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The Truth about Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Whyby 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 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.
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To help gardeners steer a path through the claims of commercial products and traditional or innovative practices, Gillman (horticultural science, U. of Minnesota) looks at fertilizers and related amendments, water, biostimulants, insecticides, herbicides, concoctions to be avoided, and other topics. A previous edition was published at an undisclosed date. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Can beer make plants grow? And how about stopping slugs with eggshells? This fearless book 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.
About the Author
Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the department of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota, where he has worked since 1998. He specializes in nursery management and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nursery production and pesticide use. Gillman earned his doctorate in horticulture and a master's degree in entomology from the University of Georgia. He has published research papers on topics as varied as how silicon affects plant resistance to disease and how lime affects plant growth. He has also done extensive research on organic pesticides. When not teaching or conducting research, Gillman participates in numerous master gardener programs in Minnesota and nearby states.
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