, which keeps the mosquitoes and insects away. You should pick several cuttings in spring or fall and put them in water in a bright place. Lemon balm can help digestion and reduce anxiety. Bear in mind that you should change the water once a week.

3. Oregano
The process of growing oregano is similar to that of basil. You should take fresh oregano cuttings in water and pinch the growing tips as it grows. It has various health benefits which come as a result of its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.

4. Peppermint
This is probably the easiest herb you can grow indoors. All you should do is place some fresh peppermint cuttings in water. You can use it in your salads and desserts. It will soothe bowel syndrome and reduce the stress levels. Moreover, you will be protected from spiders and mice as they don’t like the smell.

5. Rosemary
Its thick stems will take a while to grow roots and should be placed in a sunny spot. You can use it in soups, as a garnish or meat rub. It can improve the brain health, boost memory, and promote hair growth.

6. Sage
You can grow your own sage indoors by taking a few sprigs in the spring from an outdoor plant and placing them in shallow water. Make sure you don’t let the leaves touch the water. This amazing herb will help you with anxiety, and it will improve the memory.

7. Spearmint
This herb requires the same growing process as peppermint. It is extremely beneficial for post-menopausal women and can balance sex hormones.

8. Stevia
Take organic stevia cuttings and put them in a glass jar full of water. Stevia doesn’t like the cold, so make sure to put it in a consistently warm spot. It will help you stop smoking.

9. Tarragon
Grow tarragon by taking spring cuttings after fresh growth appears. You should place it on a warm and bright spot. Tarragon is packed with antibacterial properties and it can regulate blood sugar levels and treat metabolic syndrome.

10. Thyme
You should take cuttings in the mid-spring or early summer before the parent plants flowers. Keep it moist to prevent drying out. This herb is beneficial as it can lower blood pressure, prevent tooth decay, and cause cancer cell death.

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