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Fertilizer

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How to happily grow cucumbers this year

The cucumber belongs to the cucurbits or the gourd family. They are usually one of the following plants: cucumber, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, melon or watermelon. It requires little maintenance and is considered easy to grow. Cucumber is a spreading or a climbing plant. Its stem is long and has a heart-shaped leaf shape. There are …

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how can i start a new lawn?

The grass was first recognized as of aesthetic value about 2000 years ago in the Chinese empire gardens of the Han dynasty. It is soft and pleasant to touch, treading and sitting. For this reason, the grass was chosen to cover surfaces in large parks, playgrounds, stadiums, private gardens and more. Other benefits of grass …

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All you need to know about making compost by yourself

Compost is a processed organic material, which is a basic and important component for feeding and fertilizing plants using the organic method. The compost we add to the soil enriches it with minerals, aerates the soil, improves drainage and prevents erosion. Compost is a product of organic residues that undergoes a decomposition process by insects, …

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Secondary plant nutrients

Calcium, magnesium, and sulfur are essential plant nutrients. They are called “secondary” nutrients because plants require them in smaller quantities than nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Calcium (Ca) Calcium is an important component in the structure of protopectin, an essential sticky substance used as “cement”,holding the cells together and creating stability in the cell structure. It …

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Potassium for plants

Potassium is important for maintaining overall mechanical strength in the plant, it accumulates in the fruit and has a significant effect on its size and quality, especially from aspects of taste and shelf life. For example, a potassium-free tomato fruit will be soft and have a floury texture. Lack of potassium will impair crop and …

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Phosphorous for plants

Phosphorous is used by plants largely for root growth, development and in the process of seed germination. And also, in the formation of buds, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Flowers that are well fed with phosphorus will have more blooms, and fruits ripen better and faster. Phosphorus availability is of great importance especially at the beginning …

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Adding nitrogen to soil

In order to grow properly and produce improved and quality fruits, our plants need nutrients in the right proportions and at the right time. During the life cycle of the plant – growth and flowering, it needs different nutrients. During the growth period the plant will need larger doses of nitrogen than in the flowering …

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Measuring ec

The EC meter measures the amount of water soluble (mainly fertilizers). The higher the concentration of fertilizers in the irrigation solution, the higher the EC value. An EC meter measures the potential for an electrical current to be transported through water. When we add nutrients (salts) to water, we increase the conductive potential for current …

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