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10 Top Gardening Myths of 2016

2016 was a banner year for Garden Myths. We had over 1 million visitors this year, attracted by 34 new posts,  covering a wide range of topics. To celebrate the new year I have selected the 10 most important posts of the year and present them again for your viewing pleasure.

10 top garden myths of 2016

10 top garden myths of 2016

Styrofoam Cones – Do They Keep Roses Warm in Winter?

This research project, by Garden Myths, reports on the effectiveness of Rose Cones for winter protection, showing actual temperatures during winter of 2015.

Humus Does Not Exist – Says New Study

The properties of humus have always been mysterious and now science has decided that humus does not exist in the real world. Find out what humus really is.

Dish Soap Can Damage Your Plants

Dish soap is the darling of home garden remedies and this post reveals why it is bad for plants.

Too Much Compost – Is It Poisoning Your Garden?

Everybody loves compost and many people think you can’t have too much – they are wrong. Find out why too much might be toxic to your plants.

Orchids – Do They Need Water?

A great experiment by Garden Myths leaves a poor orchid without water for two months. Did it die? Even I was surprised at the pictures.

Does Fertilizer Kill Soil Bacteria?

Organic gardeners preach this all the time, but science shows it is not true.

Hydrangea Myths

Hydrangea are very popular and their culture is shrouded in myths. This post looks at all the hydrangea myths I could find.

Comfrey – Is it a Dynamic Accumulator?

Comfrey and dynamic accumulators go hand in hand. When I started to review dynamic accumulators I was not aware of the surprises that were in store for me. The main one is summarized in this post.

10 Wasp Myths That Will Surprise You

They surprised me! I learned a lot researching and writing this post. Enjoy.

Compost Tea – Does it Work?

I have only written about compost tea a few times, but each time I do, it generates a lot of comments. Pro-tea people are passionate about their beliefs. This post reviews one of only a handful of research studies that compare compost to compost tea, in the field.


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Robert Pavlis
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I live in southern Ontario, Canada, zone 5 and have been gardening a long time. Besides writing and speaking about gardening, I own and operate a 6 acre private garden called Aspen Grove Gardens which now has over 3,000 perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. Yes--I am a plantaholic!

I hope you find Garden Myths an educational site that helps you understand your garden better.

13 Responses to '10 Top Gardening Myths of 2016'

  1. satish prabhu says:

    Do you have a solution for voles and moles in your garden?

  2. NAOMI WILBALD says:

    is composting waste cooking oil with saw dusts applicable

  3. Carol Clark says:

    Thanks, Robert, for educating us with answers to questions, many of which we didn’t think to ask! Your websites, Garden Myths and Garden Fundamentals, are among the most frequently referenced by the Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society.

  4. Roger Brook says:

    Your post most valuable to me was the one about orchids. Your tips on orchid watering has enabled my wife Brenda to have a dozen orchids in full flower as we speak All on strong new flowering stems.
    I have been myself thinking about their nutrition and would love to here your comments about feeding. I am sure you don’t use fancy special fertilisers.

    • I am glad Brenda is enjoying the orchids.

      There is no such thing as orchid fertilizer; it is just a marketing gimmick. Most of the fertilizer added to pots will be washed out with the next watering so it does not matter too much what you use. I like to use a water soluble product – whatever is cheap at the time I buy. I use very little – a pinch at most – once a month, if I happen to remember about it. I add it when I water.

      The key to orchids is to fertilize very little compared to other houseplants since they are very sensitive to salts. A rule of thumb is to use 1/4 of what you would use for other plants.

  5. Congratulations! Looking to more interesting reads in 2017!!!

  6. Andy Konecny says:

    The links are broken for most of us, they are the links you use to edit them which we don’t have the ID/password for (Don’t give it to us)
    What might make it easier to get them while updating, is to have an different browser open (such as Chrome if your prime is FireFox) that you are not logged into your blog to get the links as the rest of us need to see them.
    not sure if previous comments got through and are awaiting moderation or if my noscript defenses got in the way, so if waiting moderation, just flush the extras, and put a note that moderation is happening as I haven’t seen any indications of that yet.

    Please try again as I do want to review a couple of them.
    Thank you for putting these together

    Andy in Toronto

  7. I’m finding it difficult to access the articles I’m interested; when I hit a link for more information, it takes me to a wordpress sign in. The sign in allows me to then go back to “garden myths” but not necessarily the one I was interested in.