“Squanto taught our ancestors that there is a biology to the soil and when you feed the soil, you in turn feed the plant. Not to mention the soil is further improved for the next year."
Thomson, IL (PRWEB) November 19, 2012
When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in November of 1620, it was cold, windy and they were short on supplies. In fact, they were far north of where they had expected to be, and for those who survived that first brutal winter, they were in for an even greater shock...
"The soil quality at Plymouth Rock, combined with their old-world farming techniques, was producing far less food than the colony needed to survive"
Fortunately for the Pilgrims, a kind-hearted, knowledgeable Native American offered to help. His name was Squanto, and years before, he had been sold into slavery in Europe. During his captivity, he traveled around England and the continent, learned English and watched how the Europeans used technology to their advantage.
After returning to America, Squanto was able to apply what he had learned and adapt it to Native American lifestyle, resulting in revolutionary techniques that helped the Pilgrims develop a bountiful harvest that would produce that First Thanksgiving dinner - a feast that actually lasted three days!
Squanto's secrets helped the Pilgrims overcome the harsh elements, poor soil quality and old-world techniques that were poorly suited for the new land. As a modern-day gardener myself, I was fascinated to discover these secrets and wondered if they might be relevant today, when even home gardeners struggle with soil quality and planting techniques.
“The practices that Squanto introduced are still very prevalent today,” said Nick Huizenga, Senior Botanist of Heirloom Solutions. “Squanto taught our ancestors that there is a biology to the soil and when you feed the soil, you in turn feed the plant. Not to mention the soil is further improved for the next year."
Heirloom Solutions is a partner of Off The Grid News and specializes in heirloom seed varieties and seed saving.