The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers

By Teri Dunn Chace

The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it's too late and they've already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.

The book's 24 chapters tackle every kind of gardening disaster, whether it has to do with plants, tools and techniques, or general care and maintenance. Gardeners looking to prune their roses will learn to hold off until late winter to avoid damaging plant tissue. Gardeners that have allowed their mint to overgrow? Dunn advises pulling it out and replanting it in a container to control the root.

Organized by common garden topics and designed to be easily dipped in and out of, The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers offers nuggets of wisdom based on Teri Dunn Chace's years of hands-on gardening experience. Advice is humorously supported by Colleen Coover's delightful illustrations. This accessible guide will transform an anxious gardener into an informed, confident, successful gardener with a mistake-free garden

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“Less experienced gardeners will most appreciate this book of answers, but everybody makes mistakes.” —Publishers Weekly

“Combining common sense with practical experience, Chace’s answers will have gardeners questioning how they can ever go wrong again.” —Booklist

“The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.” —Portland Press Herald

“A good book for beginning gardeners because much of the material covered is basic, but even experienced gardeners could learn a few tricks.” —Country Gardens

“If you are planting your first garden or perhaps have just had your first garden disaster, this is the book to find out where things went wrong.” —Book Visions

“Chace offers the right way to do the job, tells readers how to fix their mistakes, and sometimes counsels them to accept defeat.” —Akron Beacon Journal

“A sensible approach that won’t intimidate.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Good choice for beginning and/or gardeners with short attention spans. . . . It’s easy to read and covers lots of ground quickly.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News

“It is the best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.” —Portland Press Herald

“You’ll find sympathy and practical fixes here.” —

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April 03, 2012