To add fertility, we mulch, add chicken manure and compost in thick layers. However, at home, there is more creativity involved to aiding plant health.
Deciding to go completely organic with fertilizing is not simple. Right now I am collecting certain plants which are known to fixate nutrients. My next post will be about making a compost tea to fertilize my containers and vegetables. If I had room in my garden, I would plant them directly at the source (near the compost bin) but since I don't, I will harvest along my garden route at work and use these plants at home.
|Burdock has hairy, wavy leaves.|
|Young Burdock leaves are grey.|
|Long Burdock roots. These draw up nutrients deep down in subsoil levels.|
The first on my list is Burdock (you know them, those common burs everyone hates when taking hikes and having little "hitch-hikers" stick to you like velcro). In the Greater Toronto Area, you can find them almost anywhere. They love disturbed soil and soils heavily mulched.
|Wear gloves, you don't want to know what stingy Nettle feels like on your skin.|
Comfrey is more difficult to find at this time of year. I hope to find a patch to harvest from soon.
Happy Earth Day Canada (April 22)!