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Why Sicilian oranges are top quality

Sicily is one of the largest orange districts in the world. Also the quality is one of the best because of the nutrient rich soil thanks to an active volcano Etna. Sicily is also a water rich area and most days during the year are sunny. But the major factor that makes sicilian oranges top quality are the cold nights and warm sunny days. The humidity on the leafs, as you can see on the photo, is not caused by rain, it is caused by the cold nights that gives the perfect conditions to produce juicy oranges.
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Coffee Ground for Plants

Do not throw away the coffee ground, do as Granny did and throw it to the plants. For best results use organic coffee, especially if you use coffee ground for fruits and vegetables you grow. You can also use coffee ground in your compost for nutrient soil.

Coffee ground is used as fertilizer and pesticide:

– Fertilizer: Betters the texture and fertility of the soil, and attracts earthworms. It is a little bit acidic and creates a natural acidic form of bacteria, which boosts the growth of acid-loving plants like tomatoes, roses, blueberries and evergreens. Is also filled with nitrogen, which especially tomato plants likes, an important mineral that helps vegetables and plants to grow.

– Pesticide: Scares away vegetable and flower eating slugs and snails.

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How to use it:

– Lay coffee ground on the soil just before watering. Avoid to use fermented grounds. if you use organic filters, you can also throw the filter with the coffee ground.

– You can use coffee ground in composts.

– To balance the pH in soils that needs a pH between 3.0 and 5.0    

– You can use coffee ground with water, mix some coffee ground in water, let stay for two days and water the plants.

Boiled coffee ground contains less benefits, but is still usable.

Egg Shells for Plant Nutrition

Egg shells contains calcium and is essential for cell growth in all plants, especially fast growing plants needs calcium because they deplete the surrounding soil. Before you put egg shells in the soil, wash them and crush them. Whole shells brakes down very slow. You can:

– Dig a hole in the ground, put egg shells in and cover. Especially good for plants in pots. This way you also avoid bugs around the pot.

– Put egg shells in the bottom of plant pots

- Lay egg shells in the soil near the plant

– Lay egg shells in a circle on the ground surface around the plants stems to deter useful slugs and cutworms, but attract useful bugs.

Especially for tomatoes calcium is very useful, because it will help prevent blossom end rot.

So do not throw away the egg shells. You can save them by the stove for couple of days until next gardening.

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