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The following articles were authored by Robert Pavlis

Vermicompost – Is It Really That Great?

Vermicomposting is a popular way of getting rid of kitchen scraps and proponents of this form of composting make all kinds of claims. Does vermicomposting really work? Does it produce a superior compost when compared to traditional bin composting or Bokashi? What do the worms actually produce and how does it compare to traditional compost?

This post will have a close look at vermicomposting and compare it to bin composting.

Vermicomposting worm bin - the worms are escaping!

Vermicomposting worm bin – the worms are escaping!

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10 Top Gardening Myths of 2017

2017 was a great year for as we reached almost 3.5 million visitors, since starting the blog. I also managed to publish two books Garden Myths and Building Natural Ponds and sneaked in another video on my YouTube channel before the end of the year.

The new Facebook Group; Garden Fundamentals now has 334 members and is growing quickly. If you have not joined yet, do so now so you don’t miss some any of the great discussions going on there.

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I was looking through the unpublished posts and found several in draft form that are ready for 2018. With a large back log of ideas I expect this blog to continue for years.

Thanks to all of my readers for making this such a success.

It is now time to look back at 2017 and review some of the best posts of the year: the 10 Top Gardening Myths of 2017.

Aspen Grove Gardens, my garden winter 2017

Aspen Grove Gardens, my garden, winter 2017

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Does Planting by the Moon Work?

The idea that the Moon affects plant growth is an old one that is believed by many people. It can be found in the folklore of ancient societies ranging from the Celts in Britain to the Maoris in New Zealand. Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, in his History of Nature, Book 18, gives much advice on planting by the moon phases. Today, it is still a rural tradition and in most countries you can buy moon gardening calendars.

The lunar experts suggest that you pick fruit at the full moon for the market as it will weigh more and pick at the new moon for personal consumption because the fruit stores better. Seeds also germinate faster when planted under the right phase of the moon.

A picture was posted recently in a Facebook Group showing a Planting by the Moon calendar on sale. I made a comment about being surprised people still believe in such things. That was a big mistake. Dozens of people castrated me for not being a believer. How dare I say anything derogatory about what granny believed. Not one person came to my defense. The belief in planting by moon phases is still very common.

Planting by the moon phases

Planting by the moon phases

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Video Podcast with Mike the Gardener – Garden Myths

Mike the Gardener from The Vegetable Gardening Show interviewed me recently to talk about garden myths.

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Techniques to make large gardens, less work
  • Mulching to help reduce your workload in the garden
  • How bad gardening information becomes well known garden myths
  • Garden myths that won’t go away, like exploding slugs
  • Fundamentals of planning out your garden
  • Top 3 mistakes of new gardeners


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Garden Myths – Meets Facebook

First of all, let me thank all of my regular viewers for making this such a popular site. We are approaching 3.5 million views, and that is fantastic.

If you are not a regular viewer, please subscribe by entering your email in the top right hand corner, under “Subscribe to this Blog”. This will provide you with an email notice each time I make a new post.

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

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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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