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Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations

Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations

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Covering more than 100 universal gardening "dos and don'ts," Decoding Gardening Advice is the first book to provide gardeners with the real answers. Jeff Gillman, the bestselling author of The Truth About Garden Remedies, and Meleah Maynard back up every good recommendation with sound horticultural and botanical science. Decoding Gardening Advice is the first and only hard-hitting, evidence-based book that every gardener needs for definitive advice on everything from bulbs, annuals, and perennials to edibles, trees, and soil care.
Covering more than 100 universal gardening "dos and don'ts," Decoding Gardening Advice is the first book to provide gardeners with the real answers. Jeff Gillman, the bestselling author of The Truth About Garden Remedies, and Meleah Maynard back up every good recommendation with sound horticultural and botanical science. Decoding Gardening Advice is the first and only hard-hitting, evidence-based book that every gardener needs for definitive advice on everything from bulbs, annuals, and perennials to edibles, trees, and soil care.

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Publish date: Nov 8, 2011
Added to Scribd: Aug 02, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781604692204
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Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Before laying spade to the first row of soil or planting that first bulb, most gardeners hear plenty of advice-wanted or not-from a variety of sources. As horticulturist Gillman and master gardener Maynard point out in this fun-to-read guide, such words of gardening wisdom can tender good advice, debatable advice, or advice that's just wrong. Covering subjects ranging from soil and water to lawn care, they explain each piece of advice before going into what will happen if you follow it; they then explain how to do each practice under discussion and offer their bottom-line opinion or recommendation ("the real dirt") on the gardening practice. For example, the age-old counsel to water deeply and infrequently to encourage good root systems is good advice because such a method of watering allows plants to establish the deep, healthy root systems they need. Conversely, the authors point out that the advice to provide plenty of water to a lawn, especially in the heat of the summer, is just plain wrong, for overwatering plants causes their roots to suffocate. Although plenty of gardeners are likely to disagree with the authors' advice, Gillman and Maynard's entertaining guide to the scientific reasons behind each practice makes this a valuable guide for a gardener to have on the shelf next to the seed catalogues. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2011-11-21, Publishers Weekly
emmableu reviewed this
Rated 5/5
If you're a scientific-minded gardener who enjoys knowing not only if advice you hear is true or not, but also why, this is the reference for you! Decoding Gardening Advice explores all sorts of well-intentioned tips--till your vegetable garden every year, use gravel or rocks at the bottom of containers to improve drainage, release ladybugs into your garden to help control pests, add phosphorus to increase bloom and stimulate rooting, do not divide shrubs, leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, etc.--and reveals the science that proves whether the advice is good, debatable, or just plain wrong. And even if you're not particularly the analytical sort, this handy, engagingly written guide will help all your horticultural efforts yield the best possible results!
jjmcgaffey reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Occasionally useful, somewhat fluffy. The concept sounds good, but the implementation faltered from time to time. Each section states a common(?) bit of gardening advice - from "put eggshells in the soil around tomatoes" to "plant in the dark of the moon" - and discusses what parts are good advice, possibly useful in certain circumstances (with a very little discussion of what sort of circumstances) and what are bad ideas, or at least not good ones (that is, what is more effort than the result is worth or what might actually damage your plants or soil). The explanations give at least a quick skim of _why_ something might be good advice (eggshells contain calcium, which wards off the common problem of blossom end rot in tomatoes) or bad advice. I got a few bits of advice that were new to me, a few that I'd heard and was pleased to find out the why behind them, and an awful lot of stuff labeled bad advice that I couldn't imagine anyone believing. For the useful bits, it was good, but it took some digging to get the useful bits out.
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Before laying spade to the first row of soil or planting that first bulb, most gardeners hear plenty of advice-wanted or not-from a variety of sources. As horticulturist Gillman and master gardener Maynard point out in this fun-to-read guide, such words of gardening wisdom can tender good advice, debatable advice, or advice that's just wrong. Covering subjects ranging from soil and water to lawn care, they explain each piece of advice before going into what will happen if you follow it; they then explain how to do each practice under discussion and offer their bottom-line opinion or recommendation ("the real dirt") on the gardening practice. For example, the age-old counsel to water deeply and infrequently to encourage good root systems is good advice because such a method of watering allows plants to establish the deep, healthy root systems they need. Conversely, the authors point out that the advice to provide plenty of water to a lawn, especially in the heat of the summer, is just plain wrong, for overwatering plants causes their roots to suffocate. Although plenty of gardeners are likely to disagree with the authors' advice, Gillman and Maynard's entertaining guide to the scientific reasons behind each practice makes this a valuable guide for a gardener to have on the shelf next to the seed catalogues. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2011-11-21, Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Before laying spade to the first row of soil or planting that first bulb, most gardeners hear plenty of advice-wanted or not-from a variety of sources. As horticulturist Gillman and master gardener Maynard point out in this fun-to-read guide, such words of gardening wisdom can tender good advice, debatable advice, or advice that's just wrong. Covering subjects ranging from soil and water to lawn care, they explain each piece of advice before going into what will happen if you follow it; they then explain how to do each practice under discussion and offer their bottom-line opinion or recommendation ("the real dirt") on the gardening practice. For example, the age-old counsel to water deeply and infrequently to encourage good root systems is good advice because such a method of watering allows plants to establish the deep, healthy root systems they need. Conversely, the authors point out that the advice to provide plenty of water to a lawn, especially in the heat of the summer, is just plain wrong, for overwatering plants causes their roots to suffocate. Although plenty of gardeners are likely to disagree with the authors' advice, Gillman and Maynard's entertaining guide to the scientific reasons behind each practice makes this a valuable guide for a gardener to have on the shelf next to the seed catalogues. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2011-11-21, Publishers Weekly
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