How Does Your Garden Grow?
There were some questions about which Enagic® Water is best for your garden, and we’ve done some research to answer your concerns.
It turns out, different plants have different preferences in pH for water and soil, and the water you use will have a big impact on your plant health and growth1. Also, the pH of your soil will affect which water you should use, as soil pH can range widely. Here is a general list of the plants that thrive in slightly alkaline, neutral, and slightly acidic water and soil:
Plants that Prefer Slightly Alkaline Kangen Water® (pH 8.5 – 9.5)
Asparagus, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, carrots, mushrooms, parsley, geraniums, irises, hydrangeas (for pink blooms), and lilacs. Hydrangeas are a rare plant, as the pH of your water will change the color of the blooms.
Plants that Prefer Slightly Acidic Water (pH 4.0 – 6.0)
Rhododendrons, begonias, azaleas, heathers, hydrangeas (for blue blooms), peanuts, cucumbers, potatoes, chili peppers, eggplant, garlic, chives, artichoke, tomatoes, and most berries. Roses grow most vibrantly with pH 5.5 – 6.5, so you may want to experiment with Slightly Acidic Water 6.0 and Neutral Water to see which one yields the healthiest roses with your particular soil.
Most orchids like between 5.5 and 6.5 I grow them potted and mounted on manzanita wood. The foliage and roots are very healthy. Kangen water has many benefits for the family, pets and your plants!
Plants that Prefer Neutral Water (pH 7.0)
No matter which Enagic® Water you choose for your garden, you can have peace of mind that your plants will be healthy with clean, high-quality water. And think of how delicious your fruits and vegetables will taste after they’ve been watered with your Enagic® water ionizing machine, instead of chlorinated tap water.
Composting with Kangen Water®
Give Back to Nature: Compost
Composting is easy, natural, environmentally responsible, and it actually has a pleasant earth aroma when aerated properly. If you have never tried it before, you might be surprised at how simple and enjoyable composting can be. Most importantly, composting drastically reduces waste in our landfills. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that 72% of the municipal waste in landfills is organic and could be composted (wood, textiles/leather, yard debris, food scraps, and paper)1.
The benefits of composting go beyond reducing waste and decreasing hazardous methane gas produced by landfills1. Composting is quite functional as a soil amendment and can improve the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil, which creates healthier and stronger plants in your garden1. Compost contains the three main plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium), as well as healthy bacteria, yeast, and fungi that will help keep your plants strong and even prevent diseases. Recycling organic materials in a compost pile will help keep your plants and soil healthy, so you can take pride in your eco-conscious lifestyle that promotes a greener Earth.
How To Get Started
You can choose to compost indoors or outdoors, and you’ll find many different designs and styles of compost bins in most garden supply stores. Of course, you can always build your own compost pile from items in your garage (chicken wire, scrap lumber, cement blocks, etc). Do a little research to find out the best solution for your home and lifestyle. Here are the basic guidelines for starting your own compost pile2:
A general rule is to use 3 parts “Brown” to every 1 part “Green”
• Greens: grass clippings, leaves, weeds, kitchen scraps (fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea leaves, etc)
• Browns: dried grass or leaves, cornstalks, straw, wood shavings (with moderation)
Do not compost: meat, bones, dairy products, ashes, paper
Keep your compost pile aerated, turning frequently
Water, water, water! 50-60% of your compost pile should be water. This is a difficult amount to guess, so a good rule of thumb is to make sure your compost feels moist but not soggy – like a wrung out sponge.
Enagic® Water is an outstanding ingredient for compost. Why add tap or bottle water to your fresh compost, which may contain traces of chlorine, lead, and other contaminants? Enagic® Water is clean, filtered, and easily accessible.
To know which water to use for your compost, you should first test the pH of your soil. The ideal soil pH is about 6.3 – 6.8, which is very slightly acidic. If you find that your soil is already too acidic, you should use Kangen Water® to create a healthier balance. If your soil is too alkaline, try Slightly Acidic Water in your compost. Finally, you can use clean Neutral Water in your compost pile if your soil is already balanced perfectly.
Just like Enagic® Water is the healthy choice for you and your plants, it is also the ideal water for your compost pile. Your plants and flowers will thrive beautifully after they’ve been nourished with Kangen Compost!
Don’t let lack of yard space keep you from composting! You can compost in your own home with vermicompost, which uses red wiggler worms to do the hard work for you. These helpful worms can be purchased at a bait shop or online worm farm. An indoor compost is convenient because you can store it in a lid-tight container in your pantry, allowing for quick, hassle-free food scrap dumping while you are cooking or cleaning up after a meal.
You will need scraps of shredded paper, red wiggle worms, garden soil, Enagic® Water (Slightly Acidic Water, Neutral Water, or Kangen Water®), and food scraps to get your vermicompost started. Red wiggler worms enjoy fruits, vegetables, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, and grains. Vermicomposting takes a little longer than a backyard compost – about 4 to 6 months. Meanwhile, outdoor composting only takes about 3 to 4 weeks to harvest a good batch. But vermicomposting is a great solution if you are limited to a small yard or don’t enjoy trips to the outdoor compost in chilly weather.
Using Your Compost
Finished compost is 100% organic fertilizer, and it is exactly what your garden and indoor plants need to stay healthy (along with Kangen Water® of course)! Your Kangen Compost will help improve the quality, fertility, disease-prevention, and overall health of your soil. For your garden and outdoor plants, add compost as a soil fertilizer from spring to fall. For indoor plants, fill a spray bottle with Enagic® Water, and then add a couple tablespoons of Kangen Compost for an extra boost of nutrients.
Simply put, composting with Enagic® is a healthy choice for you, your plants, and our environment!
1The US Composting Council, USCC Position Statement: Keeping Organics Out of Landfills, http://compostingcouncil.org/education/resources.php
Winter Plant Care
Watering your plants with Kangen Water® is a great way to keep them healthy, enlivened, and lush. Just like your body needs clean, alkaline, and chlorine-free Kangen Water® for health, your plants also need the healthiest water possible for optimal nourishment. Kangen Water® can even revitalize weak plants, making them stronger and more vibrant than ever before!
Taking care of your plants in the winter can be a little tricky, especially if you live in an extremely cold climate. Here are a few pointers to help you maintain healthy plants all winter long:
1. Water your plants only when the temperature is above 40 degrees, with no snow cover.
2. Water your plants with Kangen Water® in the middle of the day, so they have time to absorb all the nutrients before the harsh winter night.
3. Plants in windy climates require additional watering, as the wind can dry out the earth and plants quickly.
4. Use Kangen Water® to nourish your trees, shrubs, and perennial plants during dry winter spells to prevent permanent root damage. This root damage can injure the entire plant if ignored.
5. Newly planted trees, shrubs, and plants will need additional watering, as they are particularly injured by dry winter seasons.
6. You can brush away snow, but not ice from your plants! Scraping ice from frozen plants will actually cause more damage than leaving the ice alone.
7. Mulch your plants for winter, and water the mulch during warm, dry periods of the winter season.
You can keep your plants strong and healthy with Kangen Water®, even in dry winter climates! Do your vegetation a favor, and give them the boost that could only come from Kangen Water®.