Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener (Paperback)

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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 c...

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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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ISBN 9780761126324
Genre GARDENING / Reference
Format Paperback
Pages 224
Publisher Date 2002-01-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Workman Pub Co
Copyright Year 2003
Height 7.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.95 lb
Language English
Subtitle Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener
Audience General/trade
Authors Lovejoy, Sharon

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  • love the title

    loved the book. Gave it to my gardening friends who enjoyed it also. Lots of homespun information.

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  • Wonderful Gift for the Gardener

    I love this book. It is full of short tips and ideas of how to use ordinary things in the garden. You don't have to run out and buy expensive and poisonius slug bait- just put out a saucer of beer (really works, I use this all the time now). I enjoy my copy so much that instead of lending it out I give them as gifts.

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  • Tons of Great Info

    Cute illustrations, quotes, tips & tricks and tons of new info supported by real world knowledge and university studies. Lots of quick tips and clever ideas . . . not a lot of yakking.

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  • fun and helpful

    I bought this book for my mom who is an avid gardener and she loves it. She says that the information is very helpful and easy to follow with lots of good gardening tips.

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