So just when you start to think you know a little bit about gardening, you learn something new and sometimes, it really isn’t something you think you wanted to learn. It’s been that kind of week while I’ve been visiting friends and touring gardens.
And when it comes to learning things, I think I have now passed the threshold of “interesting” gardening techniques.
We had dinner with a rather young (but determined and enthusiastic gardener) who confessed her secret to growing rather amazingly sized pepper plants in containers. These were indeed monstrous plants and would have been the envy of any botanic garden. Her problem was that she had limited garden space; with absolutely no real soil in her condo. So being totally organic as well, she used whatever came her way as fertilizer.
As a young student, she was told tales of Native Americans growing superb crops of corn by placing a small dead fish at the bottom of each corn plant. The decaying fish would feed the plant and bumper crops would result. Nobody starved to death with this method of growing vegetables.
Her problem of course was that there were no fish to catch near her condo and even if she did, her cat would have eaten them pretty quickly.
The cat of course preferred to catch mice in the nearby common area and bring them home to leave them on the back step.
One day our friend decided that instead of throwing the dead mice into the garbage, she would recycle them by burying them in her container gardens. I was told the pepper plant was an experiment and seeing as it was doing quite nicely, this was going to be the fate of every other mouse that was cat-caught and dropped on the doorstep.
The pepper plant was, as I said, an amazing specimen but I’m not sure if I can bring myself to duplicate her results.
Would you eat a pepper from this container?