Music for our plants!

Hello pals!

We have been extremely busy at the grove with winter preparations and some spring planning.

These days we are looking for ways to take care of our trees in a more natural way without using fertilisers. We have been thinking to plant some flowers around and in the groves to give a boost to our oranges and mandarins. I ‘ll tell you more about this in another post.

Really, what has got into my mind is music! I have been thinking a lot about music in relation to plants and how it can help them grow and flourish. I have been researching in books and on the internet about this kind of mystical and amazing connection.

Dorothy Retallack did a lot of experiments and wrote a book about the relation of plants and music back in the 1970s, named The Sound of Music and Plants. She found that the best music to play if you wish to help plants grow is soothing, positive music.

Plants don’t like harsh, heavy, angry or discordant sounds. They prefer traditional classical music such as work by the composer, J S Bach or smooth and melodic jazz music, such as material by Louis Armstrong.

Certain styles of World Music, such as Indian sitar music was also found to have a positive effect. But play it for three or four hours. Longer than this, the effects are negative, whatever style of music is played.

I ‘ll leave you with a fusion of waltz and jazz. It sounds perfect for our trees!

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Summer smoothie

Make this delicious summer smoothie using 225 gr assorted summer berries, juice of 1 orange, 1/2 watermelon and 4 ice cubes.

Put the orange juice and berries in the blender and blend until smooth. Add the watermelon and blend again. Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth.


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Homemade tea ice cubes

Make your ice cubes with your favorite tea instead of water. You will have full-flavoured iced tea instead of watered-down tea.

Take a little extra time to make the ice cubes a little more special.

Small slices of orange, lemon, or lime added to your ice cube sections before pouring the tea in will look beautiful when frozen and will add extra flavor to your tea as the ice cube melts.

For Blueberry Tea Cubes, add 2 blueberries to each section of your ice tray before pouring the tea in.

For Orange Tea Cubes, zest an orange into long strips. Add a strip of orange zest to each section of your ice tray. Pour the tea in and freeze.

For Strawberry Tea Cubes, add small pieces of strawberry to the sections of the ice tray before freezing.

For Apple Tea Cubes, add small chunks of apple with the peel left to your ice cube sections before pouring apple or any fruit tea into the tray.

For Ginger Tea Cubes, use a zester that makes long thin strips of ginger to liven up ginger tea ice cubes.

For Pineapple Tea Cubes, add small pieces of pineapple to your ice cube trays before filling with the tea.

Have fun with your ice cubes. The options are limitless.

From the book The Ultimate Tea Diet.

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