Greetings, My name is Lawrence and Welcome to "The Eternal Garden" Here I will share my experience in gardening from planting the seed to harvesting seeds and everything in between ;) Gardening connects us with all the elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water and the divine Spirit. I am here so we can all grow together and share knowledge and wisdom so we can all turn this planet green 1 by 1. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section below my posts. Enjoy the ride!!! :) With Love/Light & Gratitude
~ Lawrence

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Growing The Moringa Oleifera Tree from seed aka The Miracle Tree


Items: container with a lid, paper towels, moringa seeds, water

Soak your moringa seeds in water for 24 hours. After 24 hours drain the water from your seeds, place your paper towels in the bottom of your container and spray with water until damp. Set your seeds on top of your damp paper towels and place in an area between 60 - 80 degrees. After a few days the seeds will begin to crack open like an egg and the shoot or shoots and roots will emerge from the same side as they germinate.
Once they germinate gently remove your seedling from the paper towel and place them in potting soil with the roots going down and the leaves facing up. Place your seedling in a sunny window or under grow lights during the cold winter months. ~ The Moringa Tree grows in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India.The Moringa tree is also known as "The Miracle Tree" and "The Elixir of Long Life" due to its miraculous healing abilities. It contains 46 types of antioxidants. According to recent studies, moringa leaves contain 90 different types of nutrients, 7 times more vitamin c than oranges, 4 times more calcium than milk, 4 times more potassium than bananas, 4 times more vitamin A than carrots, 50 times more vitamin B3 than peanuts, 36 times more magnesium than eggs, and 25 times more iron than spinach.
(After a few weeks your Moringa Tree seedlings will begin to take shape) :)
It also includes high amounts of additional nutrients such as iodine, lutein, zinc, zeatin, dietary fiber, selenium, and beta-carotene. The leaves of the moringa tree contain 18 amino acids, eight of which are essential amino acids, making them a "complete" protein - a rarity in the plant world.
Indeed, moringa's protein content rivals that of meat, also due to their trace mineral content, dried and powdered moringa leaves are great for nourishing the skin. The Moringa seeds produce a healthy oil, the pods contain almost 40 percent of this edible non-drying oil called "ben oil," which is comparable to olive oil in nutritional and antioxidant value. Ben oil is odorless, sweet-tasting, clear and - most importantly - lasts indefinitely. Moringa leaf powder is also immune from spoiling...


* * * * Update September 2015 * * *

The first tree has 3 trunks and is growing nice, The second tree is a single stem and is growing nice also :) I will do updates on the other 5 tree seedlings within the next few days & weeks :)


I will be doing updates on these Moringa Tree seedlings as they grow ;) Enjoy :)
~ Lawrence

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Germinating Pepper Seeds Indoors



Start your pepper seeds 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date so your plants will have time to grow before putting them out in the spring. Moisten the soil and poke 2-3 1/8 inch holes in each cell using a pencil or something small you can poke holes with, place 1 seed per hole and sprinkle soil to fill in the holes behind the seed.
Water the seeds in and cover with a dome cover to keep in the moisture.
Use a heat mat or the top of your refrigerator to keep the seeds warm through bottom heat, keep them around 85 degrees for best germination. Your seeds should begin to sprout within 6-10 days, some pepper varieties take longer than others. Once they start to germinate remove the dome cover and place under indoor lights or in a south facing window to get the maximum amount of sunlight so they don't get long and skinny or leggy. It is best to bottom water your seedlings to prevent / reduce damping off.

Of course, when it comes to fertilizing pepper plants, the best kind of fertilizer really depends on your soil. If you want to be completely accurate with your pepper fertilizer, you should have a soil test done to find specific deficiencies. Once your seedlings have 4 to 6 healthy leaves you can transplant them into 4 in pots so the roots can grow and produce a nice healthy plant. You should plant your peppers outside 2-3 weeks after the last frost when the soil temperature is around 60 degrees. You should harden off the seedlings for one week prior to transplanting. To harden them off, Bring them out into a sun shade area for 1 hour then bring them back in, the next day bring them out for 2 hours and the third day 3 hours of direct sunlight, keep doing this for a week then plant them outside in full sunlight or sun/shade depending on what zone you are in or in the greenhouse. I will keep you updated with these pepper seedlings in detail...
Enjoy growing your peppers !!! :)

My pepper seedling update ;) 3/13/2015


* * * Pepper Update * * * I will be posting updates on my pepper varieties as they ripen ;) Enjoy !!
Italian green peppers, Orange Manzano, Jamaican Hot Chocoalate, Orange Habanero, Serrano, Anaheim, Canary Yellow Bell Pepper, Red Savina, Tabasco, Ghost pepper (Bhut Jolokia), Coral Bell pepper, Moruga Scorpion, Thai Dragon, Fresno Chili, Pablano, Hot Cherry, Ethiopian Brown, Mako Kokoo, Purple Naga jolokia, Carolina Reaper. :)
~ Lawrence
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