Podcast With Joe Gardener – Microbe Science for Gardeners

I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Joe Gardener Show Podcast where we discussed my new book, Microbe Science for Gardeners. 

Join Joe and myself as we discuss interesting things about microbes and their interaction with plants. 

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Biodynamic Peppering Controls Insects, Animals and Weeds

I had never researched Biodynamic gardening/farming very much but I did know about the magic produced by aging manure in cow horns. I was introduced to “peppering” in a recent post in our Facebook Group, Garden Fundamentals, and had to have a closer look. If this thing works, it would be a cure for just about every pest problem in the garden.

Biodynamic Peppering Controls Insects, Animals and Weeds
Biodynamic Peppering Controls Insects, Animals and Weeds

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The Myth of Clay Pot Heaters – Do They Work?

Homeowners and DIYers call them clay pot heaters while commercial outlets make them sound fancy using terms like Tea Light Oven, Ceramic Radiators or Terracotta Candle Heaters. Fancy ones on Etsy will run you $300 US? DIY options can be made for $15.

This idea may have started on TickToc a number of years ago and it is still being promoted to heat rooms, trailer homes and greenhouses. If you need to heat a space at a low cost, clay pot heaters might fit the bill – but do they work?

The Myth of Candle Clay Pot Heaters - Do They Work?
The Myth of Candle Clay Pot Heaters – Do They Work?

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15 Million Visits to Garden Myths – Time to Celebrate

Last week we reached the 15 million visitor mark on this blog and I want to thank all of you for supporting this site.

The very first post was called, What Does Organic Mean, and it was posted on September 6, 2012. I was getting fed up with all the myths I was seeing in gardening literature and online and thought that I might be able to change a few minds. At the time, I figured I had enough material for about 100 myths. I have now posted 382 articles (not including the Garden Fundamentals blog) and have another 157 drafts started. I won’t run out of material any time soon!

I’d like to thank you for reading my posts and I want to ask for your help. Go to your favorite social media outlet and post a link to this post. Let others know how much you like this site. Let’s get to 20 million soon.

To celebrate I thought I would go back in time and review some of the most important articles.

15 Million Visits to Garden Myths - Time to Celebrate
15 Million Visits to Garden Myths – Time to Celebrate

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How To Name Plants Correctly – Botanical Names vs Common Names

Knowledge of plant names is the foundation of gardening and they help gardeners select plants and determine how to grow them. Many gardeners obtain or share knowledge by communicating with other plant enthusiasts from around the world. A good grasp of plant names and how to use them, will save you significant time, effort, and money.

The proper use of plant names becomes more complicated when we consider varieties, cultivars, hybrids, and regional differences between common names.

A rose by any other name might not smell as sweet…because it’s an entirely different plant!

Use the correct plant names, source:
Use the correct plant names, source: David J. Stang, Liné1

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Overwintering Pond Plants – Part 2

In this post I’ll look at some specific plants and discuss ways to overwinter them. Some plants can be brought indoors and grown in a green state just like your other house plants. Others can be easily stored in a semi-dry dormant state.

In my post, Overwintering Pond Plants – Part 1, I reviewed general ways to overwinter both hardy and non-hardy plants.

lilies with pink flowers
Overwintering Pond Plants – part 2

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Special on Hundreds of Gardening eBooks

My publisher, New Society Publishers, is having an Earth Day Special on ALL gardening eBooks, including my two books. Sale is on until May 21. eBooks are available in both pdf and epub versions. Use one of these two links to qualify for the special. Once at the site, you can select any of their … Read More

Top 10 Gardening Myths of 2019

To celebrate the new year, lets look back at the top gardening myths of 2019. These myths were selected based on a number of criteria.

  • Importance to the gardener
  • Popularity based on the number of comments
  • Personal preferences

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22 Myths About Christmas Trees

Hoe, hoe, hoe ….. its Christmas time and a good time to expose myths about Christmas trees. How do you keep Christmas trees hydrated? Should you add diapers to the tree stand? Are artificial trees more eco-friendly? Do they still contain lead? Can you reuse trees grown in pots? How do you cut the bottom of the tree? These and many more questions will be answered in this holiday gift to you.

22 Christmas Tree Myths
22 Christmas Tree Myths

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Guelph Organic Conference Review

The Guelph Organic Conference is an annual event that attracts organic minded people from across Canada and northern parts of the US. Much of the focus is on farming, producing organic food and smaller backyard operations. This year, I was an invited speaker and talked about Growing Food in Ponds. The publisher of my book, Building Natural Ponds, New Society Publishing, is a sponsor of the event and we wanted to find a topic that would interest organic gardeners and help promote my book. It was an extremely popular topic.

The conference also holds a large Trade Show which gave me the opportunity to speak to a number of vendors. I thought it would be fun and educational to review some of my discussions and observations.

If you are one of my regular readers you will know that I am organically minded, believe in the basic organic philosophies, but I don’t blindly follow all of the dogma that is preached. Unfortunately there are many snake-oil salespeople in the organic movement.

Organic conference, Guelph Ontario 2018
Organic conference, Guelph, Ontario 2018

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10 Top Gardening Myths of 2017

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.

Please join Garden Fundamentals Facebook Group now!

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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The “Science Does Not Know Everything” Conundrum

What happens when science says one thing and you believe something different? Our brains are designed to fight such situations and we try to apply logic to justify our beliefs – we basically make stuff up so that we can continue to accept our beliefs.

One of the most common reasons to dismiss science, is to point out the fact that “science does not know everything”. If it does not know everything, then it might be wrong in all cases.

That seems logical, but it’s not.

If science proves facts that conflict with Buddhist understanding, Buddhism must change accordingly. We should always adopt a view that accords with the facts. - Dalai LamaLink to the source of this image

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