Leah Sattler wrote:
next time I am in tulsa I can bring you a flourescent light if you want.
Thailand- they have a factory making rope and furniture from the stems of the plants.They burn the plant and make soap using the ashes. Water hyacinth briquettes are made.They grow tomato crops on top of a type of water hyacinth raft. (land is very scarce in this area)
Uganda- In Luzira Maximum Security prison all meals are cooked from the biogas that is given off from a digester plant using water hyacinth and cow dung. The prisoners weave sleeping mats from the plant.
Florida - they lead the way with using sterilised water hyacinth mulch as a compost for growing mushrooms on. The yield of mushrooms is excellent and as this is a good food source it should be seriously investigated.
Java, Philippines and Formosa - the flowers, leaves and petioles are eaten as a vegetable.
The leaves produce a rich compost on which food gardens can be established.
It can be ploughed straight into the land as a mulch. It has a high water content so keeps the soil moist. It also has a high nitrogen content.
The roots are effective in water purification.
Burning dried water hyacinth as a fuel.
Mushrooms can be grown on sterilised chopped up water hyacinth mulch. This is being done in Zimbabwe at HIV/Aids orphanages in an attempt to supplement the children's diet with mushrooms.
Water hyacinth grows very, very quickly.
Fish cannot breathe and boats cannot travel when a pond or river is covered by the weed.
The blooms of the hyacinth also provide a breeding place for insects and diseases.
Many people in different countries are working to find new uses for water hyacinth.
Perhaps water hyacinth is a problem in your area as well.
If so, then you will want to know about the many uses of the water hyacinth.
There are all kinds of things the weed is good for after it is harvested.
People in Uganda use water hyacinth to make paper and mats.
You can dry or cook the weed and feed it to your cows.
But remember, animals may get sick if they change their diet suddenly, so make sure you mix the water hyacinth with other feed!
You can also use water hyacinth for compost.
Women in Fiji weave baskets with dried water hyacinth.
Farmers in Bangladesh and Burma make floating vegetable gardens.
They heap mud on top of densely packed water hyacinth and grow all sorts of vegetables.
Some people compress dried water hyacinth into logs and burn it for fuel.
are all of these good for eating or just some of them?