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Garden Folklore and Superstitions

Do you follow any superstitions or traditions when you garden?

Gardening is a superstitious practice. Although so rewarding come harvest time, there are often frustrations along the way and a lot of us gardeners are willing to try anything that might bring us success.


Gardening is a superstitious practice. Although so rewarding come harvest time, there are often frustrations along the way and a lot of us gardeners are willing to try anything that might bring us success. While you might not wear the same outfit for good luck every time you sow seeds, odds are that you follow some gardening superstitions that may not have any basis in fact.

Many of these old wives' tales, tips and tricks have been around for centuries--if it works, don't fix it, right?

Many gardening traditions and superstitions revolve around phases of the moon. The Old Farmer's Almanac suggests that above-ground crops be planted during the light of the moon (from the new moon to the full moon), and below-ground crops be planted during the dark of the moon (from the day after the full moon to the day before the new moon). Why? Well, it could have something to do with lunar light or the moon's gravity, but no one knows for sure.

Have you heard that garden gnomes bring good luck to a garden? Or that planting marigolds around a vegetable garden deters pests? I read somewhere that dogs dislike pine cones and sprinkling pine cones throughout the garden will keep dogs from walking through. That trick worked for me for about an hour, at which point she brought a me a cone to play fetch!

What gardening superstitions or tricks do you subscribe to? Do they work? Please share your thoughts below!
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