UPDATE: 27 JANUARY 2009 ~ DON’T BUY THIS BOOK NEW! JUST FIND A USED COPY…not worth the money.
Well ~ Jerry’s book came in the mail the other day and I’ve been flipping through it off and on.
Terrific Garden Tonics! It states 345 Do-It-Yourself, Fix ‘Em Formulas for Maintaining a Lush Lawn and Gorgeous Garden.
What I’ve discovered is that the book probably could have been half it’s size as most of the lawn/shurb/flower tonics are basically the same thing ~ ie: it would have been easier to give the tonic recipe and then a list of things you can use it for. I’ve already started a list of what one recipe can be used for and when.
I LOVE the Making Cents, Great Idea!, Ask Jerry, Terrific Time Savers, Grandma Putt’s Pointers, and little tidbits that he puts at the bottom of each page.
Like, did you know that:
Nighttime’s the Right Time? Plan to harvest your leafy vegetables by the light of the moon, or at least in the early evening-and not during the day. That’s because during the day, the sun burns up a lot of the vitamins and minerals stored in the plant leaves. But as soon as ol’ Sol starts to set, the plants begin to replenish and fortify themselves. So, if you wait until evening, you’ll be picking your vegetables when their vitamin content is at its peak.
Terrific Garden Tonics! Page 248
Sparrows and other birds will help you out by pecking up pesky caterpillars. So I like to push 4-foot-long branches into the soil in my cabbage patch to give birds a place to perch. I figure if the birds pause there for a second, they might spy a cabbageworm or two that will make a tasty snack.
Terrific Garden Tonics! Page 254
Grandma Putt’s Pointers ~ Want to get twice the flower power from your rosebush? Then try this trick I learned from Grandma Putt: Plant a clematis next to it! The clematis will climb up and over the rose, so it’ll look like the rose has two different kinds of flowers. You can pair a clematis and rose that bloom at the same time for one spectacular show, or choose ones that flower at different times for extended blooming.
Terrific Garden Tonics! Page 173
Always plant basil, bee balm, and borage near your tomatoes. These aromatic herbs are the best neighbors your tomatoes will every have, and they’ll boost your plants to new heights!
Here are some Recycling & Repurposing Ideas ~
The Ladder to Success ~ Believe it or not, an old wooden ladder makes a great quick-and-easy herb garden. Simply lay the ladder down on a flat area, fill in between the rungs with soil, and plant a different herb in each section.
Make a Melon Cradle ~ One of my favorite tricks for recycling plastic milk jugs is using them in the melon patch to prevent the fruit from rotting. Simply cut a jug in half lengthwise, lay one half on the ground, and set the ripening melon inside. Not only will this plastic perch prevent rot, but it will also discourage critters form nibbling on your melons!
There are quite a lot of tonics in this book but I have yet tried any of them, so I can not attest to any of them working or not. I do plan on making a few, especially now that the garden has been planted. I also plan on following many of the pointers at the bottom of each page. But all in all, I’m not sure if the book is worth over $30…
If any of you out there have tried any of his tonics and you have a favorite, let me know!