Beat Your Tomatoes? Old Wives' Tales from the Garden

Beat Your Tomatoes? Old Wives' Tales from the Garden

Amber Byfield
Jun 9, 2010

All our friends with summer gardens are looking forward to harvesting bushels of produce this season, and are doing everything they can to ensure a fruitful return. Which means that we've been hearing all manner of tips, tricks, and superstitions about growing vegetables lately. Have you ever heard old wives' tales from the garden?

Like beating your tomatoes with a broom? Our thoughts are that this action helps with pollination, but another backyard gardener mentioned that tomatoes produce best when they're stressed (tomato plants work better under pressure, is that it?).

Or, plants that grow upward toward the sky should be planted in the morning sun, while plants that grow deep into the earth should by planted by moonlight.

What about avoiding thanking someone if they give you seeds; uttering a word of thanks causes the seeds not to grow (so that's what happened to last year's tomatoes, eh?).

What superstitions have you heard about the garden—and have you found them to be true?

(Image: Flickr member sylvar licensed under Creative Commons)

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