How to Control Weeds and Conserve Water at the Same Time

Setting up plastic mulch with drip irrigation. Drip tapes not shown

Weeding is costly. Irrigation is also costly. If you have a large farm you’ll appreciate what I mean. Because of the labor intensive nature of weeding, laborers charge high prices for weeding. Money spent on fuel for irrigation is also costly. But thank God for mulching. It helps you to control weeds and conserve water at the same time.

Fig 1: Cucumbers growing in plastic mulch. Image source: phollar Nairaland

A mulch is a layer of material covering the soil surface. It blocks sunlight from reaching weed seeds and thus prevent them from germinating. Because of the covering, most of the soil moisture will remain trapped in the soil. Mulches also help prevent soil-borne diseases by preventing rain from splashing soil on leaves.

Materials used for mulching can either be organic (straw, leaves etc) or synthetic (plastic films). For commercial farmers, plastic mulch is quite popular.

Organic
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Revealed: How to Increase Your Plant Yield By 30%

My Young Moringa Tree

The tip I’m about to share with you will help you increase your plant yield by 25-30%. And it works with almost any crop. Thanks to Moringa tree. The leaves of this tree is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. They contain all the essential amino acids in a good proportion. All these combine to make this tree wonderful. But all these are not what makes it important as a plant growth promoter. The growth promoting effect comes from the hormone that can be found in the young leaves and shoot.

Off Tip: If you want to live a healthy life, eat moringa leaf powder every day. And the best part is that it thrives in Africa and I even have about 6 of them in my house. You can plant them from seeds or from mature branches.

My Young Moringa Tree

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How to Reduce Pest Attacks on Crops with Aspirin

Aspirin, a pain killer with salicyclic acid as the active ingredient, can help increase crops immune system and help them to fight against fungal, bacteria and viral diseases. It is particularly effective in preventing blight, a fungal disease that can wipe out the entire crop in days. According to a research by US Department of Agriculture, aspirin solution reduces blight by 47%.

This finding is a welcome development, seeing that pesticides are getting costly and ineffective as pests continue to develop resistance. When threatened by diseases, plants increase their production of salicyclic acid to heal themselves. They also emit a salicyclic gas to warn other plants that dangerous insects are around. Through this process, plants can protect themselves from pest and disease attacks.

Any brand of aspirin will work, but plain, uncoated tablets dissolve best. Recommended concentration is 250-500mg of aspirin (about 1-2 regular aspirin tablets) in 4.5l of water.
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