Manufacturers of compost tumblers claim that you can make compost in two weeks. This sounds like a great idea. Instead of waiting months, you can have instant compost. A compost tumbler is some type of container that can be easily turned. It is usually made from a plastic barrel that is raised up on legsContinue Reading Myth #46: Compost tumblers make compost in two weeks
Tree descriptions refer to two classes of trees: some with shallow roots and others with deep taproots. Those with taproots have most of their roots deeper in the ground, where they get most of their water and nutrients. These deep-rooted trees are claimed to be better for gardens because digging in the garden will notContinue Reading Myth #76: Some trees have deep taproots
Why use a balanced fertilser when plants do not use all nutrients equally?
There are some benefits for using raised beds to grow vegetables, but they also offer some disadvantages. Many of the advertised benefits also apply to traditional beds, and some are just not true. The term raised bed is a bit confusing. If you add a few inches of soil to a garden bed that isContinue Reading Title: Myth #55: Raised beds are better for growing vegetables
The standard recommendation is to use new soil when repotting houseplants or planting containers in spring. This seems to make a lot of sense. Containerised plants grow in very little soil, and giving them fresh stuff should be good for them; besides, the nutrients in the old soil have been used up, and it mayContinue Reading Title: Myth #92: Potting soil should not be reused
When the public talks about orchids, they are usually talking about the Phalaenopsis moth orchid. It is very popular and available from many retail outlets at reasonable prices. They make an exceptional houseplant that can flower for most of the year. Orchids have a reputation of being difficult to grow because many people kill theirContinue Reading Title: Myth #88: Orchids are difficult to grow