In my opinion, learning interesting tidbits about gardening is as much fun as gardening itself. I thought you might like the 5 amazing gardening facts I’ve listed below. Share them with friends or intrigue your neighbor one day as you chat with one another across the fence. A couple of these were passed on by my father, who is an avid gardener.
5. Most Gardeners Are Women
More than 54 percent of gardeners are women and about 68 percent of this group is over the age of 45. Another interesting percentage fact about gardeners in general is that more than 64 percent of gardeners are married.
4. Pumpkin Flowers Are Edible
I wonder how many people actually eat the flowers of these squash as well as the pumpkin itself. In the colonial times, the main part of the pumpkin was actually used in the crust portion of pies, not as part of the filling. They are also 90 percent water and were once believed to cure snake bits and help to get rid of freckles.
3. The World’s Largest Tomato Weighed as Much as a Human Baby
Weighing in at a whopping 7 pounds 12 ounces, the tomato grown in 1986 by an Oklahoma farmer was twice the width as most hamburger buns. I’ve seen some pretty impressive tomatoes in my time, but that is truly an amazing size!
2. The Daisy Family Consists of More than Strictly Flowers
For some weird trivia; lettuce and artichokes are part of the daisy family as well. I thought this was a very interesting tidbit that most people probably don’t know. It’s a great question that kids would enjoy telling friends as well.
1. Twigs Prevent Cutworms from Harming Tomato Plants
If you find that cutworms are severing all of your tomato plants, then put a twig in the ground alongside the stem of the tomato plant. Cutworms wrap their bodies around the tomato plant’s stem and destroy the entire plant. Placing a twig next to the stem makes it almost twice as wide as usual. The cutworm is then unable to wrap its whole body around the stem and your plants are safe.
I like sharing fun information that I hear about, especially when it involves gardening. Do you find yourself picking up little facts here and there and storing them in the back of your brain? What is something unique that you have heard about gardening?
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