Trowel and Error: Over 700 Tips, Remedies and Shortcuts for the Gardener

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Ever since she was old enough to help her grandmother in the garden, Sharon Lovejoy has spent her life working with plants?and along the way, through "trowel and error," she's accumulated hundreds and hundreds of remedies, tips, short-cuts, and cure-alls. Now Ms. Lovejoy?author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots and the award-winning Sunflower Houses?does for the garden what Heloise or the Queen of Clean does for the household. Trowel and Error collects all of her homespun garden advice into an inviting, ...

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Overview

Ever since she was old enough to help her grandmother in the garden, Sharon Lovejoy has spent her life working with plants—and along the way, through "trowel and error," she's accumulated hundreds and hundreds of remedies, tips, short-cuts, and cure-alls. Now Ms. Lovejoy—author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots and the award-winning Sunflower Houses—does for the garden what Heloise or the Queen of Clean does for the household. Trowel and Error collects all of her homespun garden advice into an inviting, environmentally friendly, whimsically illustrated yet dead-on helpful book that will benefit every gardener, beginner or experienced.

Cure plant viruses with spoiled milk. Steep a natural and effective insecticide out of fresh basil. Place flat stones under squash or melons to hasten ripening. Recycle an old apple corer as the perfect dibber for muscari and other small bulbs. Start rosemary cuttings in a green glass bottle. Sprinkle baby powder over seedlings to discourage rabbits. Crush a garlic clove and apply it to your skin as an insect repellent. From urging the reader to take an occasional shower with the houseplants to giving all-natural gardenside first aid, Trowel and Error is a direct line to the kind of practical wisdom that comes only after a lifetime of experience. The book is indexed by problem, plant, pest, and solution, and includes a list of tools and common household items—borax, cornmeal, vinegar—that completes the gardener's arsenal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761126324
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 166,200
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    excellent

    helpful advice, answers a lot of common questions.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Trowel & Error-Simply Delightful!

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed reading all the helpful tips, made much more enjoyable by the charming illustrations. I bought to give as a gift but ended up keeping it myself! Have purchased all this author's books and all are just as wonderful as Trowel & Error(even a couple of pamphlets that I had to buy directly from the author-check out her website!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Awesome!!!

    Purchased this as a retirement gift and was so impressed when it arrived, that I'm ordering one for me now too!!! Great tid-bits and ideas. Can't wait for the weather to break so I can get outside!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    The book to have for all gardeners

    I have enjoyed reading this book and have already tried some of the hints on keeping deer out of my flowers. I'm planning on giving copies to my gardening friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    For all who love to garden.

    This is a lovely little book. It is both informative and entertaining at the same time and beautifully illustrated to boot. I found many helpful hints and almost all ingredients involved are household items. For those who like to garden without harsh chemicals this book has the answers. This would make a great Christmas present for anyone who loves to garden, whether a beginner or experienced gardener. You can tell the great joy the author experiences in her garden.

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