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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

 

If the above video does not run try this link: https://youtu.be/LdbnZybXirs

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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.

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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 Fundamentalshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/GardenFundamentals/

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 GardenFundamentals.com

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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