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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692358
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Combining common sense with practical experience, Chace’s answers will have gardeners questioning how they can ever go wrong again.”
(Yahoo! Voices.com)

"Anyone that has made a gardening goof, or had gardening questions, but felt intimidated by the sheer volume of information available online or at the library can get something significant from this book."
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

“A sensible approach that won’t intimidate.”
(Sharon the Librarian Blog.com)

“The language is straight forward and perfect for amateur and beginning gardeners, while there are great reminders for more experienced gardeners since there is always room to learn from your mistakes.”
(Country Gardens)

"A good book for beginning gardeners because much of the material covered is basic, but even experienced gardeners could learn a few tricks."
(NJ.com)

"You’ll find sympathy and practical fixes here."
(VIV Magazine)

“We love “I Goofed, Can I Fix It?” [sections] which provid[e] tips on mistakes such as overzealous pruning and choosing the wrong plant for a space."

(Publishers Weekly)

As all gardeners know, mistakes go with the gardening turf. From the too-big plant in the front of the border to the badly pruned shrub, making ugly and visible errors is the tuition gardeners pay. Garden writer Chace offers help in this well-organized compendium of common mistakes that can be avoided or, if not, fixed. In separate chapters, Chace covers everything from bulbs (how deep to plant? which end is up?) to weeds (how did they get into a new planting bed?). She first explains correct techniques and then offers fixes if the gardener has goofed, an especially helpful feature. (Some things can’t be fixed, so, for example, never top a tree.) Illustrations by Colleen Coover help the anxious gardener lighten up. Less experienced gardeners will most appreciate this book of answers, but everybody makes mistakes.
(Dirt du Jour)

"Chace is that deep breath you need when panic strikes in the petunia patch."
(BookVisions)

"If you are planting your first garden or perhaps have just had your first garden disaster, this is the book to find out where things went wrong."
(VIV Magazine)

"We love “I Goofed, Can I Fix It?” [sections] which provid[e] tips on mistakes such as overzealous pruning and choosing the wrong plant for a space."
(GRIT)

"Contains great gardening advice to help you solve virtually any gardening challenge."
(Akron Beacon Journal)

"Chace offers the right way to do the job, tells readers how to fix their mistakes and sometimes counsels them to accept defeat."
(TillysNest.com)

"Makes easy practical sense out of mysteries of gardening and helps to troubleshoot and prevent problems from even occurring in the first place."
(Portland Press Herald)

The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.”

(The Patriot-News)

“Good choice for: beginning and/or gardeners with short attention spans… it’s easy to read and covers lots of ground quickly.” 

(Maine Sunday Telegram)

“The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.” 

(Portland Press Herald)

“It is the best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener."

About the Author

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than thirty titles in publication, including Seeing Flowers (Timber Press, 2014),  How to Eradicate Invasive Plants (Timber Press, 2013) and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers (Timber Press, 2012). She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, Chace has gardened in a variety of climate zones and soil types, from inner city Portland, Oregon, to coastal Massachusetts. She now lives in a small upstate New York village with snowy winters and glorious summers. To learn more about her work, visit terichacewriter.com.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on May 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are planting your first garden or perhaps have just had your first garden disaster, this is the book to find out where things went wrong. As much as I would like to stick a few plants in the ground, scatter some seeds, and come back to a bountiful garden, it doesn't work that way. There are planting times, weeds, pests, and a variety of problems that can occur.

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers is written question and answer style with topics covering most of the important aspects of good garden care. The book covers proper planting times and depths, soil, weed control, fertilizer, pests, different plant types, and much more.

Most topics contain information on what can go wrong, the right way to do it, and if it can be fixed if a mistake is made. This book is more for beginners because there is just basic information on each subject, but it is certainly enough to get started and a great quick reference guide if you are not sure about something that has gone wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a book that would help most gardeners, especially a beginning gardener. There is information, mainly about plants, bushes, flowers and trees, there is a bit about vegetables. General information is given concerning growing vegetables, specifically on lettuce and tomatoes.

Chapters include material on; bulbs, chemicals, composting, containers, design, fertilizing, fruit trees, garden conditions, health and safety, herbs, lawns, maintenance and clean up, perennials, pests, pruning, roses, shrubs, soil, tools, trees, vegetables, vines, watering, and weeds.
Each chapter gives general facts, the right and wrong way and if you goofed, can it be fixed.

There are no colour illustrations or plant identification, but that is not really what the book is for. There is good overall gardening knowledge in here, including the pitfall of using string trimmers.
The book is definitely not all inclusive. You cannot find out for many varieties- why they might not be flowering. There is not too much specific information on individual varieties. But if what you are looking for is some good all-purpose garden information this will help you and is a good beginning book to help start one on their garden path.
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As an experienced gardener I know good advice when I see it. Teri Chase delivers advice you can trust. As an organic gardener I appreciate that the book cautions readers to diagnose a problem before running off the nearest hardware store to demand the first chemical solution that appears.
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The information is helpful but te categories are not defined in laymens terms. Graphics would help the guide explain the processes discussed.
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More About the Author

A writer and an editor with a broad range of interests, Teri has a taste for exploration and a talent for bringing back stories and information that resonate with insight and wonder--whether she's examining flowers, pie, or small-town life. She has over 30 books in publication, including two that were named to amazon.com's "Best Books of 2013." She's available for presentations based on her books.

She has also worked in the direct-marketing field, writing catalog, web, and advertising copy; she once won the industry's highest award for her vivid copywriting. She has written, edited, and blogged for the nation's leading roadside-travel 'zine and website, Roadside (and RoadsideOnline.com). The most intriguing job she's ever held? Monitoring rare turtles for The Nature Conservancy. Or...raising teenage boys.

Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, she now resides in a small upstate New York village with glorious summers and snowy winters.

For more, please visit her website at terichacewriter dot com

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