Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Day 3 - A Gardening Tip

The Aspirin Booster Spray

This tip comes from James Wong, one of my favourite gardeners. His advice can be slightly left-field as evidenced from his latest book "Grow for Flavour". It concentrates not on how to maximise your crops but how to make the crops you do produce tastier and healthier. 

One of his main recommendations for just about every crop you're growing is spritzing with aspirin.

Aspirin is derived from a naturally-occurring plant hormone. When applied to some plants it 'turns on' their immune systems as it responds to a perceived attack. It makes the plants more resistant to environmental threats such as drought or extreme temperatures. The sugar levels in the crops is increased as it reacts to this perceived threat so it's tastier too. Applying aspirin also makes your crops more resistant to pests and diseases.

Dissolve 1/4 to 1/2 300mg soluble aspirin into 1 litre of water (paracetamol and ibuprofen do not work). Then use a plant sprayer to spritz your plants. Do this one a month during the summer months.

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