Debunking Spring Gardening Myths

There is plenty of gardening advice out there to help out even the most novice of gardeners however not all of it is actually that helpful. In the world of gardening, you’ll find plenty of gardening ‘myths’ which aren’t actually useful at all. It is not easy to spot these myths, even for more experienced gardeners, which is where we come in! We all know spring is prime gardening time, however that means this particular time of year brings with it a whole array of gardening myths which need to be debunked.

Everything Has to be Planted in Spring

It is a pretty common assumption that the prime time for planting is spring. Spring is representative of new life, and this includes plants, however, this is not always the case. All plants are different, and it depends entirely on the specific plant as to when it needs to be planted. Make sure to check individual seed packets in order to know when the best time for planting is; some may prefer spring, but others could need planting in summer of autumn.

You Need to Change Potting Soil Yearly

It is a common concern for many gardeners that there aren’t enough nutrients in the soil to last more than a year, and therefore the soil should be changed yearly however this is not true. Most types of soil can actually stay rich in nutrients for up to two years. If you have any concerns, you can always add some compost to the pots to ensure they have enough nutrients.

Sugared Soil Makes for Sweeter Tomatoes

This is one tip that has no scientific research to back it up, it is one of those myths which has been passed down over time but has no merit. Unfortunately, the amount of sugar in soil will not influence the taste of your tomatoes. The taste, and sweetness, is instead determined by the plant’s genetics and the amount of sunlight cast onto it.

Holes on Leaves are a Sign of Bad Health

A garden full of half-eaten plants isn’t ideal but there is no need to worry about plants with holes; they aren’t unhealthy. In fact, they are so healthy and delicious that the local wildlife is drawn to them. A healthy garden means that wildlife is more likely to flock to your garden as a means of sustaining their life. It can be infuriating finding your plants constantly nibbled at, but there are steps you can take to ensure your plants are protected; and you needn’t be concerned.

Fertilizer Can Save Dying Plants

For many people, fertilizer seems like the perfect solution for a plant which is looking a little worse for wear. However, dying plants aren’t always lacking in nutrients; the reason for their wilting could be down to a number of different things and spraying them with extra fertilizer could actually cause them even more harm; it is best to do some research first to figure out what the issue could be.


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