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

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

by Jeff Gillman, Meleah Maynard
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Booklist
“A well-researched, indispensable resource that belongs on every gardening shelf.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Filled with simplified explanations based on current science, this slim, precisely organized handbook is good for a cover to cover read or as a handy reference guide to dip into as needed.”
The Pittsburg Post-Gazette

“Gillman's book is full of interesting and scientifically backed research. He's a welcome voice of reason amid a growing babble of self-appointed, uninformed gardening ‘experts.’”
— Susan Banks

Philadelphia Inquirer
"Whether you agree or not, the authors' recommendations and conclusions are explained and summarized. This is one smart, well-organized book."
— Virginia A. Smith
The Journal-Sentinel
"This is a fascinating, entertaining and useful book, written in a format that makes for quick reference."
— Mary-Liz Shaw
The East Oregonian
"This is a fascinating, entertaining and useful book, written in a format that makes for quick reference."
Dallas Morning News
“If you’ve ever questioned a commonly repeated gardening tip and considered submitting it to Mythbusters for analysis, don’t bother. Just buy this book.”
ForeWord Magazine
"If you’ve ever questioned a commonly repeated gardening tip and considered submitting it to Mythbusters for analysis, don’t bother. Just buy this book."
The Pittsburg Post-Gazette - Susan Banks
“Gillman's book is full of interesting and scientifically backed research. He's a welcome voice of reason amid a growing babble of self-appointed, uninformed gardening ‘experts.’”

San Francisco Chronicle - Virginia A. Smith
"Helpful for novice and experienced gardeners alike, the practical advice here is backed up with interesting popular science and delivered in an engaging format."
The Pittsburg Post-Gazette - Mary-Liz Shaw
“Filled with simplified explanations based on current science, this slim, precisely organized handbook is good for a cover to cover read or as a handy reference guide to dip into as needed.”
Philadelphia Inquirer - Renee Struthers-Hogge
“Gillman's book is full of interesting and scientifically backed research. He's a welcome voice of reason amid a growing babble of self-appointed, uninformed gardening ‘experts.’”

The Journal-Sentinel - Courtney Sorrell
"Whether you agree or not, the authors' recommendations and conclusions are explained and summarized. This is one smart, well-organized book."
Winston-Salem Journal
"...veteran gardeners and newly inspired green thumbs alike will learn to question what they're told before they create the vegetable garden, orchard, or suburban lawn of their dreams."
The Patriot-News
"This is a nuts-and-bolts book full of practical advice."

The Chronicle Herald
"This easy-to-read paperback is kind of like a Consumer Reports rundown on garden tips.”

From the Publisher
“Looks at more than 100 of the so called dos and don’ts of gardening, and backs up their recommendations with hands-on research.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692204
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
953,159
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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