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The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers
     

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

by Teri Dunn Chace
 

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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

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

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

“Less experienced gardeners will most appreciate this book of answers, but everybody makes mistakes.” —Publishers Weekly

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

“The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.” —Portland Press Herald

“A good book for beginning gardeners because much of the material covered is basic, but even experienced gardeners could learn a few tricks.” —Country Gardens

“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.” —Book Visions

“Chace offers the right way to do the job, tells readers how to fix their mistakes, and sometimes counsels them to accept defeat.” —Akron Beacon Journal

“A sensible approach that won’t intimidate.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Good choice for beginning and/or gardeners with short attention spans. . . . It’s easy to read and covers lots of ground quickly.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News

“It is the best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.” —Portland Press Herald

“You’ll find sympathy and practical fixes here.” —NJ.com

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692358
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
1,337,953
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than thirty titles in publication, including Seeing Flowers (Timber Press, 2014),  How to Eradicate Invasive Plants (Timber Press, 2013) and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers (Timber Press, 2012). She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, Chace has gardened in a variety of climate zones and soil types, from inner city Portland, Oregon, to coastal Massachusetts. She now lives in a small upstate New York village with snowy winters and glorious summers.

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