When Good Gardens Go Bad: Earth-Friendly Solutions to Common Garden Problems


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When Good Gardens Go Bad: Earth-Friendly Solutions to Common Garden Problems Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Texas A & M University Press Pages: 128 Illustrations and other contents: 60 colour photographs; 60 colour photographs Language: English ISBN: 9781623496210 Categories: , ,

Gardens do not take care of themselves. Poor soil, pests, disease, fungus, and inclement weather can ruin plants and a gardener’s zeal. In When Good Gardens Go Bad, veteran author and pioneer organic gardener Judy Barrett offers safe, practical, and inexpensive advice for handling common garden problems and challenges. Plants thrive and fail for many reasons, but if you improve the soil, choose the right plants, plant them at the right time, and encourage them along the way, you will have far fewer failures and be able to take the credit when they flourish. Dispelling the belief that gardens should be perfectly controlled environments, Barrett encourages gardeners to embrace the imperfections. If you are frustrated because nothing seems to grow in your backyard or you can’t keep pests or plant disease away, this book offers organic solutions while banishing stress. Barrett encourages readers to learn more about their soil through observation and talking with neighbors and local experts in order to make smarter choices for their yards. Insects are another common frustration for gardeners. Here, Barrett differentiates the beneficial insects from the problem pests, and she offers homemade and store-bought solutions for keeping harmful pests away. She also provides frustrated gardeners straightforward advice for tackling other common hurdles such as weeds and composting. Barrett’s gardening philosophy is that the best gardeners are those who enjoy the process and can live with some dead plants, failed visions, and annoying bugs. A garden doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should be fun!

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Author Biography

Judy Barrett is the author of several books, including Easy Edibles: How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food, Recipes From and For the Garden: How to Use and Enjoy Your Bountiful Harvest, What Can I Do with My Herbs? How to Grow, Use, and Enjoy These Versatile Plants, and Yes, You Can Grow Roses. She is a pioneer of organic gardening in Texas and is present online at Judy Barrett's Homegrown on Facebook. She lives in Taylor, Texas.