Gardening Myths and Misconceptions (Wise Words)

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A look behind the apparent complexities of gardening advice, to find easier and more productive ways of gardening; growing vegetables in particular. Understanding that can save time, money and unnecessary effort. Some mythical beliefs run deep into the collective unconscious and once ingrained as certain facts in the public domain, they are difficult to question, even when they contain contradictions or are demonstrably untrue. There are many such beliefs in gardening, some with discernible origins in history, some which have established for no obvious reason. This book is asking questions, because mythical beliefs hide methods of easier working, for better results.

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These days, garden writing based on a solid career s worth of practical experience is rare indeed. Therein lies the value of this thought-provoking little book. --Rory Dusoir Gardens Illustrated

There s enough detail here to make a real difference to your garden, but it s cleverly broken down into bite-sized chunks with illustrations, so it never feels hard-going. --The English Garden

It has been proven untrue that watering in sunlight damages leaves. It is also untrue that rhubarb leaves and citrus peel cannot be composted, the latter may just take a while to decay. All this and much more makes for an entertaining and instructive read. --Mary Davies The Irish Garden

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Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized organic gardening expert. He talks on radio and television and contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners World, Gardens llustrated and Grow It! He gives regular talks, runs courses and advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust in the UK. He is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for many years. In his gardens over the years he has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He has discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields, more weeds and slugs found on the dug beds. He is currently establishing a new garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. He says 'I have always been interested in lookiing 'behind the scenes' and asking why things are as they are, questioning practices that are taken for granted. This led me to grow organically, at a time when the chemical approach was rarely challenged.' His books for Green Books are: Organic Gardening: the natural, no-dig way Salad Leaves for All Seasons How to Grow Winter Vegetables

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