Laughable Myths About Gardening Finally Debunked!

Laughable Myths About Gardening Finally Debunked!

Perhaps gardening is among the few hobbies riddled with too much superstition and folklore. For someone who has been in gardening industry for quite some time, I’ve probably heard hundreds of wide-ranging myths on plants and gardens. Some have half truths in them but the rest are downright laughable.

Here let’s debunk some of the silliest myths about gardening that you might hear.

  1. Never water the plants at mid-day.

Anyone who has been gardening must have surely heard about this myth. No one actually knows when and where did this belief originated. Often disguised as a well-meaning advice, some people believe that watering at noon can cause your plants to die. According to those who believe in this myth, the water droplets tend to magnify the sun’s rays onto the leaves thus causing it to wither. Well, if there’s any truth in this myth, many gardens should have dried out because of occasional mid-day downpours. Had this been true, this could be a great excuse for someone who doesn’t want to work under the sweltering sun, isn’t it?

  1. Potatoes should be planted on Good Friday.

Good Friday varies from year to year. It can fall anywhere between the last week of March to last week of April. So, if you follow this myth, you’ll likely be planting potatoes on odd months of the year. When to plant potatoes should depend on the unique microclimate of your garden. You should also check the local climate of your place. To avoid planting during the wrong season, it is best to check cropping recommendations in your area.

  1. Stones should be laid in the pot for better drainage.

A lot of garden enthusiasts actually follow this tip. Adding gravel or stones into the bottom of pots is a common practice supposedly to improve drainage. To ensure adequate drainage, you should use containers with sufficient drainage holes in the base and high-quality potting soil. Better yet, you can place the pebbles or pot feet underneath the containers so water can freely drain out.

  1. Women on their monthly period should never work in the garden.

An ancient warning says that women should not touch a fruit tree, water plants or walk around the garden while they are menstruating. Doing so will cause the plants to wither and fruits to spoil. This one’s definitely a laughable tale! Perhaps, the only plausible reason why a woman on her monthly period should not be allowed to walk around the garden (or elsewhere) is if she’s having a heavy, messy discharge that it’s pouring down. Of course a good softcup for menstruation like the one you’ll read in this link can be a quick fix.

Better yet, a woman can wear any of the menstrual tampons reviewed at Top Ladies Secret while working in the garden. That monthly ‘visitor’ shouldn’t hamper your day at the garden.

  1. Organic pesticides are better because they’re harmless.

The organic origin of organic pesticides doesn’t make them harmless. These pesticides are still pesticides except that they are derived from natural sources. Organic pesticides, just like chemical pesticides, won’t discriminate beneficial from harmful pests. For instance, if you spray an organic insect killer, it will likely decimate both the unwanted pests like caterpillars and aphids, and the beneficial ones like lacewings and ladybugs. If you want your garden to be really free from any trace of harmful substances, do measures to attract beneficial bugs instead of spraying pesticides.