Garden season is upon us (almost) and to get myself going I read “The Truth about Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why” by Jeff Gillman. I have to admit that this book might actually have been written for me. It takes all the old wives tales and “garden guru” remedies and actually explains the science behind why they may or may not work.
The book is broken down into sections and covers homemade fertilizers & nutrient remedies, herbicides, pesticides and “gimmicks.” Gillman explains the theory behind why each remedy is thought to work, then goes into the science behind what actually happens.
A few highlights:
- Coffee grounds should be composted, not sprinkled on your plants.
- Beer actually does attract slugs.
- Plants are susceptible to sound.
- Compost is really one of the best soil amendments.
- Mulching is the best natural weed preventative.
- Soapy water intended to deter pests can actually cause leaf deterioration.
- Crushed egg shells are not much of a slug deterrent, but diatomaceous earth is.
- Adding gravel to the bottom of a planter actually worsens the drainage.
But… I didn’t tell you why. You’ll just have to read the book to find out!