10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Garden

Gardening is hardly a straightforward practice — goodness knows it takes skills, dedication, and more than a little luck to grow flowers and veggies. But while certain facts about gardens are perplexing (like the delicate nature of herb garden growing), some are just plain fun, silly, or even mind-boggling. And because we love all things gardening, we couldn’t help but share this random assortment:

1. A sunflower is not just one flower.
Both the fuzzy brown center and the classic yellow petals are actually 1,000 – 2,000 individual flowers, held together on a single stalk.

2. There are more microorganisms in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth.
It’s aliiiiive! OK, in all seriousness, that fact might make you itchy, but microbes are important for keeping your soil full of nutrients.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

3. Plants really do respond to sound.
Talking to plants to help them grow is a well-known old wives’ tale, but studies have shown vibration (like music, or perhaps even the sweet sound of your voice) can affect plant growth. Plus, the Myth Busters (in an admittedly not-so-scientific study), compared a silent greenhouse to one where they piped in a voice soundtrack, and found that plants in the latter grew more.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

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