Are you worried about tomorrow being Friday the 13th? Are you superstitious at all about the day?
There are some superstitions about gardening that you might want to give some consideration to, ‘just in case’, because you never know. Some of them might be rooted in some truth.
For example, everyone knows that a passalong plant won’t grow if you thank the giver for it. Many of us also know from first hand experience that it’s hard to not say “thank you” when you are offered a free plant. After all, gardeners are generally a friendly, gracious and appreciative group of people.
But with practice you can instead say something like, “that will look good with my name-that-flower” or “I have the perfect spot for that plant”. Say anything you want, just don’t say “thank you” when someone gives you a free plant.
Did you know that seeds grow when a pregnant woman plants them? This doesn’t mean that you are pregnant if the seeds you sow grow, or that the seeds won’t grow if you aren’t pregnant. It just means, if you believe it, that getting a pregnant woman to sow the seeds in your garden makes it more likely that the seeds will germinate.
Speaking of seeds, another superstition is that bean seeds grow better when they are oriented east and west instead of north and south. Don’t ask me why this makes them grow better, maybe it has something to do with how the sun rises and sets? Or maybe I just made this up?
Whatever its origin, just in case it does make a difference, I made sure to place my seeds ‘just so’, oriented east – west, when I sowed another row of green beans this evening.
I also checked on my first rows of green beans, the ones surrounded by plastic spoons.
It appears that no bean plant have been touched by a rabbit, not even a nibble. Is it really because of the spoons? Have I just proven that it is good luck to put plastic spoons all around in your vegetable garden?
Now I think I need spoons all over the garden.
There are even superstitions related to hoes. “If you carry a hoe, spade, or shovel in the house, you must carry it out the same door you came in by, or a death will follow.”
Death? I’ve carried a hoe in the house plenty of times, who hasn’t, but I must be carrying them out the same door I came in by as there haven't been any deaths that I can relate to any hoe carrying episode on my part.
There is another superstition that if you do carry a hoe into your house, you have to walk backwards to carry it out to avoid bad luck.
I refuse to believe this is true. I feel like I have lots of good luck and I don’t walk out backwards with my hoes. Maybe carrying more than one hoe in the house switches the luck from bad to good? I’ve done that a few times.
In fact, I say it is bad luck to own just one hoe. I’ll just go on record and say the more hoes you own, the better your luck will be, and the fuller your life will be.
Do you know of any superstitions related to gardening? Will you be taking a few extra precautions tomorrow, Friday the 13th, to ensure it is your lucky day in the garden?