Growing Healthy Plants With Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast cereal that’s high in fiber and other nutrients which is great for our bodies, according to history oats have been here for thousands of years. Its believed that oats have been around from “Egypt’s 12th Dynasty, around 2000B.C.” Its also believed that oats ” as far back as 7,000 B.C. was used by ancient Chinese”.
“Ancient Greeks were known to use oaks as porridge”, oats were also viewed as weeds and were used to feed livestock, this grain would compete in grain fields that were cultivated for wheat and barley.
Below however we will be discussing how oatmeal has made its way from our kitchen countertop being used as a breakfast cereal to help promote the health of indoor garden plants.
Oatmeal For Indoor Plants
Directions for Adding Oatmeal to your Soil
As discussed earlier oatmeal is rich in nutrients, adding 1 tablespoon of dry oatmeal to your soil will supply your plants with nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus keeping your indoor plants in tip-top shape. It’s recommended that “adding 2 tablespoons per month is sufficient”.
The Disadvantage of Adding Oatmeal to your Soil
While adding oatmeal to the soil of your indoor plants, moderation should be taken because it’s suggested that “too much oatmeal or and overuse can contaminate the soil along with attracting pests”.
Iron helps to produce the green color in plants, moves oxygen throughout the plant’s roots, leaves, and other parts. Iron assists with photosynthesis which is converting light energy into chemical energy in plants. Without iron, plants can’t produce chlorophyll.
Magnesium helps to activate a specific enzyme in plants, magnesium also helps to safeguard plants against poor and stunted growth.
Manganese assists plants with nitrogen assimilation, photosynthesis, and respiration, this trace element helps to resist root pathogens along with promoting root cell elongation.
Phosphorus helps in the transformation of sugars and starches, photosynthesis, and energy transfer, phosphorus also helps in the promotion of roots, flower formation, and seed production.
As great as these benefits are caution should be taken because overuse of these nutrients can also have an adverse effect on plant life so use oats in moderation.
The final word on oatmeal for indoor plants
Oates has been around for some time, this breakfast cereal was of great benefit for those that lived in ancient times and it still is to this day. I believe that our indoor and as well as outdoor garden plants are enjoying oats just as much as we are, or maybe not but we can agree on from what we discussed is oats are healthy and can be used in so many ways. Whether using Oates to promote our health or our plant’s health oats have made a name for themselves by providing those needed nutrients so let’s be good to our indoor plants as they go to work for us by beautifying our indoor living space.
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