To be ahead of the gardening curve, don’t believe these gardening myths. Kathy Huber says that for some reason, myths, whether about gardening or something else, have a strange way of being held to be true. And this is despite the fact that there is proof to discredit the myth. Maybe it’s because some of those old wives’ tales occasionally are scientifically proven to be true. However, don’t believe these gardening myths, says Kathy, because they have been proven not to be true.
1. Myth: Don’t water during the heat of the day because you’ll scorch the plants. “Heck, I sure wouldn’t want to wait until it cooled off to get a drink if I were about to pass out and die,” quips Greg Grant of Stephen F. Austin Gardens in Nacogdoches and author of “Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening.” . . .”If plants are hot and wilted, water the darned things. Funny how they don’t scorch after a summertime surprise thunderstorm.”
Kathy has listed ten common myths that are just that, myths. I’ll include information here about my favorites. Kathy tackles the myths of over-fertilizing onions and goldenrod making you sneeze. She also dispels the myth that drought tolerant plants do not need to be watered. I particularly liked the fifth myth she busted about the advice some people give to improve clay soils.
5. Myth: Adding sand and gypsum will loosen heavy clay soils. “Amending large quantities of sand to heavy claylike soil is a formula (for) making bricks,” Rodriguez (Bexar County horticultural extension agent) says. “The notion that gypsum will loosen tight clay soils is also a wrong assumption.” Long term, the best way to adjust heavy clay soil is to increase its organic matter content, he advises. “This is typically done through amending flower beds with liberal amounts of a high-grade finished compost. On lawns, a seasonal application of finely screened compost in conjunction with core aeration will increase the lawns’ water-holding capacity as well as encourage a deeper root system with better air circulation.”
Wish I’d have know about myth number five several years ago. My clay soil didn’t improve when I added gypsum, but that’s what I was told to do at the big box store. That says a whole lot for going to people who know what they’re talking about rather than trusting a salesperson. Compost it will be in the future. Don’t believe these gardening myths and the other ones in Kathy’s article. Click here to read about the rest of the myths you don’t want to continue believing. You can also click on the link below to read Kathy’s article. Tell us what you think, and like us on Facebook.