Garden Myths: The Good, The Bad, and The Unbelievable by Robert Kourik is now available to purchase as a pdf download.
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Old-fashioned fighting swords cut in both directions. The irony is you didn’t know when the other side was coming. All gardening techniques and assumptions have a double edge. One we expect and the other side comes as a surprise. Sort of like two sides to a coin. One side remains hidden until revealed. In reality, positive approaches to gardening can have hidden detrimental consequences. Likewise, so-called harmful garden concepts often have a germ of the positive.
The trick to a lifetime of good effective gardening is to stay flexible, and to be willing to change with the feedback of unprejudiced observation and the guidance of modern research. Like a poorly-staked tree, if you don’t stay limber and flex with the winds of change, you’ll soon stiffen
into a person whose outlook is determined more by constraints than by growth. Check those assumptions, and watch out for unquestioning routine and unchanging predictability. And remember, if you don’t keep
growing, you really won’t be growing.
This book will shed light on those myths and assumptions and get you thinking about new approaches to gardening.
Has anyone read this who can review it? I'm wondering if the myths are things normal gardeners would believe or things that a Permie type would. Examples being things along the lines of (and I'm making these myths up) "Delphiniums will not bloom unless you use Miracle Grow" vs "Delphiniums won't bloom if there's onions planted nearby." I am not interested in reading it if it's things normal gardeners believe, I'm not in that category, I AM interested if it's Permie type myths that I may be misinformed on...
Curious for a review!
Go to gardenmyths.com and you will get a good sampling.
I think he is refreshing in his thoughts but many will be contrary to permies. Not in the way you think though. He keeps it simple. An example might be microbes in the soil. You dont need to compost tea, inoculate, etc. Not because microbes aren't needed, but because they are already in your soil. A heavy feeding, causing a population explosion will soon cause a population die off as the food runs out. I may not be reflecting his view 100% and am omitting a lot of info. Just trying to give one example. The subject is interesting.
He would just as well dig his kitchen scraps straight into the garden then build a compost pile.
He gives reasons why and always cites research studies on any topics he covers. Most of the reasons is it is simply not needed.
I give this book 8.5 out of 10 acorns. It's not so much a book about myths, as it is a book about interesting gardening facts, like walnuts being used as a filler in ammunition, aphids actually increasing seed production in wheat, Colloidal Phosphate being a non-renewable resource; and bracken ferns having lots of potassium and being great to add to potato beds.
Each page starts out with a little snippet of information about the plant/gardening amendment/etc, and then the interesting fact about it, with sources. Sometimes the writing is a little clunky, and I sometimes wish there was more info provided. But, I appreciate the facts, and learned some neat tips, and was grateful for the research put into it.
This would also make a great "bathroom reader." You can read a page or two and learn some interesting facts while you do your buisness. Of course, now that most people have smart phones, there's probably not much demand for bathroom readers...
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this and learned quite a bit!