4 out of 5 colonists agree that planting your corn on top of a fish results in better yields.
It’s no “fish story” that the colonists learned from the Native Americans to plant their corn crops with a fish. They didn’t know why it worked, but they knew that it did.
Today, we can understand that the decay of the fish provides a nitrogen rich environment for plants, and that nitrogen is essential for leaf growth and that leaf growth is essential for plant health. Corn needs plentiful amounts of nitrogen throughout it’s entire growth cycle. This makes perfect sense when you consider a kernel the size of pea will end up being six foot tall and produce hundreds of seeds.
I use a combination of a few fish based fertilizers with results that keep me content.
It's like Magic from the Sea
I use Sea Magic on everything for many reasons.
- It’s inexpensive. Generally under $5 per packet each packet makes 60 gallons. That’s pretty inexpensive.
- You make a “tea” with it then use the “tea” as a water supplement when you want to feed.
- I have never had a problem with “burning” plants, even the tiniest of seedlings when I use my kelp tea.
- Plants love it! The proof is in the pudding. Healthy plants, huge yields and gorgeous fruits and veggies.
Sea Magic "tea" ready to go.
“If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”
“A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective.”
“Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining outside when Noah built the Ark.”
We’ve heard it all before. We must make a plan. Planning is good.
I must say though, in gardening, plans can change. This is sticky for me. I’m not obsessive as to be diagnosed as such, but I have tendencies. You know, I’m the kind of person that makes a list of the lists she needs to make. The kind of person that when she realizes she has left it off of the list, writes it in to cross it off. Yep. I’m that girl.
At this point you either, know me, hate me, or are me. I completely understand all three of these. I know…that meticulous planning helps me feel in control when there is no way to completely be in control. I hate…that I make myself and my immediate family crazy obsessing about seemingly inconsequential details. I am…aware that is just how I am and I, and my immediately family, are just going to have to deal with it.
As this is not a post about psychological awareness per se , let’s get to the garden.
There are certain gardening schedules that we really must be very strict about in order to get a good result. On the other hand, there are some things that we can loosen up about without adversely effecting our outcome or ruining our lives. As with most things in life, it seems we must do our best to prepare for an outcome, then adapt and overcome if it all goes pear shaped. It’s the ballet of the garden.
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