The use of copper in agriculture traces back to the Bronze Age (around 3000 BC), and for decades many have sworn by its benefits for the plants and the soil. Copper is making a comeback as people are rediscovering it’s many benefits for agriculture and gardening.
Copper gardening tools enrich the soil with coppertrace elements and thereby provide plants with essential nutrients. Copper is an essential element for plant growth. Soils naturally contain copper in some form or another. Inadequate levels of copper can lead to poor growth, delayed flowering, and plant sterility. Copper deficiency in plant growth may appear as wilting with leaf tips turning a bluish-green color. Copper also has natural antimicrobial properties, as well as biostatic properties (which inhibit further growth of bacteria). Therefore, maintaining fair amounts of copper in the garden is important.
Copper is also a popular defense against slugs and snails, especially as people move away from toxic, chemical-based pest controls. Small strips of copper can be placed around your garden, flower pots or raised beds like a “fence” to deter slugs.
Added bonus, your copper tools will never rust! So be kind to your soil and use copper!