The Ever-Curious Gardener

Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden

The Ever Curious Gardener is an irreverent romp through the natural science of plants. Ideal for gardeners moving beyond back-of-the-seed-pack planting, it digs into the science “behind the scenes” in the garden. Acclaimed gardener, scientist, and author Lee Reich offers insights and practical guidance on growing a much better garden.

By: Lee Reich

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An irreverent romp through the natural science of gardening, with eye-opening insight and practical guidance for getting the most out of your plants.

Curious why caressing your cucumber plants will help them bear more fruit? Or why you should grow oranges from seed even if the fruit is inedible? Or why trees need to sleep and how to help them? Join acclaimed gardener, scientist, and author Lee Reich on a journey through the delights of your garden in this laugh-out-loud treatise on the scientific wonders of plants and soil.

The Ever Curious Gardener includes information on:

  • How to maximize both flavor and nutrition in your garden bounty
  • Helping plants thrive during drought
  • Outwitting weeds by understanding their nature
  • Making the best use of compost
  • Tips on pruning and orchard care
  • Why the dead language of Latin can make you a better gardener.

About The Author(s)

Lee Reich, PhD, dove into gardening decades ago, initially with one foot in academia as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and then Cornell University, and one foot in the field, the organic field. He eventually expanded his field to a “farmden” (more than a garden, less than a farm) and left academia to lecture, consult, and write. He is author of many books, including The Ever Curious GardenerWeedless GardeningThe Pruning Book, and Landscaping with Fruit, as well as a syndicated column for Associated Press. Lee has a PhD in Horticulture from the University of Maryland, and an MS in Soil Science and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He blogs at from his farmden in New Paltz, NY.

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865718821

Page Count: 224

Dimensions: 6 × 9 × 0.48 in

Publication Date: April 03, 2018

Images: Black & White Images

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