Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Using Moringa as fertilizer

I'm always on the lookout for alternative fertilizers - especially considering some of our traditional organic options have been poisoned by Big Ag (see my article on toxic manure).

Knowing that the moringa tree is a highly productive and extremely nutritious food for people, I wondered if perhaps it might also be a good amendment for plants.

The answer is yes! Check this out:

http://www.tfljournal.org/files/Moringa%20for%20fodder%20&%20spray%20%28screen%29.pdf

It seems some new experiments are in order.

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6 Comments:

At April 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

That... now THAT is some cool news.

And growing it as a field crop. Way cool idea.

 
At April 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Totally. Protein = nitrogen, so Moringa is good stuff on that front.

I may have access to more seeds soon, since the trees I planted in S. FL are now blooming. We shall see. Pod set has been non-existent for me thus far.

 
At April 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

So on the To Do list: find a way to get Moringa to bloom this far north. I guess if you kept a few in a greenhouse it might work, but these things seem to love growing tall.

 
At April 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Yeah. I've had mine bloom but they aren't setting pods. A friend here grew one from seed last year... and it bloomed and produced a single pod which ripened before frost. The ones I protected have big trunks and are looking great - maybe this will be the year.

 
At July 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM , Blogger sengie thao said...

Grow the pkm1 variety. That's the one my mom is growing now. It bloomed last month(planted from seeds in Feb this year). They are said to bloom in 6 or so months, so you should be able to harvest some pods before the first frostt comes. eBay has them for quite cheap, other site that sell them is more expensive for the same amount that the seller on eBay is offering.

 
At July 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Sengie - thanks a bunch for this tip. I'll have to hunt those down. The flowering on mine is very sporadic.

 

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