There are some pretty wild old wive’s tales out there that claim some crazy things.
There’s one that says that a woman shouldn’t work in her garden when she’s experiencing menstruation, and beyond getting aggravated with weeds when feeling a little moody, this is absurd.
That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a grain of truth in some of these old wive’s tales 😉
There are several that you can potentially apply during your activities for fertilizing when pre-planting and throughout the year.
1. Eggs: My Personal Favorite
I had read an old wive’s tale about planting an egg under your seed or seedling to give it an extra boost during the growing season and decided to use it one year.
I had already planted several tomato plants before I remembered to grab the egg carton I’d purposefully purchased for this planting experiment.
I decided to divide up the eggs and planted an equal number of my tomatoes in the regular garden beds and my raised beds with and without eggs along with two of my pepper plants.
The ones with the eggs did decidedly better that year, and I’ve planted a whole egg under each plant since.
I’ve never had a problem with smell, animals digging it up, or other issues you could imagine happening with this old wive’s tale.
I’ve seen some resources that say that egg shells take a long time to decompose in the soil and they are better suited to the compost bin, but I was pleased with the differences and plan to continue with this old wive’s tale.
2. Eggshell Tea
Another that is similar to burying the whole egg is an eggshell tea.
In this method, you’ll want to take just the eggshells and put them in a closed container. Add water to the shells, and let them sit for a few weeks.
After this period of time, you can dilute the tea with water and apply to your plants in the spring after you’ve planted.
This sounds interesting considering the benefits that can come from compost tea, but I’d imagine this has the potential to be a rather smelly addition.
There are a few people online that swear by this concoction, so it may be worthwhile to give a try.
Below is a quick video demonstrating these strange eggshell fertilizer practises for your garden…
There’s an old wive’s tale that says that you should plant matchsticks with pepper plants.
The belief is that the phosphorous and phosphorous sesquisulfide in the match heads are beneficial to the plant’s development.
These both assist with the development of buds and setting of fruit along with making the soil more acidic.
There are two different ways it’s suggested to add matchsticks…
You can either plant a book of matches in the soil near the pepper plant you’re transplanting (not next to as this could be damaging) or put matchsticks with the match heads down into the soil in a circle around the base of the pepper plant. You’ll want to add about 10 matchsticks in this manner.
4. Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are an excellent item to have around the home when it comes to soothing aches and pains of being in the garden weeding all day, but does it have a purpose in the garden?
In some cases, yes, Epsom salts can have a great boost for your blooms and setting fruit.
The main thing in this old wive’s tale is the amount of magnesium and sulfur in your soil.
If your soil is low on magnesium or sulfur, Epsom sales will replace it and help your plants thrive. This is great for tomatoes, peppers, and rose bushes.
However, after using it one year, you may find that your soil still has an ample amount of magnesium, so applying it may not have the same effect as it did the previous year.
Below is a video about Epsom salts from garden YouTuber Gary Pilarchik….
Each of these unusual pre-planting fertilizers has roots in old wive’s tales, but gardeners are still using them today.
Have you tried any unique methods of fertilizing your soil before planting?
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