Talking to plants is neither an uncommon habit among gardeners and plant enthusiasts, nor is it a modern notion. Strange as it might sound or appear to an onlooker, people talk to their plants for a host of reasons. Some do it as a form of social interaction. Others might talk to their ailing plants … Continue reading Plants can sense, think and communicate, says Italian scientist
As more people learn about their benefits, urban gardens have increased in number across the United States. However, there are several issues surrounding food production in urban areas, like soil contamination, that are thought to pose risks to human health. In a recent breakthrough, a team of researchers from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain conducted a probabilistic risk assessment … Continue reading How safe are urban gardening crops?
Despite its health and economical benefits, gardening might be neither practical nor doable for most people in cities and urban neighborhoods. These places just offer little to no space for green gardens – or so people think. Lack of outdoor space shouldn’t rule out a garden, at least not in the traditional sense. Old plant … Continue reading 10 Best herbs to plant on your kitchen windowsill
It turns out, “talking trees” exist beyond science fiction, says actual science. The idea of trees talking – and humans understanding them – is a hot topic in environmental science. But for Suzanne Simard, a biologist and a pioneer of inter-plant communication research from the University of British Columbia, the idea that trees talk isn’t up for debate. In her 1997 doctoral … Continue reading Trees talk to each other – science explains how
Do you worry about your plants being infested by pests? Try planting marigolds near them. Gardeners have practiced “companion planting” where marigolds are planted around tomato plants for protection against insects. This practice isn’t new, but its effectiveness is now backed by science. In a recent study, researchers from Newcastle University’s School of Natural and Environmental Sciences in the U.K. … Continue reading Marigolds possess a natural repellent against devastating pests
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a health condition that leads to atherosclerosis or the narrowing of the arteries. Hypertension also increases a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke. While modern medicine prescribes conventional treatments for hypertension in the form of anti-hypertensive drugs, research suggests that natural remedies which could reduce blood pressure can be … Continue reading What are some of the best herbs and spices for regulating blood pressure?
The Mexican marigold (Tagetes erecta) is a beautiful flowering plant from Central America. It has been used as an ornament, edible food, a source of dye, and herbal medicine for many centuries. Thai researchers reported that its essential oils are a natural herbicide for some of the most common weeds that plague farms. Cockspur grass (Echinochloa crus-galli) is one … Continue reading Mexican marigold essential oil holds potential as powerful natural herbicide
Come to any local gardening center and you may see rows and rows of plant- and animal-based fertilizers that boast of faster growth, beautiful blooms, or abundant produce from your plants. But which type of fertilizer can actually deliver these promises? A study published in the journal Biological Agriculture & Horticulture assessed the effect of plant- and animal-based soil amendments in the … Continue reading Soils treated with organic fertilizer are healthier; produce stronger plants
Being near and around nature will make anyone feel good – it’s not rocket science. But according to a report by Daily Mail, German scientists have now uncovered physical proof of the wonders that nature can do to a person’s psyche. The researchers conducted a study to assess stress-processing regions in the brain and how these develop to exposure … Continue reading Trees are good for your emotional health: Study determines living on the edge of a forest is good for your brain
If you’re thinking of planting wheat, try adding some moringa to the mix to help it grow faster and keep weeds at bay, according to a study in Allelopathy Journal. In the study, the researchers investigated extracts from the leaves, flowers, and seeds of the moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), in particular, how they affect the growth of wheat (Triticum … Continue reading Organic fertilizers made with moringa promote the healthier growth of wheat