2017 was a great year for GardenMyths.com 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.
I was looking through the unpublished posts and found several in draft form that are ready for 2018.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.
On a global basis Bokashi is a popular technique and usually referred to as a method of composting, but it is not composting. A comparison of the two methods provides some interesting insight into traditional composting.
The idea that salts kill plants and microbes in the soil is a common belief of the organic movement. A better understanding of salts and their interactions with other life forms will help you understand why this myth can’t be true, provided salt levels are kept reasonable.
The general public does not understand the scientific method and consequently has unreasonable expectations from scientists. It is important that these lines of communication improve. I hope this post helps in some small way.
We love our bees and for very good reason but there are many myths around bees that are leading people to make poor choices. Almost everyone I talk to thinks that we are losing our honey bees – we are not.
This may not be one of the most important myths of 2017 but it is one I did believe until I did some research on the topic. I bet most you believed it too.
I wrote several posts this year about peat moss and this one is a good summary of the facts. There are lots of peat moss myths.
In our quest to be more eco-friendly we reach incorrect conclusions easily. It is really important that we use facts to make decisions and not our gut feelings, which are frequently wrong.
Something like planting garlic seems like such a simple thing that humans have been doing for centuries. Why is it then that we still don’t know when to plant it? These little experiments are popular among my readers and provide information that is difficult to find on line.
Of all the topics I have dealt with, compost tea is one of the most controversial. Although this post discusses the nutrient value of compost tea, the post is more about providing insights into how myths get started. I find this latter topic fascinating and it is not always easy to understand the how and why of a myth.
I am sure that I have read about this peat moss myth a thousand times and yet it is simply not true, at least for alkaline soil, as shown by this simple experiment.