Garden myths

Garden myths: Bloggers reveal what actually works - and what doesn't.


#1: Seed well

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"Sowing in March. How many times have you read this already! Only: Last year March was too dry, the year before it was too wet. Anything sown in March will often only show up in May. However, what you sow in April will overtake anything sown in March in leaps and bounds. Mountain villages still have snow in March, while summer temperatures dominate the inner cities of the valley areas. Is there a more persistent myth than "sowing in March"? If anything, it's "sowing in September". Anything sown in September will usually be too big or too small when it enters winter and may suffer flash freezing, be flooded by the rain or blown dry by a foehn storm. March is just like September - the calendar is still the biggest garden myth."

#2: The Ice Saints

"One garden myth that has been confirmed and saves us from doing work in the spring every year is the myth of the Ice Saints. In April, when the first few warm days get a balcony gardener's pulse racing, we're often seduced into moving our vegetable seedlings to the balcony far too early. The first year of our vegetable balcony taught us some painful lessons: Nights will continue to bring frost up until the Ice Saints, and the young vegetable plants on our balcony will freeze. We've since learned to wait until after the Ice Saints have finished, around the 12th of May. This has saved our young plants from catching a chill on one or more nights."

Sebastian & Sina,

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#3: Flowers, cabbage and rock 'n roll

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"Garden myths: There are many classics, but one of my favourites is the myth about watering. Throngs of people standing there with their garden hose in their hand, watering. Every day, just a little bit. Absolutely pointless. In my opinion, it's much better to soak your lawn properly once a week. 15 to 20 litres per square metre. That way, the water penetrates deeper into the soil, so the plants get used to digging their roots deeper into the ground to retrieve the water from the lower part of the earth. In the allotments where my garden is situated, they thought that my water metre had broken because I was hardly using any water. After checking the metre, there were shocked faces all round."



#4: Old coffee

"I stumbled across one of these myths just recently. In the absence of compost and commercial fertilizer, I was commissioned to provide the countless roses in a company's garden with coffee grounds. I had plenty of material to work with because the people there enjoyed good coffee, and I took delight in doing something to help the rose ladies, who were getting a bit long in the tooth. One week later, I was on site again and saw the ants for the first time. Thousands of them - like something out of the apocalypse. Busy crawling up and down each rose leg. Full of remorse, I googled whether the coffee - and therefore I - was the culprit. The answer I found? Do you want to get rid of ants ? Use coffee grounds!"



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#5: Long-held beliefs

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"We've always done it this way. Garden myths follow us wherever we go - but if you know where they came from, you can expose and unravel them. One popular myth and long-held belief is that you shouldn't water at noon in the blazing sun. The reason this is frowned upon is because it can expose plants to burns. You can literally feel the effect of the sun on your own skin. Nevertheless, an experiment from 2009 disproves this theory and reveals that water drops evaporate and dissolve even before they can cause damage to plants. Otherwise, our gardens would be in serious danger after every summer shower followed by sunshine."


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