I was giving a friend in Mississippi some tips for feeding his garden plants and it dawned on me that I had neglected to give the word to the survivalists on my blog. So here goes. This is a very much tested method used by my good friend Bruce Burdick, one of the best gardeners I have ever had the pleasure to meet. And Bruce is a scientist. He measures. He records his data. He weighs his crops. He cans his food. He is willing to prove or disprove every thing he does. And he has been a collegiate football player and a Rugby player. He is a big mutha and likes his beer. And he can brew, ferment, and distill. A guy you need on your side!
The plant feeding method is called Foliar Spray. It works on a very simple principle. When the dew is on the ground in the morning, the stoma, we call them pores if they are on our skin, open up and take in the dew. When the dew dries up, the stoma close to keep the plant from LOSING the water just taken in. Pretty slick.
You can use this to your advantage in feeding your garden. It's called the 1% Solution.
You get a hand sprayer that holds a gallon of water and you add an ounce and a quarter of each of the following ingredients:
Builders Lime (300 grit or finer)
Shake well and spray on your garden every two weeks. You can do it a little more often if you go into drought or heavy rains. Both these condiditons will leach nutrients from your soil.
You should do this when the dew is on the ground. The plants will pick it up immediately. I have read in studies performed in Ohio that the ingredients in the spray have been detected in the roots of the plants within 20 minutes of spraying.
The Molasses can by substituted with plain old sugar if need be. You can even use Pepsi Cola if you want. The Molasses will help fight mold but if you haven't got it, use any high sugar food you wish. The sugar stimulates the good soil microbes. They love it.
I will try to get Bruce Burdick to contribute some writing to the blog. He is a highly developed gardener and can put full measure of your produce on your table or in your canning jars. He can help us all to stay alive!