19 May Gardening myths debunked
That Gardner who is working across the street is doing wonders, and you want to ask him for some advice. You listen to his tips, and then you try executing them but soon you begin to realise that these methods are dated and old. If you ask that same gardener about where he learnt his trade from, we are betting that he says that his mum or grandma passed on the wisdom. These methods that gardeners use are very out-dated and don’t hold up to scientific research whatsoever. Here in this article, we look at some of the most common myths you will come across when it comes to gardening.
- The potassium myth
Banana has a high level of potassium in them, and that is one of the reasons why athletes prefer to eat one after a long day in the field. There is a gardening myth that if you put a banana peel in the soil, the soil will be enriched by potassium and your plants will grow quicker. If anything, the banana decreases the rate at which other plants grow because the micro-organisms that break down compounds in the soil, use up a lot of the nitrogen to break down the banana peel. The drawbacks outweigh the benefit of the banana peel.
- Cactus doesn’t need water
It is true that drought-resistant plant such as cacti tends to require less water, but that doesn’t mean that you can neglect your drought-resistant plants altogether. The reason that they survive in the wilderness is because of their well-developed roots get water from the depths of the ground; so if you have a plant that is just starting to grow, make sure you water it once in three days at the most.
- The pesticide myth
People think that everything that is synthetic is bad for the soil and everyone involved, but in reality, there are chemical components in organic substances that greatly affect the soil and well-being of humans and animals. Just because it says “organic” or “all natural”, doesn’t mean it is safer than synthetic pesticides. When choosing a pesticide, weigh up the pros and cons of each option. In case, the synthetic pesticide actually makes more sense for usage, then go ahead and use it, because being safe trumps being a nature hero who succumbs to pesticide poisoning.
We suggest that you rely on science and not on the word of mouth when it comes to gardening.