When my husband and I bought our first house in 2006,
one of my major non-negotiable requirements was a place with a little space
to garden. Neither of us are native to North Carolina, nor did we have any
clue what making a real garden here was really going to entail (and
how much it would mean to us to make that real garden.) So I took my
naive self to the gardening community at livejournal for a little help,
hope and guidance. Now that I'm into my toddling years as a gardener I
try to offer a little hope and help to new members of that community
where I can, because there's a lot of information out there and not all of
it is helpful, or even true, which is how I arrived at this rant.
me be the first to admit that I subscribe to some superstitious nonsense. My
grandmother passed to me a number of strange beliefs, and as a grown woman I
still won't speak of a dream before breakfast lest it come true. I don't move
brooms from an old house to a new house. However, I know all of this is
nonsense and I never try to tell anyone otherwise.
Which is why stuff
like this – Joyful Tomato.com – drives
me absolutely insane. It's just bad science. I realize that not
everyone is interested in the scientific method, and I know searching
for peer-reviewed studies is time-consuming and not a skill
everyone learns in school (although it should be), but if you're trying to
get $20 off me, then GET THEE TO THE LIBRARY.
I would be entirely
willing to believe that pinching all the leaves off my tomato plants would
increase yields as long as you can show me that it works with solid
methodology. If you're not qualified to perform the experiment, link me to
some good studies. I am a pretty open-minded kind of gal, but I do have a
standard of evidence and this just does not meet the standard. Especially not
if you want me to give you cash money.
The three-leaf tomato method is
just one example of dozens I could choose, many of them probably more
offensive to the case for good science. If the word science didn't appear on
the site at all, the fact that this is passed from grandfather to grandson
would just be a bit charming, and totally acceptable since pretty much any
gardener has a few little traditions they've inherited from the gardeners
who came before, quite a few of them grandparents. However, bad
science sucks, and everyone should learn the difference between anecdote
About the Author: I live in Charlotte, NC,
and I'm a relative newbie as I've only been gardening for about 3 years now.
It's a pretty nice place to garden as we benefit from long growing season,
but still get all 4 seasons. I'm especially interested in planting for shade
and woodland areas.