The Informed Gardener by Linda Chalker-Scott

May (book 1):

The author discusses using roundup!!! ehhhhhh!
Talked about the myth of tree topping…being like a hair cut.
Buzz cut trees

it’s good for willows but necessary for safety and services.
this is to remove height of trees

causes multiple new sprouts article posted in 2003

How big is big?

It could be a nuisance! get a reference

Water myth: watering of watering on a hot weather day
water when it’s needed. Water at night could cause fungi.

wet foliage is not susceptible to sunburn
article posted in 2002

How/what/When/Where to Plant

how hard is it to stick a plant in the ground?

takes time to properly plant an item.
Try bear rooting a container plant before planting
will make a healthier plant

article posted August 2001

native plants can not survive some urban areas
site consideration is always important for plant selectiom
protect with mulch

article posted September 2001

Going Native? or Not?

they (plants) did not evolve in cities!
maybe use non native plants for your landscape

remove invasive plants from your landscape
posted May 2002

Myth: IUs the quality of a plant directly proportional to its price?
Bottom line: Look out for root flaws, beware of container and burlapped materials.
posted May 2001

Choosing the best plants at the nursery:
-height appropriate to opt size
-look for a central leader
-look for side branches removed
-look out for suckers
-look out for root crown
-roots on surface

don’t put course material for drainage. So the coarser the material, it harder for the container to drain.

drainage material will only hinder the water movement

posted November 2000

Myth: collapsing root balls (burlap) must be left intact during transplanting

it doesn’t hurt the root ball if its broken down

exposed root means extra care

root pruning stimulate growth
root ball could lead to disease
(this is for a root from a tree)

posted January 2003

Myth: tree should be stacked firmly and securely

trees grow taller, not wider

because of container
people don’t know stuff needs to be removed (stakes)
don’t stake to high, tight, too long

posted March 2001

Myth: use organic matter

roots will turn back to the good organic soil, like in a container.
organic matter decomposes.

amended planting hole hut water drainage.

posted August 2000

Myth: If you have a clay soil, add sand to improve its texture.

debunk: it’s all about partial size
best mix is 50-50
50 clay
50 Sand
till to 18-24″ depth

use organic mulch

posted November 2000

Myth: Healthy soil has high organic content

% break down of compost P. 109

posted March 2003

Myth: Of Phosphate Fertilizer

It should stimulate root growth

creates environmental dormancy
there is no shoot growth when phosphate is applied

will find its way to water ways

posted in September 2000

Myth: Roses need phosphate fertilizer for roots and flower o grow.

avoid phosphate on veggies and roses

no scientific evidence that phosphate is needed.

excess phosphate is bad for the soil

Posted March 2002

Myth: add a handful of bonemeal to planting holes

Bonemeal is calcium and phosphate.

excess will increase root growth, but not any other plant needs

it’s only a mineral
posted May 2004

Myth: polyacrylamide hydrogels are environmentally safe

water issues….hydrogels swell like sponges. People ad them to their landscape.

it’s not a premiant fix. It lasts about 5 years.

can cause cancer in the decomposition.

using this is bad for the soil and to the gardener.

Posted Lune 2001

myth: hydrogels are safe that reduce irrigation needs

hydrogels create larger soil aggregates that reduce erosin. It has a small amount of acrylamide. They do not work well in clay soil

could be ineffective in some cases (page 133).

can cause lung injury if inhaled

posted March 2004

myth: Glyphosate will move through root grafts and kill nontarget plants

glyphosate moves causing root grafting, translocate to the root.

do herbicides move through underground networks.
It all has to do with Pathogens!

page 140

posted November 2002


myth: Aerobically brewed compost tea suppresses disease

they are environmentally friendly (more) than chemical

compost with bark was good

could lead to water pollution
test shows no major results of compost tea

posted August 2003

Myth: fertilizer injection is the most effective way to correct tree nutrient deficiencies.

yellowness of the leaves is an indication for fertilizer

what happens long term?
trees with trunk injection has caused trunk pests

soil injection
yellowness shows tree stress

do a soil analysis (weed management)

posted December 2993

The myth: Vitamin B1 reduces transplant shock by stimulating new root growth

will benefit bare-root roses with vitamin B1
this myth refuses to die!

Could use indole butyric acid
Naphthylancetic acid
Don’t use fungicides
Use Nitrogen supplements avoid phosphate
Vitamin B1 or use water

posted April 2004

Myth: Applying wound dressing after pruning to insure against fungal or insect invasion.

from the internet:

long listing of claims

a dressing is a petroleum-base product

trees do not heal! bark does not regenerate itself

should prune when the tree is dormmate
look at page 201

sterilize pruning tools
posted October 2000

Essential Garden tools and product:

non-phosphate fertilizer

One thought on “The Informed Gardener by Linda Chalker-Scott

  1. Here it is the 28th of April, yesterday afternoon some rhubarb was picked…and pie was made. It was really good. Now, I plan on bringing some rhubarb muffins (source: from garden) to our next monthly meeting (May).


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