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The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why

The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why

by Jeff Gillman
     
 

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Can beer make plants grow? How about buttermilk? Or music—classical or rock? Are you sure about planting trees in deep holes? And how about chasing insects with hot sauce and stopping slugs with eggshells?

Whether in ancient books, on television, or in gardening publications, remedies for all your garden woes are here for the taking: the challenge is

Overview

Can beer make plants grow? How about buttermilk? Or music—classical or rock? Are you sure about planting trees in deep holes? And how about chasing insects with hot sauce and stopping slugs with eggshells?

Whether in ancient books, on television, or in gardening publications, remedies for all your garden woes are here for the taking: the challenge is to know what will work and what won't.

Fearlessly conducting original experiments and harvesting wisdom from the scientific literature, horticulturalist Jeff Gillman assesses new and historic advice and reveals the how and why‚ and sometimes the why not‚ for more than 100 common and uncommon gardening practices. The results will surprise even experienced gardeners.

Editorial Reviews

Buffalo Spree
"[A] book that shoots down many fabled solutions that are really a waste of time."

From the Publisher
“Wondering how best to keep your garden healthy? Let Jeff Gillman … do the research, so you don’t waste time and money trying to add nutrients to the soil, keeping slugs and deer away, or protecting your roses from powdery mildew and black spot.”

"Gillman's goal is to get gardeners to think—to make sure there is a reason behind everything they do for their plants."

"Gillman’s goal is to get gardeners to think—to make sure there is a reason behind everything they do for their plants."

Buffalo Spree - Elizabeth Licata
"This is a must-have book for both its information on home remedies and its survey of commercial remedies. Clearly, we need fewer gurus and more people like Gillman."
Newark Star-Ledger
"This is a must-have book for both its information on home remedies and its survey of commercial remedies. Clearly, we need fewer gurus and more people like Gillman."
Chicago Tribune
"While entertainingly relating his experiments and his research, Gillman also packs in a wealth of useful information."

Horticulture
"Whenever I hear someone offer a solution to a garden problem, I immediately check [The Truth About Garden Remedies] to see if it will work."

American Gardener
“Both these books [The Truth About Organic Gardening and The Truth About Garden Remedies] are refreshing, lucid and enlightening. Their spare style, with no illustrations, and concentration on facts rather than ‘inspiration’ even gives them an old-fashioned charm.”

Garden Compass
"[A] book that shoots down many fabled solutions that are really a waste of time."

Tri-City Herald
“Wondering how best to keep your garden healthy? Let Jeff Gillman … do the research, so you don’t waste time and money trying to add nutrients to the soil, keeping slugs and deer away, or protecting your roses from powdery mildew and black spot.”

BBC Gardens Illustrated
“Both these books [The Truth About Organic Gardening and The Truth About Garden Remedies] are refreshing, lucid and enlightening. Their spare style, with no illustrations, and concentration on facts rather than ‘inspiration’ even gives them an old-fashioned charm.”

Redding Record Searchlight
"Gillman’s goal is to get gardeners to think—to make sure there is a reason behind everything they do for their plants."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604690071
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The Truth About Garden Remedies showed me what and how remedies work (or don't) and why. I was interested to learn about potentially hazardous 'quick fixes' and, as always, to have nonsensical myths busted. If I so keep any of my harmless homemade concoctions around, I know now that I'll probably be doing it for their placebo effect—on me."
—Ken Druse, author of The Natural Habitat Garden and The Collector's Garden

Meet the Author

Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the department of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota, where he researches plant production and teaches courses on nursery management and pesticide use. He earned his doctorate in horticulture and a master's degree in entomology from the University of Georgia.

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