How to Keep Bananas Fresh : Keeping Bananas Green

A green banana is a living system that releases ethylene and ripens gradually over time, making changes in its color, odor, texture and taste. The problem is that the bananas at home ripen so quickly that often they become brown before you can eat them. So the natural question is how to stop bananas from getting ripen too quickly and prevent spoilage.
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How to Make Compost Tea : Compost tea Benefits in Garden

Compost Tea can be called a liquid gold fertilizer for your home garden where you grow vegetables, flowers, fruits and and other houseplants. As the name suggests, it is a nutritionally rich liquid fertilizer made by extracting bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes from aged compost.

The compost tea adds microbial life into the soil, roots and on the foliage of plants. The available nutrients to the roots develops a stronger healthier plant.

Learn how to make compost tea for vegetables, flowers, fruits and other plants; and its benefits.
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Fruits & Vegetables Producing Ethylene Or Sensitive To Ethylene

We all know that one bad fruit in the box spoils the whole box of fruits. Only one apple, banana, kiwifruit, mango or guava can spoil the other fruits placed nearby. Why it is so? What causes fruits and vegetables to rot? The reason is the ethylene gas released by fruits and vegetables [1].

Find a list of fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas and the foods which are sensitive to ethylene.
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Health Benefits of Bottle Gourd Juice

The bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), lauki, ghiya or doodhi came to fame when a few years ago, Baba Ramdev advised people to drink lauki juice to take advantage of its several health benefits. It is not surprising, the lauki juice soon found a pride place in many juice stalls.

What are the health benefits of bottle gourd, lauki juice in diabetes, weight loss, etc. and its side effects.
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How to Care Jasmine in Winter

As the jasmine plants are from tropical regions, they need warm sun to grow properly and do not tolerate very low winter temperatures. However, if you are growing winter jasmine, it may be blooming or become dormant in winter and will bloom again from spring to autumn.
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How To Grow Snake Plant and Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Sansevieria trifasciata is commonly called the Mother-in-Law's Tongue and the Snake Plant.  It is so called because of the sharpness of the leaves (like mother-in-law's tongue) and the  the shape of leaves. The snake plant has green banded leaves and the Mother-in-Law's Tongue features a yellow border.
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Queen of Night Plant: Night Blooming Jasmine Care

Queen of night plant or night blooming jasmine (Botanical name: Cestrum nocturnum) is a perennial shrub produces tubular white bloom that emit intense, romantic, intoxicating and heavenly smell in night.

The cestrum nocturnum is known as night-blooming cestrum, night-blooming jasmine, night jasmiine, night scented jessamine, night jessamine, lady of the night, queen of the night, raat ki rani, Raatraani or Raatriraani, Night Queen, Hasna Hena (Hāsnühānā ), (Bengali: হাসনুহানা) etc.
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Composting : How to Make Compost At Home

Making your own compost from your household and garden waste is much easier than most of you think. Composting involves decomposition of kitchen waste into humus by soil microorganisms.

Humus is very beneficial to the garden soil. It enriches the soil by releasing vital nutrients into the garden soil, improving the soil fertility.
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Household Plants For Purifying Indoor Air - Part4

Tulips, prayer plant, snake plant, arrowhead plant, golden pothos, spider plant, philodendrons, are great indoor air purifying plants. You will find these plants in supermarkets, offices and buildings.
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