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the best fertilizer is the footprints of the gardener

 
                            
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the best fertilizer is the footprints of the gardener

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what does this mean?
 
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To me, it means that the gardener walks through the garden, paying attention to what is going on.
 
                    
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Yes, footprints = attention.

The gardener who attends to his garden knows when the new transplants need water, and they survive and thrive.

The gardener who is paying attention spots a nutrient deficiency early and adds more mulch, compost, or other amendment so that the plants he/she favors will do well.

The gardener who spots 'weed' problems can intervene so that preferred plants will not be overwhelmed. 
 
                          
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Footprints in the beds are bad.  The gardener's shadow is better.

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hiawatha wrote:
the best fertilizer is the footprints of the gardener

oft quoted with no source

what does this mean?



It is a Chinese proverb.  It means that a gardener who spends a lot of time in the garden will be better able to notice when his plants need something so the need can be met as soon as possible.
 
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