Tri-City Voice Newspaper - What's Happening - Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Newark, Sunol and Union City, California

 

March 11, 2014 > Pat Kites Garden: Garden Superstitions

Pat Kites Garden: Garden Superstitions

By Pat Kite

Admittedly I am a somewhat superstitious person. So itÕs fun to see what the plant reference books have to say about assorted international fruit and vegetable superstitions.

Just for funÉ

APPLE: To determine a future spouse, a girl should peel the skin off an apple in a continuous peel, and then fling this over her left shoulder. When the peel meets the ground, the letter formed will be the initial of a prospective suitor.

BEANS: In the Southwest of England, farming success advice was planting kidney beans only on May 3rd. Doing otherwise was asking for trouble.

BEETS: Highly prized by ancient Greeks for their beneficial effects, beets were touted as a treatment for colds and headaches. [AuthorÕs note: modern science hasnÕt come up with much better, ha!]

CABBAGE: If your cabbage has two shoots from a single root, a Òdouble,Ó itÕs a good luck omen.

CARROTS: not only a love potion, but also eating them makes one sexier.

FRUITS: ItÕs good luck to find a fruit growing double. Share this with a friend, and both will have a wish granted. And if a pregnant woman eats such a fruit, she can expect twins.

GARLIC: There are endless international superstitions about garlicÕs ability to purge evil spirits from a house. However, in mitigation, strands of garlic hung about windows and doors will keep nosy vampires away.

LEEK: For battle strength and protection; long ago Welshmen would rub leek plants over their body. This tradition sometimes shows up as dˇcor in Welsh sporting events today.

LETTUCE: Ancient Romans believed that if you gorged on lettuce while lustily imbibing, you couldnÕt get drunk.

LEMONS: Do you want to dream about a future love affair? Women should keep lemon peel under their armpits for a day then rub the peel on bedposts. With any luck, potential beau will appear in a dream - toting two lemons.

NUTS: A large nut crop foretells more births than usual in that area.

ORANGE: Oranges are esteemed lucky fruits. A gift of oranges between a boy and girl encourage love. Perhaps this is why orange blossoms show up at so many weddings.

PEAS: Find a pod with only one pea, and good fortune soon follows. If your pod has nine peas, toss one over your right shoulder and make a wish. It will come true.

PEACH: A peach blossom sprig placed over your front door keeps evil spirits away.

POTATO: Have rheumatism? A long-standing superstition cure is to put a potato in your coat or pants pocket. It should be a new potato that has been kept until it turns black and becomes wood hard.

Did your folks have a garden superstition?

Best of spring.




Dahlia lovers take notice:

The San Leandro Dahlia Society will hold their annual Dahlia Tuber/Cutting sale April 26th at Root Park in the 900 block of East 14th Street in San Leandro. The time will be 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. We will have 20 different forms and over 200 varieties. We look forward to helping you with your colorful plant needs.

Home        Protective Services Classifieds   Community Resources   Archived Issues  
About Us   Advertising   Comments   Subscribe   TCV Store   Contact

Tri Cities Voice What's Happening - click to return to home page

Copyright © 2014 Tri-City Voice