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Rhubarb Myths

Rhubarb is a great vegetable that is one of the easiest things to grow. I deadhead the flower stem, mulch with wood chips and that is the only care the plant has gotten in 10 years. It produces every year. But gardeners need to make things more complicated and numerous rhubarb myths have developed.

Forced rhubarb is especially sweet - is this a rhubarb myth?

Forced rhubarb is especially sweet – is this a rhubarb myth?

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Will Oxalic Acid in Rhubarb Leaves Harm You?

Rhubarb is a favorite vegetable of gardeners in temperate climates since it is so easy to grow. We eat the stems, and know that you should never eat the leaves since they are poisonous due to high levels of oxalic acid.

I’ve known this fact since I was a kid so you can imagine my surprise when I learned a few weeks ago that this is all a big myth. Lets dig into the truth.

Will the Oxalic Acid in Rhubarb Leaves Harm You?

Will the Oxalic Acid in Rhubarb Leaves Harm You?

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Should cucumbers, squash, muskmelons and watermelons be grown near each other?

The reason cucumbers, squash, muskmelons and watermelons should not be grown near each other is that they are all cucurbits and may cross-pollinate to produce weird franken-gourds. This myth does have some truth in it, but it is not good gardening advice.

Cucumbers, squash, muskmelons and watermelons should not be grown near each other

Cucumbers, squash, muskmelons and watermelons should not be grown near each other

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Organic Seeds – Why Buy Them?

Lots of people are looking to buy organic seeds but as a chemist this has never made any sense to me. I started asking people on social media for their reasons for selecting organic seeds over conventional seeds or heirlooms seeds. The answers clearly indicate that people don’t understand why they want organic seeds, but one valid reason did emerge.

In this post I will look at the reasons people give for buying organic seed and discuss the validity of the reasons.

Burbee organic seeds

Burbee organic seeds

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Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot (BER) is a disfiguration found in fruiting vegetables, like tomatoes. It also affects peppers, watermelons, egg plants and apples. This problem is usually blamed on a shortage of calcium, but this turns out to be a myth.

blossom end rot in tomatoes

Blossom end rot in tomatoes

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