6 Reasons Why You Should Use Cinnamon In The Garden
Probably you have used cinnamon in your kitchen in many different ways, but this spice is equally useful in your garden. Those who have been using it say that it has transformed their garden place into a lush and healthy environment. The cinnamon has many uses in the garden, but here we chose these six special ones:
1. The cinnamon kills mushrooms
Are you ‘sick and tired’ of pulling wild mushrooms from your garden? If you are, just call the cinnamon to your fast salvage! This is how you do it: Sprinkle the cinnamon around the spots where those persistent mushrooms keep popping up. It will definitely keep them “disciplined!”
2. The cinnamon powder propagates cuttings
If you are short on rooting hormones, your best option is to use the cinnamon powder to propagate the cuttings. Just wet the cuttings in clean water and roll them in cinnamon powder right before planting them. It will act as prevention against plant diseases and infections when your cuttings take root. It can also be used in the course of grafting.
Note: Although “ground” and “powdered” cinnamon mean the same, you might still notice differences between brands. Some are ruddier and stronger-tasting, while others are golden and more fragrant. That is because not all cinnamon is really cinnamon! The pale, fragrant variety is the true brand or Ceylon cinnamon, while the darker variety is commonly known as cassia.
Caution is advised since most ground cinnamon sold in the U.S. is exactly the cassia variety, although true cinnamon is favored in Europe and Latin America. In each case, your ground cinnamon begins life as the fragrant inner bark of a tree. The trees are part of an extended family of closely related species, found in China, Sri Lanka, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam as well as other tropical and semi-tropical countries.
When dried, the bark forms long, woody curled-up “quills,” or cinnamon sticks, which can be steeped in liquids to add their characteristic flavor. Grinding the dried sticks to powder makes the spice more versatile and easier to add to your garden solutions or kitchen recipes.
The Ceylon cinnamon is available online and through gourmet grocers, so it is very practical to keep both at hand, and experiment with them in your garden feats.
3. The cinnamon deters bugs (notably ants)
Use the cinnamon powder whenever you spot ants “marching and luring” around your fragile garden plants! Really, if you want to get rid of bothering ants from your garden, call again cinnamon to your rescue. Sprinkle the cinnamon on ants’ tracks and hills and everywhere you don’t want to see ant life. They hate the smell of the cinnamon, and will soon start to avoid those places where you puffed it.
4. The cinnamon protects seedlings from plant diseases
There are several fungal and other plant diseases that could easily cause your seedlings to fade away. So, do dust your soil with the fresh cinnamon powder to safeguard your seedlings from various diseases’ attacks.
5. The cinnamon is an effective fungicide
Have you spotted any plants suffering from fungal diseases? If yes, then mix some cinnamon into warm water, and let it steep overnight. Sprain and pour it in a spray bottle. Spray your plants with this remedy. It does work!