05/12/2012 in gardening
Conventional wisdom is a funny thing.
I’ve heard people insist that you shouldn’t water at night, that plants don’t like wet feet.
I’m not sure about that… If the plants are that wet, we probably shouldn’t be watering, period.
by waiting until the plants actually need supplemental water, watering in the evening should help the moisture ‘work harder’ without being evaporated immediately by the hot summer sun…
I’ve heard people insist that watering in the middle of the day will injure the plants as those water droplets act like magnifying lenses, and scorch the leaves…
I haven’t personally seen any evidence of scorched leaves…
Common knowledge has it that piling mulch up against the trunks of our trees will harm them.
Still, Who hasn’t driven past a yard that has been freshly mulched, and all the trees have these volcanoes?
Does it really harm the trees?
I can’t remember driving past a yard noticing dead and dying trees and saying… the mulch killed them…
The opposite seems to be a possibility.
I’ve piled my freshly pulled weeds against the trunks of the trees in the garden.
The mulberry trees with this treatment grow enormous berries!
The mulberry trees without the weed piles grow tiny fruit.
I’ve piled wheelbarrow loads of compost against my brugmansias. They grow huge!
I’ve spread the same amount of compost around the brug, over the entire bed, and the brugs simply do not do as well.
So… Do I advocate the mulch volcano?
I suspect that more study may be required.