Hi. With the garden winding down and requiring less of my time, this is the perfect time of year to catch up on my reading. And today I thought I’d do something a little different and let you know about a book I recently finished reading. One of my goals as a gardener is to do my best to figure out which gardening products and practices really work, and which ones don’t. This interest led me to Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard’s book “Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations”. As the title suggests, the authors put together a list of what they believe to be the 100 most commonly made gardening recommendations. Drawing on the latest scientific research, as well as Gillman’s expertise as a horticulturist, and Maynard’s as a master gardener, the authors categorized each recommendation as either “Good Advice”, “Advice That’s Debatable”, or “Advice That’s Just Wrong”. Even if you’re new to gardening, you’re probably familiar with many of the recommendations covered in the book, and you may be surprised by how many of them end up in the “Debatable” or “Just Wrong” Categories. For example, from the following list of 10 recommendations, 4 are considered to be good correct, 3 debatable, and 3 wrong. 1) Create an environment favorable to earthworms 2) Use mycorrhizae to promote healthy plant growth 3) Use pine needles to make soil acidic 4) Use vermicompost to improve garden soil 5) Avoid watering overhead to control plant diseases 6) Apply compost tea to help enrich soil 7) Add lime to soil to raise pH 8) Always mulch gardens 9) Add sand to clay soil to improve drainage 10) Water deeply and infrequently to encourage a strong root system If you’d like to venture a guess at how the authors categorized these recommendations or share how you’d categorize them, please do so in a comment below. Given that they only consider 4 of the recommendations to be good advice, don’t be surprised if the book challenges some of your views. . It certainly challenged many of mine, but I think this is a good thing. Only if I’m open to having my views challenged and questioned will I be able to learn and grow. In the near future, I hope to do a series of videos exploring gardening products and practices from an evidence based perspective much like the video Stephen Legaree and I made recently on pine needles. Many of the topics will be inspired by this book and others by my own curiosity. So, I definitely recommend “Decoding Gardening Advice”. If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind common gardening recommendations, this book is a great place to start. My hope is that by continuing to use effective products and practices and avoiding ineffective ones, I’ll save money and time while still getting great results. Well, that’s all for now. Thank you very much for watching, and until next time remember you can change the world one yard at a time.