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
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!
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
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
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:
One thought on “The Informed Gardener by Linda Chalker-Scott”
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).