Facts About Gardening Myths
Developing a garden is one of the most fulfilling activities you can do in your pastime. Knowing that your hands will be getting a little bit dirty, but trust me, it’s worth it! Starting an aromatic herb garden, growing delightful vegetables, or a beautiful bed of fragrant flowers is exciting! I know that it can be challenging to start, most especially if you don’t even know what is gardening, and asking yourself what do plants need to grow, still there’s no reason to complicate things, because lots of helpful gardening advice has been handed down over the generations, yet you have to be careful because false information also continues to be shared online.
I read some myths from the book of Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard’s “Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations”. I go after this gardening advice because they provide some brilliant, reliable, and research-based answers to the most asked questions. So here are the nine of my favorite myths and the facts we should all consider in gardening.
Don’t plant flowers under trees. (Myth)
(Fact)•Flower beds look beautiful under the trees. Flowers can essentially keep trees healthy because they are more sustainable than grass and require less water. To minimize the soil disturbance, you can use perennials and grow only small flower plants if possible.
Ladybugs are the best predators to release in the garden. (Myth)
(Fact) Ladybugs are considered beneficial to the garden that helps clear an area of mealybugs, aphids, mites, and other damaging insects. Ladybugs feed on vegetable-eating like those which are mentioned. Gillman and Maynard suggest to release predatory insects like a minute pirate bug, big-eyed bug, and green lacewing larvae on the field they like to feed on.
Full-sun plants grow only in full sun. (Myth)
(Fact) Gillman and Maynard explain that in between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at least 6 hours only. Maynard has successfully planted “full-sun” flowers in places that take shorter than three hours of sunlight, with filtered sun in the afternoon, and it turns out that plants in the neighborhood that get much more light are healthier compared to the one planted. Anyhow, some gardeners recommended experimenting with low-priced plants to see if they can do something about it.
Divided shrubs will always come back. (Myth)
(Fact) Woody plants have these roots who aren’t flexible like other perennials. Divided shrubs may survive, but the ability to regenerate is absurd, which means they can no longer look the same as their natural shape before. The outgrowth shrubs like lilacs and spireas have many benefits, but preferably, the best way to produce shrubs is from snipping.
Veggies must have full sun. (Myth)
(Fact) Mostly full sun veggies need six hours straight of direct sunlight to thrive; this includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and eggplant. But some vegetables need at least four hours of sunlight a day. These are usually listed as “partial sun” veggies in the garden. These are peas, beets, broccoli, cabbage, and onions. And more thing, full shade vegetables mean that these get only about 2-4 hours of sunlight. Veggies like kale, arugula, endive, lettuce, spinach, mustard greens are full shade vegetables.
Divide and transplant only in spring and autumn. (Myth)
(Fact) Spring, late summer and early autumn is the preferred time to transplant and divide many different kinds of plants, including spring-flowering perennials. Sheild transplants from the summer sun’s heat by doing it in the early morning, evening, or on cloudy days. Don’t forget to water the plants if they seem stressed. Avoid transplanting in early winter and when the ground is about to freeze because you may lose plants to the cold. You can leave the plants during their flowering and fruiting seasons and plan to transplant or divide them during their off-seasons.
Plant trees deeply. (Myth)
(Fact) Conforming to Gillman and Maynard, that planting trees profoundly is not a good idea. Roots that supply the largest amount of air, water, and nutrients are mere inches under the soil. Trees planted deeply may not be very healthy and seem like they are struggling to thrive. A tree may last until fall but will never survive the wintertime because of the damaged bark, which has insufficient food storage.
Change potting soil in containers every season. (Myth)
Fact: Gillman and Maynard coincide with a viable agreement that dumping soil every year can apparently kill potted plants. Exchanging out some plants will aid and retain your pots looking vivid and succulent from spring to winter. Everything can look perfect by switching out the plants to balance the seasons. You need to imagine big things for your container garden all year round.
Louie is the father behind the travel blog Browseeverywhere.com. He has a background in photography, E-commerce, and writing product reviews online at ConsumerReviews24. Traveling full time with his family was his ultimate past-time. If he’s not typing on his laptop, you can probably find him watching movies.