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

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The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't and Why
by Jeff Gillman (Author), £9.89

We've all heard dozens, probably hundreds, of home gardening remedies that "really work".  Well, Jeff Gillman has taken hundreds, maybe thousands, of these remedies and brought in the science.  Does putting ammonia in plant water provide helpful extra nitrogen?  (Not unless you know what you're doing, and even then, probably not.)  How about gravel for drainage?  (No.)  Do Hydrogels mean you don't need to water as often?  (No.)  Do ground brussels sprouts control weeds?  (No.)  Does dosing your plants with B1 help?  (Only the tiniest plants, such as cuttings in scientific test tubes.)  Gillman does an excellent job of explaining what the remedy supposedly does, what it really does, and a round-up paragraph of "what it means for you".  The book is packed with sensible explanations of why you shouldn't do most things your grandmother told you - but smile, and be nice about it.  Only flaw?  I finished it and wanted more.  4/5.  [GT]

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

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December 25, 2006 in Arts & information, Reviews | Permalink

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