As I worked in the garden today I started thinking about all the garden folklore I’ve heard over the years. Some of it is kinda silly and other pieces are based in wisdom.
Here’s a few that came to mind.
- Never plant vegetables that sound alike together. Think potato and tomato. Pap told me that one.
- Never say thank you if someone shares their flowers or plant cuttings with you. If you do they will die. I’ve heard this one my whole life—and man is it hard not to automatically say thank you when someone gives you plants.
- If you find a horse shoe hang it in the nearest tree for good luck. It’s not as common to find horse shoes as it once was. We found a few in Pap’s big garden, but I hung them on my porch instead of a tree.
- Finding a four leaf clover is good luck. My sister-n-law can walk outside and find a four leaf clover instantly. I don’t think I’ve found more than two in my whole life, but Chitter has inherited her aunt’s skill and can find them easily.
- To keep crows from bothering your garden, kill one and hang it nearby. Every year I see a dead crow hanging in a garden down the road.
- Trees that bloom twice in one year will have a bad crop. Pap told me he seen June apples bloom twice more than once.
- If you spit in your hands when cutting wood you’ll have good luck. If you ask me holding on to the ax always = good luck.
- Don’t plant your garden until the oak leaves are the size of mouse ears.
- Always plant your potatoes on Good Friday.
- Plant your green beans on Good Friday.
- Anything planted on the first day of Spring will live.
- Bury nails around the roots of Hydrangea to make the blooms blue.
- Grass won’t grow where human blood has been spilled.
- Flowers which bloom out of season are evil. I’m not sure why, but this is one of my favorite pieces of folklore.
- A snowy winter portends a good year for crops.
- After planting a hill of beans, press the soil with your foot for good luck. Pap always did this, but not in the hopes of having good luck. I always liked seeing his bootprints on top of all the mounds—somehow it seemed like the bootprints symbolized a job well done. The Deer Hunter does it too so I still get to see those meaningful bootprints.
- Planting peppers when you’re mad, makes the peppers grow hotter.
- If two people’s hoes hit together, they will work in the same field next year. I always try to get the girls to hit hoes with me cause I sure want to be working with them from now on.
If any other gardening folklore comes to mind please leave a comment and share it.
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