The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

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The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it's too late and they've already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.

The book's 24 chapters tackle every kind of gardening disaster, whether it has to do with plants, tools and techniques, or general care and maintenance. Gardeners looking to prune their roses will learn to hold off until late winter to avoid damaging plant ...

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Overview

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it's too late and they've already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.

The book's 24 chapters tackle every kind of gardening disaster, whether it has to do with plants, tools and techniques, or general care and maintenance. Gardeners looking to prune their roses will learn to hold off until late winter to avoid damaging plant tissue. Gardeners that have allowed their mint to overgrow? Dunn advises pulling it out and replanting it in a container to control the root.

Organized by common garden topics and designed to be easily dipped in and out of, The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers offers nuggets of wisdom based on Teri Dunn Chace's years of hands-on gardening experience. Advice is humorously supported by Colleen Coover's delightful illustrations. This accessible guide will transform an anxious gardener into an informed, confident, successful gardener with a mistake-free garden

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As all gardeners know, mistakes go with the gardening turf. From the too-big plant in the front of the border to the badly pruned shrub, making ugly and visible errors is the tuition gardeners pay. Garden writer Chace offers help in this well-organized compendium of common mistakes that can be avoided or, if not, fixed. In separate chapters, Chace covers everything from bulbs (how deep to plant? which end is up?) to weeds (how did they get into a new planting bed?). She first explains correct techniques and then offers fixes if the gardener has goofed, an especially helpful feature. (Some things can’t be fixed, so, for example, never top a tree.) Illustrations by Colleen Coover help the anxious gardener lighten up. Less experienced gardeners will most appreciate this book of answers, but everybody makes mistakes. (Mar.)
Yahoo! Voices.com

“Combining common sense with practical experience, Chace’s answers will have gardeners questioning how they can ever go wrong again.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

"Anyone that has made a gardening goof, or had gardening questions, but felt intimidated by the sheer volume of information available online or at the library can get something significant from this book."
Sharon the Librarian Blog.com

“A sensible approach that won’t intimidate.”
Country Gardens

“The language is straight forward and perfect for amateur and beginning gardeners, while there are great reminders for more experienced gardeners since there is always room to learn from your mistakes.”
NJ.com

"A good book for beginning gardeners because much of the material covered is basic, but even experienced gardeners could learn a few tricks."
VIV Magazine

"If you are planting your first garden or perhaps have just had your first garden disaster, this is the book to find out where things went wrong."
Dirt du Jour

As all gardeners know, mistakes go with the gardening turf. From the too-big plant in the front of the border to the badly pruned shrub, making ugly and visible errors is the tuition gardeners pay. Garden writer Chace offers help in this well-organized compendium of common mistakes that can be avoided or, if not, fixed. In separate chapters, Chace covers everything from bulbs (how deep to plant? which end is up?) to weeds (how did they get into a new planting bed?). She first explains correct techniques and then offers fixes if the gardener has goofed, an especially helpful feature. (Some things can’t be fixed, so, for example, never top a tree.) Illustrations by Colleen Coover help the anxious gardener lighten up. Less experienced gardeners will most appreciate this book of answers, but everybody makes mistakes.
BookVisions

"Chace is that deep breath you need when panic strikes in the petunia patch."
GRIT

"We love “I Goofed, Can I Fix It?” [sections] which provid[e] tips on mistakes such as overzealous pruning and choosing the wrong plant for a space."
Akron Beacon Journal

"Contains great gardening advice to help you solve virtually any gardening challenge."
TillysNest.com

"Chace offers the right way to do the job, tells readers how to fix their mistakes and sometimes counsels them to accept defeat."
Portland Press Herald

“The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.”

The Patriot-News

The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.”

Maine Sunday Telegram

“Good choice for: beginning and/or gardeners with short attention spans… it’s easy to read and covers lots of ground quickly.”

From the Publisher

“It is the best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener."

Capper's Grit
"Contains great gardening advice to help you solve virtually any gardening challenge."
Yahoo! Voices.com - Sharon Schmidt Tyler
"Anyone that has made a gardening goof, or had gardening questions, but felt intimidated by the sheer volume of information available online or at the library can get something significant from this book."
Booklist
“Combining common sense with practical experience, Chace’s answers will have gardeners questioning how they can ever go wrong again.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692358
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,360,661
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than thirty titles in publication, including How to Eradicate Invasive PlantsThe Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answer, and Seeing Flowers. She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. She lives in Little Falls, New York. 


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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    Garden Helper

    If you are planting your first garden or perhaps have just had your first garden disaster, this is the book to find out where things went wrong. As much as I would like to stick a few plants in the ground, scatter some seeds, and come back to a bountiful garden, it doesn’t work that way. There are planting times, weeds, pests, and a variety of problems that can occur.

    The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers is written question and answer style with topics covering most of the important aspects of good garden care. The book covers proper planting times and depths, soil, weed control, fertilizer, pests, different plant types, and much more.

    Most topics contain information on what can go wrong, the right way to do it, and if it can be fixed if a mistake is made. This book is more for beginners because there is just basic information on each subject, but it is certainly enough to get started and a great quick reference guide if you are not sure about something that has gone wrong.

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