Green thumbs — take note of com­mon gar­den­ing myths

Pilbara News - - Property - Sab­rina Hahn

There are quite a few myths that have been around for ages about the dos and don’ts of gar­den­ing.

It’s hard to say where they come from but very few are sci­en­tif­i­cally-based.

Here are three com­mon myths that are fic­tion.

Myth 1: Na­tive plants don’t need wa­ter­ing, soil im­prove­ment, fer­til­is­ing or prun­ing.

Yes they do. Plants you buy from a nurs­ery have been grown in a pot­ting medium that has slow-re­lease fer­tiliser and is wa­tered at least once a day, twice a day in sum­mer. If you take that plant and just dig a hole and put it straight in with no wa­ter­ing or fer­tiliser to en­cour­age good root de­vel­op­ment, it will strug­gle and per­haps die in the first year.

All na­tive plants ben­e­fit from prun­ing, it’s best to start when they are young.

Prun­ing keeps the bush healthy and com­pact, en­cour­ages bet­ter flow­er­ing and new growth and dis­cour­ages fun­gal dis­ease.

Myth 2: Ma­nure makes good mulch.

Wrong — ma­nure is just a soil ad­di­tive.

De­pend­ing on what the an­i­mals have eaten it will feed worms and soil mi­crobes. It may also con­tain 100 weed seeds and traces of her­bi­cide and pes­ti­cides.

Myth 3: Never wa­ter plants in the heat of the day be­cause they will die.

Where this came from, I’m not sure. How­ever, all mar­ket gar­den­ers would be out of busi­ness if this were true. The best time to wa­ter your gar­den is early morn­ing, but if you have a plant that is so stressed it has reached crit­i­cal wilt­ing, if you don’t wa­ter it dur­ing the day it may be dead by night­fall.

Pic­ture: WA News

Ma­nure is just a soil ad­di­tive and should not be used as a mulch.

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