All Natural Gardening

June 3, 2014

The Rusted Garden mixes sprinkled cinnamon on the seedlings as a way to kill off the fungi or ‘damping off’ disease and stop its potential spread. You could also lightly sprinkle your starting mix with cinnamon right after the seeds are planted.  I think cinnamon makes a great third defense against diseases that may attack your seedlings.

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Instead of throwing away used coffee grounds, save them in a container to reuse in your garden. The dried grounds provide organic soil nutrients and can act as mulch to your vegetables. Used coffee grounds are not acidic because most of the acid remains in the coffee beverage. Composted coffee contains high levels of nitrogen and helps to neutralize compost piles. Read more about it here.

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According to Bob Vila, cornmeal is birth control for seeds. Sprinkle it on your garden and it will keep weed seeds from germinating and growing into plants. Of course, cornmeal will keep any seed from germinating, so don’t try this on your vegetable garden until your plants are established and you’ve finished planting 

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