Stainless steel gazing balls, also called mirror balls, should not be confused with the cheaper gazing balls sometimes mounted on or in inexpensive whimsical garden statues and yard art. They can be quite pretty and definitely decorative, but they will not benefit your garden’s health or last years like our stainless steel gazing balls will.
Gazing Balls will make my garden healthier?
Yes, you bet! Here’s how it works: The very material that makes these particular gazing balls so indestructible, shiny, weather-resistant and just plain pretty is the same material, stainless steel, that will attract the static charges in the air around them. Have you ever noticed how everything seems to green-up right after a good thunderstorm? Well, contrary to popular belief, it is not the rain that causes this, but the excess nitrogen that is produced as the result of the lightning. So, just as the air is charged by lightning (though at a dangerously high voltage), the area around the stainless steel spheres is charged and then, through the miracle of science, the air around the gazing balls is saturated with up to 78 percent nitrogen, naturally, ensuring your veggies, flowers, lawn and shrubs get a good healthy dose and thrive like never before. The process is complicated, but the name is easy: electroculture.
What is Electroculture?
Once popular in the ’70s, the science, and therefore the positive effects, were not entirely known at that time. Gardeners knew that electricity could be beneficial to their gardens, but getting it there was difficult, often involving the use of make-shift towers built with wires extending into the ground, kind of like portable lightning rods. Yes, some attempts were actually dangerous and most were terrifically unsightly. Almost all were labor-intensive, which is just one of the many reasons why the practice, though extremely beneficial, was given up on. It was much easier to spread chemical-based fertilizers, the long-term effects of that bad decision not known until many, many years later.
Now, however, the science is well-known and studied, even by those not of the professional scientist persuasion, such as the simple, but effective, experiment performed here. After years of chemical use, we now have an understanding of the damage done to our delicately balanced eco-systems. Pesticides are the biggest culprit, almost bringing to an end the species of the Bald Eagle, and hurting many others, but chemically based fertilizers can be just as detrimental, running off into our ponds and streams and even infiltrating our ground water. The long-term effects on our wildlife are still being studied, though the decline in the frog population is an indicator of worse results to come. The less we use, the better!
Pretty and Useful!
So now you have a conundrum. In these tough economic times, many of us have turned to growing our own vegetables and have given up the weekly or bimonthly gardener or landscaper we used to hire to keep our lawns looking nice. This means a lot of us have been learning new skills, mostly through trial and error. And, as is usual, many of us are finding out that our thumbs aren’t so green and that maintaining our gardens and lawns is not as easy as it might have looked when someone else was doing it. In fact, there are probably a bunch of folks with a whole new appreciation for the farmer/gardener.
Enter the stainless steel gazing ball! Pretty? No doubt about it! Decorative? Definitely! Cheaper than fertilizer? That’s a BIG yes! Renewable resource? Of course. The air is free, the static charge is already there and the quality of our stainless steel gazing balls is unsurpassed. They will not peel, chip or fade. The color stays fresh; you just rinse them off and polish them with a soft cloth occasionally.
All you have to do is buy two or three and place them strategically around your yard and/or gardens to activate their nitrogen producing capabilities. The rest, as they say, is up to Mother Nature!
Here’s to happier gardens and gardeners everywhere!