Have you ever been driving around a neighborhood and saw a lawn that stuck out? I mean, it looked like the most luscious green grass the world has ever known? I know I used to drive around and I would occasionally wonder why one lawn looked so vibrant and full of color, and all the other lawns in the neighborhood looked completely dead, or something was off, like they’d have patches of grass missing or discoloration (I’d see a lot of brown grass mixed with all sorts of different colored green grass). I would think to myself, I wonder how they keep their lawn looking so amazing all the time? It turns out that activated charcoal is the secret to their gardening success.
Where to Buy Activated Charcoal for Gardening?
Before my wife got me into gardening I had no idea how some people could keep their yard looking so pristine and immaculate looking. One day my wife told me to go out and buy her some activated charcoal. My first thought was, are we going to have a BBQ tonight, and if so, why does it need to be activated charcoal? So, of course I had to ask her what exactly activated charcoal is and why does she need it? After that she explained to me all the benefits of adding activated charcoal to the soil in our yard; raising the soil’s PH level, increasing the air circulation, and it also helps the soil retain both water and nutrients. Oh and I later found out it helps neutralizes pesticides that you need to remove from the soil as well (talk about an all-in-one fertilizer). Here is how it actually works.
Looking Online for Activated Charcoal
When I left to the store I noticed that some of the prices were a little expensive, so I went on my phone and searched for best places to buy activated charcoal, and low and behold, some of the #1 recommended places to buy activated charcoal was at your local fish store, and I also saw some suggestions for buying on Amazon. Considering that I was already driving around, I decided I would go to our local fish store about 15 minutes away from me. I found exactly what I was looking for, 24 ounces of activated charcoal for a little over $8.00 after taxes. Later I found the same stuff on Amazon for closer to $6.00 but it wasn’t that big of a deal to me.
Using Activated Charcoal in the Garden
When I got home my wife and I started to unpack the activated charcoal and put the little pellets into our garden next to our yard. We started growing our own food (both fruits and vegetables) about a year ago, and my wife likes to grow her own flowers (don’t ask me what kind of flowers she grows because although she tells me all the time, I can never remember the names of them). Right now we have carrots, cucumbers, and potatoes growing in our vegetable garden, and we have tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries growing for our fruits. This last season was by far the best harvest that we’ve experienced! I credit that to my wife telling me to pick up the activated charcoal, even though I had no idea what it was at the time.
Getting a Better Yield in the Garden
After using the activated charcoal in our soil we’ve noticed riper, more colorful, juicier fruits and vegetables, and the taste is much better than anything you can buy at the grocery store. I can’t believe how much of a difference in taste there was! Now instead of going to the pet store to buy our activated charcoal, we consistently buy from Amazon and have the activated charcoal sent directly to our house, so we can save both time and money (every little penny adds up when you are constantly buying things for your garden).
Now that we’ve found a brand that we like, we get to reap the benefits of using activated charcoal in our garden. We have some of the best tasting fruits and veggies I’ve ever ate before, and my wife’s flowers look like something you’d see out of a story book. They smell better than before, look better than before, and I’m sure they must be as healthy as we are by now! I can’t say enough about how much activated charcoal has helped us in growing out our green thumbs, and I know it can help you too when it comes to your gardening skills. I hope you get a chance to try it out and see the difference for yourself. I know once you try it and find a good brand to buy, you’ll never want to use any other type of fertilizer out there. Here’s to happy gardening!