We’ve compiled a list of the most common gardening myths and quickly debunked them to save you time and effort.
Myth 1: The compost bins should be placed on the soil
To begin decomposition of soil and worms, they must come into contact with the compost ingredients. However, compost bins can be used on any hard surface, such as concrete slabs or paving slabs.
A mature compost from another container can be used to prime a compost bin. This will allow worms to enter a compost bin that is placed on a flat surface. A thick layer of newspaper or cardboard can be used to attract them.
Myth 2: Never stake young trees
Some trees do not need to be staked immediately after they are planted. Trees older than two years and grafted trees will still need support. However, it is important to remove stakes and ties as soon as possible to avoid over-reliance that can cause a weaker tree. Except for small grafted apple trees, which require support all the time, it is best to check with your supplier before you plant these.
Myth #3: Stones in pots improve drainage
Instead of using potting soil, you can make sure that drainage is adequate by choosing containers with drainage holes in their base. You can also add drainage holes to your container. To allow excess water to drain from the drainage holes, stand containers on pebbles or pot feet.
Myth #4: Eggshells discourage snails
Slugs love to congregate in dark, damp areas so place planks of wood or stone slabs, or grapefruit shells upturned, strategically located. Then, patrol frequently to capture and destroy them. Slugs will also love beer and will drown if they are allowed to drink it.
Myth 5: Plant potatoes on GoodFriday
This is a common myth, as the Good Friday date varies from one year to the next. It can fall anywhere between 22 March and 25 April. There’s also the climate. This varies greatly depending on where you live and how your garden is set up.
Myth 6: Bean and pea roots feed the soil
Peas, beans and beans belong to the legume family. Legumes use soil bacteria for nitrogen fixation. It follows that the roots of peas and beans should be left in the soil for the next crop. This is especially true for nitrogen-hungry vegetables such as cabbage. The soil retains very little nitrogen because most of it is trapped in the pods.
Myth 7: Organic pesticides can be harmful
Organic pesticides are not necessarily safe. Many organic pesticides don’t distinguish between beneficial and pest insects, just like chemical pesticides.
As an example, take the insect killer Pyrethrum. It kills whiteflies, aphids, and hungry caterpillars. However, it also eliminates good insects like ladybugs or lacewings which would naturally control them.