How to Grow Plantain and Make Money: Part 3 of 3

My plantain farm. Notice the dry grass mulch between rows

This is part 3. If you haven’t read part 1 and 2, read them here: Part 1 and part 2.

Fertilizer and Manure Application:

After planting the suckers, I applied 20:10:10 fertilizer 1 month after planting. Dosage is 30ml per plant. By this time, new, white roots have started growing. I buried the fertilizer in a shallow hole 10-20cm away from the plants, making sure I don’t damage too much roots. Note: I applied Carbofuran (for nematode control) into the same hole with the NPK. More on Carbofuran later under “pesticide application” below.

Second NPK application can be made 2 months after planting, 50cm away from the plant. I used 30ml 20:10:10 per plant but those that were growing fast got 60ml.

About 1 month or so after the second NPK application, I planned applying organic manure at 11L pig manure per plant but I couldn’t get
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How to Grow Lemon Basil (Curry) and Make money

Lemon basil, popularly called “curry plant” is a herb with a sweet citrus fragrance. In Nigeria, it is popularly used in cooking stew. It has a lot of health benefits because of the minerals (magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, calcium,) and vitamins (rich in vit A and K) it contains. It also contains the compounds limonene and citral, which have some anti-inflammatory properties (i.e. ability to reduce redness, swelling, and pain in the body). Below is a guide, based on my experience, on how you can grow and make money with lemon basil. You can make lots of money from this during the dry season when tomatoes are cheap. But once tomatoes get scarce, demand falls because it is mainly used in stew. Because of this, it is not good to grow one type of vegetable. I grow green amaranth, scent leaf, fluted pumpkin (ugu) leaves in addition to curry.

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How to Make Your Own Probiotic - Lactobacillus Serum

Probiotics are beneficial organisms like bacteria and yeast that are believed to improve health when consumed. In case you don’t know, both plant and animals need these beneficial microbes to stay healthy. In fact, without the teeming good bacteria in the intestine of man and animals, digestion will not occur. The digestive system of man contains about 500 different types of bacteria. Apart from the benefits to plant and animals, you can also use this probiotics to reduce foul odor in animal houses, homes etc. it can also help to free clogged drains. The good bacteria in probiotics eat up bad bacteria that cause smell and diseases. Personally, I have not tried making probiotics so I have to give credit to who credit it due. I got these ideas from Patrick Gentry of and I intend to try it out one day.

Steps to Follow

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How to Determine Moisture & Dry Matter Content of Poultry Litter

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