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Reviews of Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener

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Author (1): Sharon Lovejoy

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: January 2003
Published by: Workman Publishing Company
List price: $13.95
ISBN Number: 0761126325



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
Ever since she was old enough to help her grandmother in the garden, Sharon Lovejoy has spent her life working with plants-and along the way, through "trowel and error," she's accumulated hundreds and hundreds of remedies, tips, short-cuts, and cure-alls. Now Ms. Lovejoy-author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots and the award-winning Sunflower Houses-does for the garden what Heloise or the Queen of Clean does for the household. TROWEL AND ERROR collects all of her homespun garden advice into an inviting, environmentally friendly, whimsically illustrated yet dead-on helpful book that will benefit every gardener, beginner or experienced.

Cure plant viruses with spoiled milk. Steep a natural and effective insecticide out of fresh basil. Place flat stones under squash or melons to hasten ripening. Recycle an old apple corer as the perfect dibber for muscari and other small bulbs. Start rosemary cuttings in a green glass bottle. Sprinkle baby powder over seedlings to discourage rabbits. Crush a garlic clove and apply it to your skin as an insect repellent. From urging the reader to take an occasional shower with the houseplants to giving all-natural gardenside first aid, TROWEL AND ERROR is a direct line to the kind of practical wisdom that comes only after a lifetime of experience. The book is indexed by problem, plant, pest, and solution, and includes a list of tools and common household items-borax, cornmeal, vinegar-that completes the gardener's arsenal.

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Positive sedum37 On Aug 7, 2007, sedum37 wrote:

This is a great little book that you can pick up and read some sections when you have time. The book has many organic potions for dealing with pests and for fertilizing. Fun to read.

Positive carolyn_haack On Apr 23, 2006, carolyn_haack wrote:

I bought this book a few years back and was delighted at the quantity and accessibility of the home remedies.

I have since given it to several friends and family members, all of whom have enjoyed it greatly.

Positive langbr On Mar 7, 2004, langbr wrote:

Excellent practical knowledge on remedies for common garden problems, pests, diseases and general good-practices for every gardener. Tons of home remedies and recipes. Great book!

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