Yeah, so I like to brush my dog and put his fur around my garden fence. Why? Because I like to think that it wards off vampires and critters who are eyeing up my (still imaginary) tomatoes.
The truth? Assuming that whatever it is that makes little critters afraid of bigger-toothed critters can be conjured up via things that still smell like that bigger-toothed critter even when it’s no longer attached to the toothy body AND that that smell is strong enough to perfume the air and permeate the earth around the entire garden perimeter AND, AND, AND.
It’s not likely. I’m no scientist. I’m no expert on the preservation of stink molecules on predators and their repelling benefit to tomato thieves, but I don’t see it happening. But I do it anyway.
I think that gardening is replete with pseudoscience. Harvesting or planting by the moon cycles? Hogwash. Washing hogs with homeopathic hoof juice? Moonwash.
We do things and we aren’t even sure why. Soaking seeds before planting them? Could be good. Can you find a real scientific study that says it is? I can’t. I can find one that says it might be good to soak certain kinds of legumes in plant food or inoculant. But plain old water for some kinds of seeds? Hmmm… can’t seem to find one. I think it works. But does it? Probably doesn’t do any harm, probably really does do some good. It would be nice to know.
There’s good science too. Rotations, fertilizers, soil types, sun, pest control… evidence based. Good stuff. But surely you have some weird things that you do too.
What kinds of rituals do you do for your garden that you aren’t so sure are based upon science? There’s no shame! No vegetables were harmed in the conducting of your odd druidic moonlight ritual!