Have You Ever Heard Of This Gross Gardening Hack?
My soon-to-be-brother-in-law (see what I did there? Pressure lol) who lives in Springville gave me some strange advice. But, it's safe to say you can always trust someone in Springville/Arcade/Holland with farming and gardening advice--they all know what they're doing out there.
I told him that my garden was not doing too hot. Of course, it's probably just me--after all, I lost the first batch of veggies because I planted them before Labor Day...and it snowed mid-May in Buffalo and just killed everything. I should have known better.
We decided, it may be the soil, could be the lack of water, could be the lack of nutrients. But, his suggestion? Pee on the tomato plants. My first reaction was 'that's insane there's no way that works', but according to Popsci.com, the study has already been done:
Human urine works remarkably well as a fertilizer for tomatoes, according to a new study out of Finland. Plants fertilized with a mixture of stored human urine and wood ash produced 4.2 times more fruit than plants without the pee, the study found".
HAS ANYONE EVER HEARD OF THIS?! My wife is less than thrilled. But, she also doesn't understand why guy like peeing outside LOL
Here are some other tips that listeners called in and gave usFriday morning. What else can you add to the list?
- Cinnamon powder on seedlings to prevent diseases.
- Cut a pop bottle horizontally in half and put one half over your seedlings when you first start to make a 'greenhouse' that will protect the young plants as they get their roots stronger.
- Use coffee grounds to keep rodents away from your garden.
- Eggshells will also prevent pests.