Landscaping and gardening myths
A lot of good gardening advice has been passed down through the generations, but some erroneous recommendations have trickled down as well. Here are 10 landscaping and garden myths that can be laid to rest.
Nothing grows near a black walnut tree
While the roots of black walnut (Juglans nigra) do release an allelopathic chemical known as juglone that inhibits the growth of some plants, there are many plants that will grow beneath and near black walnut trees. Examples for landscaping around these trees include tulips, daffodils, Japanese maple, lilac and flowers such as foxglove, purple coneflower, begonia and impatiens.
Compost piles smell bad
If your compost pile has anything but a pleasant earthy smell, it is not being properly worked. Anaerobic composting means there is a lack of oxygen in the pile. It will still break down – slowly – but will have a swampy smell. Turn the pile regularly to introduce oxygen to help mitigate any odour. Add leaves and a few shovels full of soil to keep materials from turning slimy.