The Truth about Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why  -     By: Jeff Gillman
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The Truth about Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why

Workman Publishing / 2008 / Paperback

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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 there for the taking: the challenge is to know what will work and what won't. Fearlessly conducting original experiments and harvesting wisdom from 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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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN-13: 9780881929126
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/25/15.

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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 whyⷚ and sometimes the why notⷚ for more than 100 common and uncommon gardening practices. The results will surprise even experienced gardeners.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

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


"Some of these may come as a shock or upset your favorite long-held ideas, but the book is worth it and is a fun read. It gives you lots to talk about with your gardening friends."


“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.”


"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." 

“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."

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