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Practical Science for Gardeners

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Informative and entertaining, this book will stimulate experimentation and encourage gardeners to review and improve their current gardening practices. Once gardeners learn how plants are constructed, it is easier to envision how they'll grow and flourish. An understanding of the structure behind good, healthy soil gives clues as to how to improve one's own garden tilth. ...more
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Published July 25th 2005 by Timber Press
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Tessa
Jan 11, 2009 Tessa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginning gardeners
Recommended to Tessa by: Amazon
Shelves: science, botany
This was a nice refresher course (at least for anyone who buried their early plant biology studies into the back of their memory closet) of the basic plant system and makeup with a tone that is devised specifically for the typical garden enthusiast.

What Mary Pratt set out to do with this (her unfortunately final publication) was to show the hobbyist the practical application of scientific knowledge in the garden beds. I think she delivers this knowledge marvelously, and not just because i pictur
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Kate
Jun 03, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
Mary Pratt delivers the perfect antidote for those of us permanently afflicted with garden-fever, and solves many of the perennial "whys" and "hows" that plague us. Each chapter concludes with a list of suggestions of ways to make simple garden science work in our favor. And when giving advice on plant propagation, it doesn't get more down-to-earth than this:

"Maybe one day genetically-engineered people will grow genetically-modified plants in artistically-designed trays containing scientifically
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Meghan Fidler
Jan 30, 2014 Meghan Fidler rated it liked it
Shelves: future-farmhouse
If one ignores all of the author's patronizing ("now don't be scared, here comes some terms from chemistry!" "Don't freak out, it's just biology!"), this was a very nice review of a college biology 101 and chemistry 101 class. The diagrams looked a bit like they were drawn on a napkin at the bar, but the information is useful.
It was difficult to write these honest comments, for the author wrote this book on her deathbed and her husband finished the manuscript after her passing. Perhaps if she
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Katie
May 10, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
This was a nice review of a lot of basic biology concepts I had forgotten from grade school and high school science class. It was nice to learn about soil science, plant structure, and environmental issues as they specifically pertain to the garden. It was written simply enough that the scientific concepts weren't overwhelming, but I still feel like I learned a lot.
Ideath
Mar 25, 2010 Ideath rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginner gardeners, overly credulous people
Recommended to Ideath by: the word "science"
Shelves: gardening, science, plants
There wasn't all that much new that i learned from reading the book, but i appreciated the scope and simplicity of the book, and her approach of commensensical, evidence-based skepticism and wonder.
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