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Myths abound in the world of horticulture. Some are based in fact, but have become exaggerated over the years; others had their genesis in the farmer's field with little application to the home landscape; still others have been promulgated by the industry to sell products or services that will "guarantee" a successful garden. Linda Chalker-Scott has developed a missionary's zeal in her search to bust these myths in the interest of sound, sustainable gardening practices.

An extension urban horticulturist and associate professor at Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Chalker-Scott has had the opportunity to study both the technical literature and the practice of horticulture. In a series of short articles in these two books, she lays out the myths, analyzes them, and presents her conclusions in a concise and readable fashion, with a summary "bottom line" for those who don't wish to read the full story.

Myths concerning soils and fertilizers receive a good deal of treatment here. The most sustainable solution is to eschew amendments when planting (native soils are usually best for landscape plants), avoid excessive use of organic materials (excep...

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