Do Plants Love Music?

If plants could talk, I swear they would stop you at the door and say, turn around, before you go, put on Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of The Heart.” Apparently my garden plants are fond of summer night 80’s music.

Researchers have proposed that two genes involved in plant’s reaction to light are switched on by music played at the 70 decibel mark, this is about the sound level of a normal conversation. Researchers found that the higher the sound frequency wave the more active the gene response is. Plant life reacts readily to a number of factors, as the ability to adapt to their ever-changing environment is vital for survival.

For example, wind or vibrations will induce changes in plant growth, while other studies show conversations may just not be enough. Plants that are exposed to windy like conditions produce a growth-retardant hormone which causes the plants to be shorter, with more thick stems to adapt. As for speech, carbon dioxide levels do influence plant photosynthesis, but you would need to spend several hours a day to influence plant growth.

Even though some contest that a soothing voice or classical music works wonders for their plant life, the scientific evidence is quite minimal. So while the best musical vibrations and the most intriguing story’s in the world still won’t bring your plants water, perhaps it’s fulfilling enough to know that maybe, at least they’re listening.

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Zen Gardens..

Zen Garden: a term coined in the west refers to a type of Japanese garden with a spiritual aspect, set in deep traditions. Zen gardens usually contain an enclosed setting either made of rock or wood to house sand, and small gravel. They also contain center pieces or (islands) consisting mainly of large rock formations, but not limited to ponds, bridges, and plenty of green life.

The idea is to create a harmonious scenery represented by large rocks and sand, symbolically portraying the earths islands, and oceans. With a unique rake as your paintbrush it’s up to you to create meaningful wave designs in your ocean, and the strategic placements of your islands. Ultimately inspiring a sense of peace, well-being, and appreciation for not only nature but life.

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6 Key Garden Tools..

  • Garden Trowel: used for up-close digging and planting, mixing and smoothing of garden soil, and all around moving of small amounts of material. Most famous amongst gardeners, this tool will be your right hand man (or woman.)
  • Hand Cultivator: could otherwise be known as your left hand man, is used for light up-close digging and raking around the base of plants. Great for fluffing your garden soil and rooting out leaves, weeds, and other debris.

  • Pointed Spade: another great tool for digging, but specializes in tough dirt and rocks. With a longer handle its perfect for big to small projects while being more easy on your back.

  • Pitch Fork: short or long-handled. Perfect for lifting, throwing, and mixing of loose garden soil and materials.

  • Bow Rake: long-handled and made of heavy-duty construction for all your big to small projects. Primarily used for raking up material, loosening and leveling of soil, and weeding.

  • Hand Pruners: also known as heavy-duty type scissors, are great for trimming plants, shrubs, and taking on hard branches.

                        

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7 Easy Growing Vegetables..

  • Tomatoes: contain the carotene lycopene, one of the strongest natural antioxidants found, as well as vitamin A, K, and C. Lycopene has been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays. A study done by researchers revealed that tomatoes can protect against sunburn and help keep the skin looking young and vibrant. (sun 8hrs)
  • Bell Peppers: are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. The level of carotene like lycopene, is nine times higher in red peppers, and red peppers have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers. (sun 8hrs)
  • Cucumbers: contain 95% water and provide 16 calories, with a low content of essential nutrients. Notable only for its vitamin K. (sun 8hrs)
  • Carrots: release only 3% of the B-carotene during digestion when consumed raw. This can be improved to 39% by cooking and adding oil. Carrots are a good source of Vitamin A, K, and B6. Vitamin A is important for developmental growth, the maintenance of the immune system, and good vision. Low levels of vitamin K weaken bones and promote calcification of arteries and other soft tissues. Vitamin B6 serves as a coenzyme during many enzyme reactions in your metabolism. (sun 6hrs)
  • Broccoli: provides 34 kcal and is an excellent source of vitamin A, C, K,  and B6. Raw broccoli contains moderate amounts of several B vitamins and the dietary mineral magnesium. Broccoli has low content of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and dietary fiber. (sun 6hrs)
  • Beets: provide 43 calories, and is a good source of folate and magnesium. Beets also contain a source of carbohydrates and sugars. (sun 6hrs)
  • Lettuce: is a rich source of vitamin K and vitamin A, and is a moderate source of folate and iron. (sun 4hrs)

   

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Garden Soil Love..

The best garden soil is not kept in a static state but is well-prepared and continually maintained. As a rule of (green) thumb the best garden soil has a spongy texture feel and strikes a balance between clay for nutrient-holding abilities, sand for drainage, and organic matter for a slow release of nutrients.

Most gardeners understand that a compost pile is a necessary component to their garden. Compost adds the organic nutrients that change dirt into soil for optimal gardening results. Since compost is such a valuable resource you must use it very carefully. Rather than adding compost after harvesting a crop, try waiting until a few weeks before planting the next crop to ensure that none of the compost nutrients are flushed out during rainy days.

For preventing garden soil compaction over time an extra lightweight growing medium is needed. In this case mix an equal quantity of soil, coarse sand, and compost for a top-shelf homemade garden soil blend. This type of soil mix tends to dry out fast, so make a straw mulch around the plants as the final ingredient to perfect garden soil.

Generally you will get a year or two out of your basic soil, but eventually you will need to add a source of rock phosphorus. Plants with adequate phosphorus show steady vigorous growth and earlier maturity. In addition, rock phosphate is rich in minor elements such as zinc, boron, nickel, and iodine which plants need for optimal growth.