10 Surprising Facts about Gardening


Gardening is almost as old as humans. It’s the thing that helped us survive through different eras, and it’s the thing that helped nations and empires grow. Below you will find surprising facts about gardening that you probably didn’t know about: facts like these not only put the wonder back in nature’s  many marvels but you might be surprised at coming out with some tips on improving the look of your front lawn and garden.

You may not have known this but foxgloves got their name from an old belief that they (foxes) used the leaves of the plant to muffle the sound made by their paws while stalking. This little fact goes a long way into boosting the adorability of these magnificent animals that have long been considered vandals by many gardeners and cultivators.

By altering the PH level of the soil you can change the colour of hydrangeas. Higher acid levels in the soil will make them go blue in the face while basic soil makes them blush. Acidity can be raised organically by adding banana peels or coffee shavings whilst alkaline levels can be boosted by putting in a little lime in the dirt.

The broadfork can allow you to perform up to three different tool tasks using the same tool. This was designed to be a digging tool, but special modifications on the head make it quite efficient as a gardening rake as well as a shovel.

How welcoming are you of squirrels? Generally thought of as being unwanted guests in your front yard, squirrels can impact the way you view your garden and might make for a great study of animal life and behaviour. One way of attracting these cute fellas into your space is by building them a squirrel house. They can then be easily enticed into the open box by pecans and nut edibles they come to collect. This is made much simpler through the use of a nut picker upper.

Studies have shown that plants respond to music positively. Singing is not just at a good way of letting the world know your mood but it can also affect the way your garden grows. Plants that grew to the tunes of great classical music were found to mature faster than plants that had been reared in a much quieter environment. Scientists have somehow been able to establish a connection with plant development and growth and sound stimulation from the immediate environment.

Here’s a fact that you probably might know: the sunflower and others in the family are not just a single flower but a cluster of tiny flowers called florets. These individual flowers are bound together at a single base and they make up the yet to be seeds of the sunflowers.

The biggest collection of poison plants can be seen in England where over 90 different species of poisonous plants can be seen, so dangerous that touching, smelling or ingesting the flowers could prove fatal. Christened the ‘poison garden’ the teams of visitors that flock to enjoy the scenic beauty of these flowers and plants prove that gardening can become a fatal attraction.

Apparently, in ancient times, gardens were the medicine cabinets for our forefathers with herbs and medicinal flowers having been the first to be grown for making home remedies. This was the Fertile Crescent, later, in Egypt, ornamental flower gardens began to blossom.

Cucumbers are so good for your body that to keep up with his daily ration of one a day emperor Tiberius of Rome ordered the construction of what would later be the very first greenhouse. This happened in the year 30 A.D.

The popular garden gnomes make an exceptional ornament to many gardens, but did you know that the idea was the one time desire of Sir Charles Isham, an English spiritualist that thought he could get real time gnomes into his garden. Hope he succeeded but for our regular gardeners, the porcelain ones are fine enough.