A Quick Book Review

I like to still read beginning gardening books and articles, talk to gardeners, go to gardening classes. It is a good way to keep up on my gardening knowledge, and see what people are thinking as well. Not everything I hear and read is accurate. My cousin commented on my previous post, “There is so much misinformation and pseudo science out there. Thanks for making the world a more informed and scientific place.” It is very true, gardening advice is full of pseudo science. I would love to go over a lot of common advice that needs to be re-evaluated…but it’s already been done. There is an excellent book out there, that I believe should be in every gardener’s library.

The book is Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations by Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard

I bought this book on a Timber Press monthly special. (By the way, Timber Press specials are the best. Every month they have three e-books that are 3.99 or less. I have bought a load of gardening books all for around $3.50 just by checking up on the specials. It isn’t just old or unwanted books either, I’ve got some newer releases and some bestsellers from there.You can sign up for their mailing list and get notified. Can you really have enough Timber Press books as a gardener? I think not. And I am in no way compensate for this statement, although if they would like to send me free books they are more than welcome too.)

After my last post, I started to look through this book again. It is well organized, so in my case I was skipping through the book instead of reading it straight through. It is divided into chapters that include soils, water, pests, mulch, flowers, trees, vegetables and fruit, and lawn. It is presented simply, sorting advice in each chapter into good advice, advice that’d debatable, and advice that’s just wrong. In a glance you can quickly tell the value of a certain piece of advice, and then go on to read the details.

I did wish they would site specific studies and articles to back up their stance one everything, but that would also make it not as user friendly and is probably not of interest to most people. (An appendix would be nice.)


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