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About this book
About this book
Can beer make plants grow? How about buttermilk? Or musicaclassical or rock? Are you sure abut 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#iand sometimes the why not#ifor more than 100 common and uncommon gardening practices. The results will surprise even experienced gardeners.
Re-issue of the 2006 edition with a new forword by Michael A. Dirr
Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in nursery management. He lectures and conducts research on the production of woody ornamental plants and the abuse of pesticides. Jeff spent his early life on a small orchard in rural Pennsylvania and then attended the University of Georgia to earn his master's degree in entomology and his doctorate in horticulture. Jeff loathes information that is passed without concern for the consequences, and he has researched and published papers on the use of lime in containers, how plant hairs affect mites, how to control deer, and more. He lectures on topics including homebrewed remedies, organic pesticides, and sprayer and fertilizer calibration techniques. Jeff enjoys spending time at home with his daughter in her slug hunting and slug control research. Together they test lint, eggshells, coffee grounds, and other top-shelf ingredients.