Carnivorous Plants

What plants eat insects and how do they do it? See how Venus flytraps, sundews, butterworts and pitcher plants capture insects to get nutrition in a nutrient poor environment. Join a talented Cornell University Naturalist Outreach student for a lively tour of the remarkable diversity of carnivorous plants. This is one of many naturalistoutreach science videos on YouTube that explore nature and biodiversity. See and NYS 4H Stem pages for guides and worksheets on carnivorous plants and other topics. This video is a co-production of Dr. Linda Rayor, the Ithaca College Park Media Lab, and NYS 4H.
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Herb Garden Information – Herbal Medicine Plants

For those who don’t trust the pharmaceutical companies, herbal medicine plants serve as safe and healthy alternatives for treating many kinds of ailments and diseases. However, there are several things that you have to consider first before buying any of these herbs for usage. These plants, like other pharmaceutical treatments, are products that should be treated with both caution and respect. As natural as these herbs are, they still share many of the components that can also be found in those non-prescription medicines. A lot of plants (such as thyme and oregano) are just easy to take care of, and they can be utilized for cooking and home remedies as well. As a herb garden information, this will be able to transform your own garden into a multi-purpose project which will allow you to make the most out of your plants.

In choosing the herbal medicine plants to grow, there are several things that you should consider. First, you should label each of the plants, so you won’t make any mistakes in identifying what that plant is in your garden. If the plants have some poisonous components, then these should be labeled and kept out of the reach of children. Keep in mind that there are a lot of useful herbs that have poisonous components, so this is very important.

You should also keep a detailed information on how these plants should be prepared for use. Most of these plants can’t simply have their leaves just taken out and then digested to get their benefits. You have to dry the leaves or saturate them as teas first before you will be able to release the medicinal properties of the plant.

With some of these plants, the flowers and berries are the ones that are going to be preserved and used for medicinal purposes. It’s also quite important to handle these kinds of plants with utmost care, as these tend to have poisonous components of their own.

There are several illnesses and diseases that these plants can help cure. This range from treating the common cold, to negating the symptoms of pregnancy and also heal dangerous diseases such as cancer. These plants can also be used in promoting healthier weights and boosting up your body’s digestive capabilities.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding the use of herbal medicine plants and other herb garden information, just consult your doctor or your local herbalist.

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Galil, J. “An ancient technique for ripening sycomore fruit in east-mediterranean countries.” Economic Botany 22.2 (1968): 178-190.

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How to Make High Quality Compost from Plants for Your Organic Garden

John from goes on a field trip to Farm Dirt Compost in Houston, Texas to share with you how they make high-quality compost from plants without any manure or animal products.

In this episode, John gives you a tour of this composting facility that creates compost teeming with microbial life. You will learn how they divert thousands of pounds of green waste that would normally go to the landfill and instead turn it into some of the best soil-building compost for gardeners, farmers, and landscapers.

First, John will take you on a tour of this facility showing you the two main raw inputs that are used to create this high-quality compost.

Next, you will discover how these two items are mixed and then aerated to create compost in as little as 5 weeks.

You will learn the three tips they use to speed up their composting process that you can use at home, so you can make compost more efficiently and save time.

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