I Bet You Didn’t Know THESE Garden Wows!

I Bet You Didn’t Know THESE Garden Wows!

The garden is a glorious place full of mystery and knowledge. There is so much to learn. I am always learning new garden wows that blow my mind!

Here are some things I have learned about the garden that made me say, WOW! 

Did you know if you harvest the cabbage from the middle of the plant instead of cutting the whole stem or pulling it, you may get more cabbages? Four or five more plants will come from the center where you cut it. More food for less time and money.

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I Bet You Didn’t Know THESE Garden Wows!

Did you know if you cut the bottom leaves off the brussel sprouts and leave only the top five, your plant will grow taller and put on bigger sprouts because they will have more room to grow?

luffa gourds

Did you know luffas are a gourd that grows on a vine and NOT something from the ocean? Click here to see more about how to grow them.

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More Garden Wows…

Did you know leaving your bolted plants to flower provides early food for bees and other pollinators?

Did you know there are more microorganisms in one teaspoon of soil than all the people on earth? Did you know that chlorine in the water supply kills them and so does tilling and pesticide use?

Did you know dirt is not dirt?

Did you know you are actually growing soil for garden success?

Did you know green beans, if left to mature will turn into drying beans? All beans can be eaten as green beans when immature, the seeds are eaten when mature, and if left to dry, can be stored for long periods of time as dry beans?

Did you know leaving your spent plants standing in the garden during winter prevents erosion and gives places for insects to hibernate such as solitary bees that are wonderful pollinators for the garden and a very important part of our eco system?

Did you know a gorgeous moth transforms from a tomato hornworm? Click here to see its beauty.

More Garden Wows…

Did you know walking onions are perennials? Did you know there are many great perennials for the garden to save you time and money when growing food. Asparagus, lovage, good king henry, and artichokes are a few of them.

Did you know you can soak your seeds in tea and it softens the casings? Did you know chamomile is anti-fungal and soaking your seeds in chamomile tea will prevent dampening off?

Did you know swallowtails love fennel, dill, parsley, and carrot tops? Click here to see how to plant a garden that attracts them.

I Bet You Didn’t Know THESE Garden Wows!

Did you know if you grow veggies, you are less likely to waste them?

Did you know if you grow basil next to your tomatoes, it makes the tomatoes have better flavor?

Did you know the greens from cole or cruciferous crops are edible too? Broccoli, cauliflower, and kohlrabi leaves are delicious sauted, in soups, or even raw.

Did you know the seeds of birdhouse gourds and calypso beans are gorgeous and so interesting? Click on the pictures to see more. 

Did you know garlic scapes (the flower heads) taste amazing?

Even more Garden Wows!

Did you know ladybugs and their larvae were voracious eaters of garden pests? So are lacewings, spiders, birds, snakes, and many other insects and animals. Praying mantises and several other garden bugs eat beneficial insects AND pests in the garden. 

Did you know tomato cages, the three legged kind they sell for tomatoes are useless? You need something taller and much, much more sturdy. 

Did you know the flowers of bolted cole crops like broccoli and brussel sprouts and edible and totally sweet and delicious?

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Did you know if you snip the flowers off your strawberries, they will grow more strawberry plants instead of berries?

Did you know monarch populations are dropping at an alarming rate, they only eat milkweed as caterpillars, and they need your help? Click here to learn how to be a butterfly hero.

monarch caterpillar, wildlife habitat in preschool garden

Did you know kids are 80% more likely to eat something they have grown and even more likely if they help prepare it in the kitchen?

What kind of garden WOWS have you learned?

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  1. Agatha LLee says:

    Definitely did not know about keeping the plants in for winter to avoid erosion, but that makes sense! Learnt about soil erosion in geography but didn’t think that it would apply to a garden.

    • It’s interesting, isn’t it? We lose so much top soil every year from wind and rains, nature covers the ground to protect itself, but in a conventional garden, we strip all the protection away with weeding and tilling, etc. You can also mulch to help with it as well. I wouldn’t have believed it until I started gardening and saw half of my raised bed soil gone after the first winter. So crazy! Thank you for checking it out!

  2. Kelli says:

    You’re blowing my mind with the Brussels sprouts tip! I am going to try that today when I am out weeding 🙂

  3. Kayla says:

    Great information! I love learning new things about gardening!

  4. What do you use instead of a tomato cage? Do they not need support at all?
    Great info in this post, thank you!

    The Pink Paperdoll

  5. Thank you for all the awesome information! There are several things here I didn’t know like greens off of strawberries producing more strawberry plants and that certain onions are perennials.

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