Nurturing Your Backyard Garden

Submitted by Readydone
Mimosa Weed

Mimosa Weed

At Baird’s village farms we use the most sustainable resources available. A main staple in our plant maintenance program is extracted from Mimosa seed enzymes and to a lesser extent coconut extracts. These are the equivalent of vitamins for your plants when applied at each stage of life and can’t be overdosed; we have noticed it drastically improves the transplant process. These organic, locally sourced extracts help provide the environment that encourages healthy plants, healthy plants grow faster produces more and resist negative outside influences.

Mimosa is an invasive weed traditionally used as feed to “slim down” livestock that have become fat from feed. The plants are easy to identify and the dry brown pods release seed with a quick, vigorous shake. The fact is that this is a free and abundant source. Anyone can harvest enough in one day to last a year and you don’t need specialized equipment or prior knowledge to extract.  It produces plants way more productive than any synthetic fertilizer can. These are good reasons we think everyone should add this to their garden maintenance program.

To make: put one inch of seed in a small pet bottle and soak overnight, then drain and leave the bottle in the gallery or a windowsill until some of the seed germinates, usually 1-2 weeks, soak overnight. this should produce a brownish-yellow liquid of extracted enzymes. Strain and dilute @half the pep bottle to a 2 gal sprayer and coat the plants and immediate surroundings with this extract every four weeks. It has a shelf life of about 12 weeks the quicker you use it the better.

0 responses to “Nurturing Your Backyard Garden

  1. islandgal246

    Readydone are you saying that this weed is a source of nitrogen?

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  2. No i am saying that this extract taken from the seeds of this abundant weed works like vitamins for your plants, we at the farm had to unlearn the old NPK values, as they are of a significantly less importance in organic farming. That type of industrial farming is what kills the soil. Most soil already contains all the food the plants need, we just have to nurture the microherd and the living soil will grow bountiful plants for us.

    We used to think that nitrogen is the only thing required for growth, now we know better, adding nitrogen to a soil actually feeds the plants directly, the problem is it skips the micro herd completely, when you keep doing this the micro herd slowly dies, killing the soil, making it lifeless dirt. Prosperous plants form associations with the micro herd and feeds/controls the herd by extruding crude sugars through the roots, and depending on the type of sugar extruded the micro herd uses this as a signal to feed the plants the chemicals they want from the soil. So the individual plant has control over its diet in organic farming.

    All of this is done in the top soil on the micro level and very efficiently i might add, better than any NPK plant maintenance program. The benefits of true living soil (TLS) are endless once you actually reach that point were the micro herd takes over. The biggest plus is that if your using pots or containers you don’t have to trow away your soil, and it can grow many different crops or the same type of crop repeatedly without lost in productivity.

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  3. Just to clarify, is Mimosa the same plant commonly referred to as River Tamarind?

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  4. Yes the mimosa and river tamarind are the same plant.

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  5. Thanks for this information ready done. I will try and source some up here. I do the organic thing.

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  6. Alvin Cummins

    @ready done.
    Here is an opportunity to produce in commercial quantities a product that can be bottled, packaged, and sold worldwide. Here is an opportunity for an entrepreneur to create a new market. Develop the product and take it from here. I may still be around when you become a millionaire. But don’t let the idea die. PDC, among others talks about letting the young people take over…here is an opportunity for a young people to get moving. There is emough mimosa around to generate a thriving business, and the start up costs seem to be minimal. Recycle and relabel pep bottles, dsesign attractive labels and embark on a marketing campaign…use the idustrial design department of the BCC to get in on the act. Get BIDC to advise; talk to Leroy Mc Clean, take out a patent, trademark etc immediately and work on it.

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  7. Alvin Cummins

    @Ready Done,
    By the way what about using preservatives to lengthen the shelf life. Contact the Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Cyril roberst he has been dong some work on Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Collaborate with him. Get moving.

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  8. Alvin Cummins

    @Ready done,
    Slight correction Dr. Cyril Roberts.You have stimulated my research oriented juices. Have you tried extracts of the crushed stems? What about extracts from the roots? UW I does a lot of work on extracts of local plants etc (many students have done this work as projects for their PhD, especially in the chemical analysis of these plant extracts. talk with them (the department) in this regard so that the chemical analysis of the extract you use can be determined and a concrete scientific face can be put on it.
    I

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  9. Alvin………………we have a common friend in Dr. Cyril Roberts, he is quite a guy………..

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  10. Alvin Cummins

    Well Well
    You have the advantage on me but it’s good to know that we have at least one thing in common. I was quite close to Cyril whom I met while I w2as doing my PhD. we have similar interests in Molecular Biology. Have to look him up when I go back home. Wonder if Ready Done will pick up on my suggestions.

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  11. Last I saw Cyril he was doing great………..you know he can be found either at UWI or at Graeme Hall…………good people.

    And your suggestions were spot on……….hope the entrepreneur spirit results in great success to the person who I am sure will take your advice.

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