Here are 5 common gardening myths busted

Raised garden beds after recent rains.

Don’t believe everything you hear. That piece of advice can be applied to gardening as well. We’ve all done something because that’s just the way you’ve always done it or maybe a friend or family member said it works. While those techniques may not be completely wrong, they often don’t have the scientific evidence to back them up. Below are a few gardening myths you’ve probably heard.

Myth 1: Adding rocks or gravel (or other objects) in the bottom of a container helps improve drainage

A well-watered container of potting mix always has a saturated layer at the bottom. When you put a layer of gravel at the bottom of the pot, the saturated layer simply moves up. The layer of gravel actually reduces the usable depth and brings the saturated soil layer closer to the plant’s roots.

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