"Grandma's Stone". The way of improving crop yields 02.04.2019 12:17:04
Vintage life-hack of increasing the harvest
Responding to question on the site “why don't plums bloom?” I decided to write about one tested method that makes trees grow a little later than expected, thus giving them and us a chance to get fruit even if spring was not very warm.
I used to harvest the crop from the plum about once every 3-4 years, due to my plums flowered in the period of returning frosts and thus we were left without a crop. Granny grew up in the harsh conditions of Siberia, but thanks to her father's knowledge they obtained the harvest of fruits and berries. He laid a large stone under all the newly planted seedlings. My granny couldn't explain me why I should put a stone under the seedling, but she convinced me. I and my husband dragged some stones in the fall, dug a little hole under a plum and set them closer to the roots, sprinkled them with earth and laid a layer of mulch. Dragged, buried and forgot. We really harvested the plums the next year, unlike our neighbors. After a couple of years in winter when I sat to analyze my labors and make entries in the garden diaries, I remembered that the plum bears fruit every year despite the return frosts during flowering. I began searching in the forums, whether the secret was in stone? It turned out that the stone, heating up in the soil in the summer, gives out heat to the roots longer, and after the winter the tree grows later. Stone must be laid at the root when you plant a tree. We remembered the “Grandma's Stone” when we were laying a cherry orchard from new seedlings
and put under all the trees a good cobblestone. I'm with the harvest! We eat peaches planted with stones, and do not worry about weather! My hazel did not bear fruit for a long time.
I took several appendages from her. At first I wanted to inoculate them, but after analyzing the experience with the stone, I landed them in a permanent place, buried them upon the stone, put a small layer of stones of a small size a dense layer under the mother bush around the trunk. I'm with nuts! Hooray!
Was it magic stone or time has come. I do not want to impose the idea of the omnipotence of stones, but our ancestors fed 10-12 mouths from gardens. Their experience is valuable to this day! Maybe this method will also come in handy!
I think that the property of stones to give and retain heat can be used in the bed's device. Such beds will be much more aesthetic than beds with plastic bottles!