Gardening Tip: Grit Marks the Spot
Tip Tuesday – Mom Wisdom
What’s the Problem?
You sow a packet of seeds or plant out tiny seedlings in a garden bed.
A few weeks later you remember, in the recesses of your scattered brain, that you had high hopes of zinnia’s this year – didn’t you plant some??
Gardeners are optimistic by nature.
How else could you put a shriveled up seed in the ground, expecting a riot of blooms a few weeks later?
Every year, I give into this optimism and spread seeds and plants around with abandon.
Then some shiny object (life) comes along and distracts me. I’m always sure I’ll remember where I planted everything (that’s the optimism speaking), but I always lose track of a few of my good intentions.
Result – wasted time, effort and money.
There’s a solution.
Chicken grit is a product used to keep chickens healthy; they eat it – some call it out as mere sand.
Maybe. But it’s more sophisticated than that.
Grit particles are much larger than sand, and they stand out against the garden soil.
Sprinkle some over the area just planted, and you will have a visual reminder that something awesome is lurking in the ground.
Chicken grit comes in bulk, and it’s inexpensive.
You can pick up a bag at the feed supply store – ask for the plain stuff. Chicken grit can contain probiotics, supplements, grains – you don’t need to pay extra for bells and whistles.
It doesn’t blow away (like perlite) and stays in place when gently watered.
It keeps the soil from caking. This trait is helpful with seeds that take extra time to germinate – like carrots and parsley.
Many garden experts claim that chicken grit will prevent damping off disease in the seed starting process. That’s not the point of this tip, but if you are an indoor seed starter, it’s nice to know it has multiple uses.
Oh, you can also feed it to your bodacious babes (aka. chickens) if you are fortunate enough to have a flock.