In Part 2 of this popular discussion, horticultural myth buster, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott presents more research-based, eye-opening insights in this fun and insightful dialogue. Drawing from her award winning book; The Informed Gardener and its sequal, The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, Dr. Chalker-Scott sheds light on some of the less than sound practices many of us have thought to be true for decades. Is adding filler to a container planting really a good idea to improve drainage? If you answered “yes”, this podcast is for you! Or, Is using fresh mulch really detrimental around plants due to nitrogen depletion? Do you really need to take time to sterilize pruning blades between cuts and if so, is bleech really the best way to do so? All this and more awaits you in this enlightening two-part podcast.
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Linda has lectured extensively to a variety of audiences on diverse topics, all pertaining to sustainable landscaping and always based on current and relevant plant science. In 2009, she and three other academic colleagues launched The Garden Professors blog, through which they educate and entertain an international audience. Over the past 11 years, Dr. Chalker-Scott has expanded her academic writing to popular audiences, including articles for Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and MasterGardener Magazine. In 2010, she was named a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine.
Her first book, The Informed Gardener (2008, University of Washington Press), is an award-winning examination of some common horticultural myths. The sequel – The Informed Gardener Blooms Again – was released by UW Press in 2010 and continues horticultural myth-busting. Learn more on the website here. She also recently published Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science – practical application (2009, GFG Publishing, Inc.), a 22-chapter book which she edited and jointly authored with 20 colleagues. More nformation on the Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens book can be found here.
This podcast episode was made possible thanks to the support of the Mulch & Soil Council. If you want to know that the bagged mulch or soil that you’re buying is free of unacceptable contaminants, such as arsenic from pressure treated wood, make sure that it has the certification seal on the bag. Learn more at their website; mulchandsoilcouncil.org.
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