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Is Electroculture Gardening the Next Great Thing in Plant Care?

It might be time to put down the fertilizer, if electroculture gardening is here to stay.

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Home gardeners always seek new and innovative ways to improve their gardens and increase their yields. This is particularly true now, when at-home fruit and vegetable gardening is becoming increasingly popular.

It may come as no surprise, then, that a new trend in home gardening is taking the internet by storm. It originated on TikTok (because where else, right?), and it has home gardeners ditching their pesticides and fertilizers in favor of this natural, organic gardening method. It’s called electroculture gardening, and it’s all about using atmospheric electricity to improve plant growth. Here’s everything you need to know about this magnetic new gardening trend. 

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What is electroculture gardening?

Electroculture gardening is the practice of harnessing the Earth’s natural atmospheric energy to promote plant growth, increase crop yields, and deter pests.

“The method is based on a long-standing observation that natural electric and magnetic forces in the environment play a central role in the growth and development of plants,” says Jennifer Schutter, Certified Master Gardener and editor of Plantcarefully. This method eliminates the need for pesticides and fertilizers, which makes it particularly popular among organic gardening enthusiasts.

According to the website Electroculture.life, four common methods are used in electroculture gardening: spiral antenna, pyramid antenna, magnetic antenna, and a Lakhovsky coil. These tools are commonly created from copper but can also be made using wood, zinc, or brass. The atmospheric antennas are placed in the garden, with the bases buried several inches deep in the soil.

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