Dumping Charcoal in my Garden
Last year, I planted a small section of my yard with squash, and it was going great, until one day I looked at it and saw a frightful mess: the squash stalks were all smooshed, the leaves were turning brown and it smelled bad.
For several years, I had grown tomatoes in the same spot, with very marginal success.
I concluded, with no scientific basis or anything to go on except what counts for me as intuition, that maybe the ground was sick.
Late last fall, I smoked some meat and had a grill going simultaneously, so we had a lot of charcoal and burnt-up wood bits left over. Taking a cue from the Maya, whose slash-and-burn agricultural technique continuously replenished the soil with nutrients, I dumped the charcoal onto this problematic part of the yard.
Wednesday, wandering through a local garden store, I spotted some bags of carbon bits which, I understood from the label, were to be used to cleanse the soil in a garden. This confirmed my belief that maybe, just maybe the charcoal and burnt-up wood bits would help this patch of my garden…so I rototilled the spot, mixing up everything up. Have not yet planted anything there, but will.
Might there be any merit to this approach?
“We all have to stand before the kitchen gods.” Chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni