Do you want to make your garden grow? It’s only natural
I growmostly organic and find that doing so is sometimes difficult down here in the swamp. But like my grandmother always said, “You are what you eat.” That 4-foot, 11-inch pillar of strength lived by the golden rule and had me as her primary slave in the garden that supplied her kitchen. Mary Hill was a giant in the fight to grow clean organic food
Now letme tell you about a modern way of gardening that is relatively new: genetically modified (GM) foods. Companies create different species from common food items, such as veggies and milk, and other products, such as herbicides.
The DNA is compromised to provide a new product — a product that is sometimes beneficial but that many consider detrimental to humans.
A book— Seeds of Deception by Jeffery M. Smith — focuses on GM foods. It is a good read and will enlighten you about how scientists think. One example: Systemic pesticides are put in seeds to combat insects, but they stay in the veggies/fruits; then we eat them.
Enough of that. I was going to talk about some of the materials and re-agents that I use here in the swamp. As you know, I use beneficial bugs and beneficial natural elements to counteract the invasion of my garden and orchard by varmints, bugs, molds and diseases.
Most of the time, I use soap and water plus some nasty natural ingredients. Many times, I buy some insects and larvae to combat the invaders. At other times, I buy exudates to kill or inhibitmold and disease. Lastly, I use crazy old Florida Cracker defenses or cures that work. I’ll tell you about them.
The soap-and-water stuff: mix 1 gallon of water, 1 ounce of soap, 1 chew of tobacco, and 2 to 3 shots of hot sauce.
Beneficial insects include ladybugs, green lacewing predators, praying mantises and beneficial nematodes.
Some of the crazy things that I have learned over the years from gardeners and old Florida Crackers...
• Take a rolled-up newspaper or magazine and whack the trunk of a barren fruit tree to make it produce fruit.
• Throw some old burnt wood around your garden to keep the bugs away and produce great crops.
• Plant during the right time of the moon cycle to have a good crop. Read the Farmers Almanac to determine planting times and what the weather will be for the year.
• The final smart thing for all who garden: Check the sun’s path on June 21 and Dec. 21 to find its celestial path and the perfect place for your garden or orchard.
We are but the servants of nature. Photosynthesis, aided by the sun, and the elements of nature really make the products we eat. Remember. to grow as naturally as possible.
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