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Many of us who are just barely past the age of 40 might recall Paul Harvey and his radio broadcasts, “And now from the ‘For-what-it’s-worth’ department. Stand byyy for Newwws!”The news is that some of the things we gardeners may be doing are wrong. Even unnecessary. Rocks in the bottom of your pot for drainage? Skip it.Cover tree wounds with pruning paint? Paint the fence instead.
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Save the chewing gum for yourself, not the gophers. Source: University of Missouri.Customary methods are being challenged, and greater emphasis is on science-based research.Supposedly, there’s no scientific evidence that playing music benefits plants. Ha! I have plenty of scientific proof. My little annuals dance like nobody’s watching to Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac. My aristocratic roses love Chopin’s greatest hits. But no disco for any of my plant people.For generations, our ancestors have been passing down helpful gardening advice, but also some folklore, misconceptions and myths.Misleading information is perpetuated through TV, periodicals, nurseries, social media, the internet or from friends and relatives.For example, according to the British Medical Journal and Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), there’s no evidence that breakfast, despite drinking all that orange juice, is the most important meal of the day. Balderdash. They’re all most important. Even snacks. And, for what it’s worth — they found “no evidence that eating breakfast promotes weight loss or that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain.”Overfertilization is a mistake many gardeners make. Soil, enriched with compost and other organic matter usually, has the essential nutrients plants need. Plants prefer an occasional feeding, but frequent fertilization increases salt buildup, which can burn the plants. Look for specific nutrient deficiencies and fertilize accordingly, rather than a routine feeding. Source: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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Termites found in wood chip mulch do not mean that mulch attracts termites or that the mulch causes termites. However, it could mean you’re increasing your risk.According to Iowa State University, Department of Entomology, “The presence of moisture favors termite exploration, tunneling and feeding. Therefore, any landscape mulch may improve conditions for termite colonies, whether the termites consume the mulch or not.”This does not mean you should avoid using mulch; it provides a good, moist environment for plants.Research at the Structural IPM Program at the University of Maryland found that cypress, eucalyptus and California redwood deter termites.Many of us meticulous gardeners like to clean up our vegetable gardens after a harvest. However, there’s really no need to pull up the old crops, and discard or compost them. Leave the roots, even the top growth, to decompose in the soil. They keep the soil enriched with nutrients and will save you work. That glass of wine is calling you.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, old gas in your lawn mower, leaf blowers and other gas-powered garden machines is not necessarily bad. “Though it loses combustibility over time due to exposure to oxygen and evaporation, gasoline lasts three to six months when stored in a tightly-sealed plastic container.”You can mix gas with fuel additives prior to storing to extend its shelf life. Old gasoline could be reused if combined with fresh gasoline, although the fuel mixture will have lower combustibility, resulting in engine sputtering, non-starting or even fuel system damage.Seeds are not the spiciest part of chili peppers. They contain a low amount of capsaicin, the component which induces the hot sensation. The highest concentration of capsaicin is the pith to which the seeds are attached. Source: New Mexico State University, College of Agriculture.Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate, two important chemicals. However, it’s not a complete fertilizer since it lacks nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. According to Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University, most home gardens are not deficient in magnesium. Unless a soil test tells you otherwise, save the salts for your bath. My feet are silky smooth.Organic pesticides are not necessarily safer than synthetic ones. There are natural toxins in organic products that are potentially harmful.“If misused, natural poisons, such as pyrethrin (from chrysanthemums), are hazardous to people, pets and bees. Safer choices include products that contain Bacillus thuringiensis and insecticidal soap.” Source: National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University.Rubber mulch, made from recycled tires, is suitable for use around swing sets and other children play areas. However, it should not be used around plants because it doesn’t add organic nutrients to the soil. UV and heat will break down the rubber over time, and will add petrochemicals into the environment. Source: Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott.Of course, even science-based results can be questioned. But no one questions Mother Nature.And now you know the rest of the story.Good day!Schmidt is a Poway resident with over 40 years of gardening experience.
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