The Informed Gardener

The Informed Gardener

by Linda K. Chalker-Scott
     
 

Winner of the Best Book Award in the 2009 Garden Writers Association Media Awards

Named an "Outstanding Title" in University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 2009

In this introduction to sustainable landscaping practices, Linda Chalker-Scott addresses the most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural

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Winner of the Best Book Award in the 2009 Garden Writers Association Media Awards

Named an "Outstanding Title" in University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 2009

In this introduction to sustainable landscaping practices, Linda Chalker-Scott addresses the most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals. Chalker-Scott offers invaluable advice to gardeners gardeners who have wondered:

o Are native plants the best choice for sustainable landscaping?

o Should you avoid disturbing the root ball when planting?

o Are organic products better or safer than synthetic ones?

o What is the best way to control weeds-fabric or mulch?

o Does giving vitamins to plants stimulate growth?

o Are compost teas effective in controlling diseases?

o When is the best time to water in hot weather?

o If you pay more, do you get a higher-quality plant?

o How can you differentiate good advice from bad advice?

The answers may surprise you. In her more than twenty years as a university researcher and educator in the field of plant physiology, Linda Chalker-Scott has discovered a number of so-called truths that originated in traditional agriculture and that have been applied to urban horticulture, in many cases damaging both plant and environmental health. The Informed Gardener is based on basic and applied research from university faculty and landscape professionals, originally published in peer-reviewed journals.

After reading this book, you will:

o Understand your landscape or garden plants as components of a living system

o Save time (by not overdoing soil preparation, weeding, pruning, staking, or replacing plants that have died before their time)

o Save money (by avoiding worthless or harmful garden products, and producing healthier, longer-lived plants)

o Reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides

o Assess marketing claims objectively

This book will be of interest to landscape architects, nursery and landscape professionals, urban foresters, arborists, certified professional horticulturists, and home gardeners.

For more information go to: http://www.theinformedgardener.com

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Editorial Reviews

BellaOnline
This groundbreaking book belongs in every gardener's library. Rather than pushing one viewpoint over another, the author brings a voice of reason to gardening without the usual hype.

The Patriot News
Chalker-Scott is a one-woman Consumer Reports on gardening practices. Her book takes a look at what we think we know and what we've heard to be true, then holds it up against what research shows.

The Bloomsbury Review
A succinct and easy-to-navigate resource.... Chalker-Scott's instructions are clear enough for even a first-time gardener to follow.

Washington State Grange News
Chalker-Scott's approach is unique in that she speaks about gardening as a genuine expert—- with academic credentials—- who debunks numerous myths.... in a manner that is easy for us laypeople to understand and absorb... Her conclusions are good advice for all of us to follow.

Seattle Times
In her first book she takes on common garden myths about fertilizer, mulch, transplanting, staking, compost tea, watering and many more potentially confusing topics. She skillfully debunks them with current research as well as her experience in extension horticulture.

Midwest Book Review
The Informed Gardener is a thorough, well-written guide and is highly recommended to any gardening enthusiast.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
An informative, helpful guide to sustainable landscaping, with valuable emphasis on cutting through many of the myths and misunderstandings that now surround this increasingly hot topic.

Cascadia Weekly
[Linda Chalker-Scott's] book does great service in helping the urban gardener move past common practices that hinder instead of help, looking to nature itself as the ultimate teacher of truths.

Tacoma News
Linda Chalker-Scott is gardening's version of television's 'MythBusters.' Ok, so she isn't so keen on blowing things up, but she does use scientific research to explain why many traditional horticultural practices aren't suitable for urban landscapes.

Library Journal

Horticulturalist Chalker-Scott (Washington State Univ.) succeeds in deflating many gardening myths, encouraging readers to dig a little deeper for scientific evidence and facts. Following her online columns written from 2000 to 2007, she attacks five large collections of myths, under the headings "Understanding How Plants Work," "How/What/When/Where To Plant," "Soil Additives," "Mulches," and "Miracles in a Bag/Bottle/Box." For example, under the first heading readers will find a chapter on the "Myth of Fragile Roots" followed by the "Myth of Mighty Roots." Under "Miracles in a Bag/Bottle/Box," there are chapters on the "Myth of Mineral Magic" and the "Myth of Vitamin Shots." Each chapter includes references, pointing to peer-reviewed literature for further details. The text is well written and full of common sense. For instance, on the "Myth of Fragile Roots," she shatters the notion that "you shouldn't disturb the root ball." This enjoyable book should find its way into the hands of almost every gardener-and may increase ILL for specifically cited scholarly papers. Highly recommended for public libraries with gardeners ready to tackle the literature, as well as academic and special libraries with interests in horticulture and gardening.
—Edward J. Valauskas

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295987903
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
664,034
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Chalker-Scott is an extension urban horticulturist and associate professor at Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University. She is the Washington State editor of MasterGardener magazine and for six years she authored an online column,

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