Love your garden. Here are some fun, quirky facts about plants and gardening that will suprise you!
The garden is a wonderful thing, it contains many hidden secrets. We’ve done some digging (no pun intended) and found a few interesting facts that suprised even the most green fingered among us!
Peanuts are not nuts, but legumes related to beans and lentils. The same goes for almonds, pistachios, cashews, horse chestnuts and pine nuts.
2. A rose amongst the, er, fruit
Peaches, pears, apricots, quinces, strawberries, and apples are members of the rose family. Although, I’m not sure if your Valentine would appreciate the sentiment if you turned up on his/her doorstep bearing a basket of fruit.
3. Head in the sand
Storing gardening tools in building sand will help to keep them from rusting. Just make sure your cat doesn’t use it as her litter tray.
4. Sweet as pie
Baking soda can make homegrown tomatoes taste less tart. After all, no one wants an acidic tomato.
5. Get your caffeine fix
Use leftover coffee grounds to enrich your soil and repel critters. Plus, many coffee shops will offer free grounds to use for composting.
6. Sandwich fillers
From a botanical standpoint, avocados and pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables, because they bear the plants’ seeds.
7. Two for one
Oldest: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species; it dates back to about 250 million years ago.
Fastest: Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world; it can grow 35 inches in a single day.
8. Inside out
The average strawberry has 200 seeds. It’s the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside.
A sunflower looks like one large flower, but each head is composed of hundreds of tiny flowers called florets, which ripen to become the seeds.
Are you a garden enthusiast? Share your garden secrets with us.