Iron For Apple Trees and Other Family Wisdom

This reader's family taught him some handy tips for gardening.
By Robert Lee
December 2003/January 2004
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I love the earth and working with it. Here are some tidbits passed down from — family. My grandfather drove a nail into the ground near his apple trees. He said this gave them needed iron.

My grandmother saved her wood ashes in a pile in the corner of the yard. In spring we would haul the ashes to the garden in a wheelbarrow; then my grandfather plowed them into the soil. They had a wonderful garden.

My uncle taught me to never kill a black snake in or near the garden. He said they catch mice and rats.

Robert Lee
Williamsburg, Kentucky
 








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