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Garden Myths – Meets Facebook

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We have had a lot of good comments on the site, but comments on blogs are not a great way to communicate and discuss topics. I want to expand the ability to connect with you, my readers, and to connect all of you to each other. To meet this goal I have set up a Facebook Group, called Garden Fundamentals.

Facebook: Garden Fundamentals

As you may know, I run two blogs that have overlapping topics and I wanted to combine both discussions in one place. I had to decide on using one name or the other, and Garden Fundamentals won out, mostly because of some other changes and announcements I will be making in a couple of months. If you have not visited my other blog, have a look at

Please join Garden Fundamentals Group now!

I will continue to answer questions in the comment section of this blog, but the Facebook Group will allow some new and better ways to communicate.

  • Suggest new topics for this blog – I’d love to know what interests you
  • Start your own discussions on myths that have not been discussed here
  • Post links to false advertising
  • Ask about the validity of new products
  • Add your own myth discussions
  • Talk about any gardening topic -there is more to life than myths 🙂

I am a regular on several gardening Facebook Groups and they are a great way to learn and discuss. I learn something new everyday from those groups and it is also a great way to get to know people with similar interests.

Please join the group and let’s have some fun!

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Does Peat Moss Acidify Soil?

Some very desirable plants like rhododendrons, azaleas and blueberries demand acidic soil and many gardeners have alkaline soil which is not suitable to grow these plants. The most common solution I’ve seen is to mix peat moss with the soil to produce an acidic environment.

Peat moss is acidic so it makes sense that if you add some to your soil, the resulting soil will also be more acidic. But is this really true? How long does the acidity last? Can gardeners with alkaline soil use peat moss to grow rhododendrons, azaleas and blueberries?

Does peat moss change soil pH?

Does peat moss change soil pH?

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Unnatural Fear of Roundup – Understanding Small Numbers

If you spend time understanding the science behind Roundup and glyphosate, it’s active ingredient, you soon realize that this is a safe chemical compared to many other chemicals, even ones liberally used in the home. Why is it then that so many people fear Roundup?

Probably the biggest reason is great promotion by the anti-Roundup and anti-Monsanto crowd. That is one powerful force, that brings one misleading article after another to the attention of a lot of people.

I think that another reason for this fear is our inability to understand very small and very large numbers. A recent research study found glyphosate in natural water systems and I have seen it posted by several people as proof of a real problem that needs to be feared. If these people simply understood small numbers, they would not fear the report or Roundup.

Unnatural fear of Roundup in drinking water - Understanding small numbers

Unnatural fear of Roundup in drinking water – Understanding small numbers

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Soil Factory Using Bokashi Ferment

I am seeing the term soil factory used more often, usually in discussions about Bokashi or Vermicomposting. I’ll restrict this blog to discussions about Bokashi, but most of the comments also apply to Vermicomposting.

It is claimed that Bokashi ferment, the material remaining after the fermentation process, can be used to make soil, which can then be used for house plants or in the garden. This would be quite a feat if true. It takes nature millions of years to make soil and now Bokashi enthusiasts can do it in a couple of weeks.

Bokashi Soil Factory, by

Bokashi Soil Factory, by

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Podcast With Abundant Edge – Building Natural Ponds

Oliver M. Goshey, from Abundant Edge, interviewed me recently about the Why and How of Building Your Own Pond. We discussed how natural ponds fit into the move towards permaculture and natural living. The idea of natural gardens and attracting wildlife to the garden is becoming very popular for good reasons and a natural pond is a perfect addition to such gardens.

In the interview we discussed many topics including:

  • Attracting wildlife
  • Designing for a natural look
  • Keeping algae down without pumps
  • How natural ponds keep the water clean
  • Importance of plant shelves
  • Maintaining fish and managing fish waste
  • Why chemicals and water testing is not required
  • How to make it waterproof – liner vs clay lined
  • Maintaining koi
  • Selecting the right size of pump for a waterfall
  • Planning the construction process


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