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The Informed Gardener Paperback – February 20, 2008
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"This groundbreaking book belongs in every gardener's library. Rather than pushing one viewpoint over another, the author brings a voice of reason to gardening without the usual hype."―BellaOnline
"Chalker-Scott is a one-woman Consumer Reports on gardening practices. Her book takes a look at what we think we know and what we've heard to be true, then holds it up against what research shows."―The Patriot News
"A succinct and easy-to-navigate resource . . . . Chalker-Scott's instructions are clear enough for even a first-time gardener to follow."―The Bloomsbury Review
"This enjoyable book should find its way into the hands of almost every gardener. . . . Highly recommended for public libraries with gardeners ready to tackle the literature, as well as academic and special libraries with interests in horticulture and gardening."―Library Journal
"Chalker-Scott's approach is unique in that she speaks about gardening as a genuine expert―- with academic credentials―- who debunks numerous myths. . . . in a manner that is easy for us laypeople to understand and absorb. . . Her conclusions are good advice for all of us to follow."―Washington State Grange News
"In her first book she takes on common garden myths about fertilizer, mulch, transplanting, staking, compost tea, watering and many more potentially confusing topics. She skillfully debunks them with current research as well as her experience in extension horticulture."―Seattle Times
"The Informed Gardener is a thorough, well-written guide and is highly recommended to any gardening enthusiast."―Midwest Book Review
"An informative, helpful guide to sustainable landscaping, with valuable emphasis on cutting through many of the myths and misunderstandings that now surround this increasingly hot topic."―Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[Linda Chalker-Scott's] book does great service in helping the urban gardener move past common practices that hinder instead of help, looking to nature itself as the ultimate teacher of truths."―Cascadia Weekly
"Linda Chalker-Scott is gardening's version of television's 'MythBusters.' Ok, so she isn't so keen on blowing things up, but she does use scientific research to explain why many traditional horticultural practices aren't suitable for urban landscapes."―Tacoma News
"This enjoyable book should find its way into the hands of almost every gardener. . . . Highly recommended for public libraries with gardeners ready to tackle the literature, as well as academic and special libraries with interests in horticulture and gardening."
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One such myth that Linda debunks is putting gravel in the bottom of container for plant drainage. She explains why you should no longer do this and how water will not move easily from the fine soil to the coarse gravel below. Both of these books are full of great detailed information on why these myths, even though they might sound good, do not really work. A great guide for all gardeners to have on hand!
I found out that much of what I thought was true about planting either in the ground or in pots was just wrong.