Dr. Linda Chalker: Scott is an Associate Professor of Vegetation at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Development. She compiled scientifically based information in the book The Informative Gardener.
The book includes studies and resources to verify the information as true or false. I found this book interesting because it is one of the requirements for us as a master gardener. We need to learn science-based garden information and then share it with gardeners and anyone interested in the environment.
It reminds us that gardeners and landscaping professionals need to be more motivated and committed to promoting a sustainable environment than to achieve rapid results in agriculture.
Here are some of the truths and myths mentioned in the Chalker-Scott book.
Myth – If it is published, it must be true
How much of our gardening information do we get from advertisements for the production or promotion of often unconfirmed techniques?
It’s not just about being in print or on television or social media. Or they may not know what their subject is just because an article or a book was written by a PhD writer.
When considering research, a follow-up experiment was conducted with similar results and who funded the research.
Information published by an educational institution is usually accurate.
Is the author trying to sell you something?
The company that sells the product often searches for a specific purpose to achieve a specific result.
Myth: Childcare brochures and staff guides are always the best source of information
The orphanage has limited time to educate the staff and has received adequate training in educating the public on gardening.
This will change as further research is completed, and the horticultural and product information needs to be reviewed more frequently.
The information provided may not be relevant to the condition of your garden, such as soil type, drainage, sun exposure, zone, etc.
Retail establishment is often a priority of “selling” rather than “teaching”.
Myth: Organic products are safer than chemicals
Products from biological sources may not pose a threat to humans or be considered ecologically unsafe or even dangerous. (Examples – marijuana, heroin, resin and organic cigarettes are just a few)
Fact: Everything on earth, natural or otherwise, is made up of chemicals
The terms “chemical free” and “organic” are oximoron in chemistry or organic farming.
According to the EPA, homeowners use about 10 times more chemicals than farmers.
Is a substance not necessarily a natural or artificial substance but are its properties safe for the environment and consumption?
Excessive use of any substance can cause problems. (For example, your medicine ብቻ is not much better just because it is a little better for you.
Read the label. Read the label. Then follow the tag.
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Forming a new class; The new Sandusky / Ottawa County Master Gardener is scheduled for September 1-October. 27. The group will meet at 9-3 pm and at various locations. Call the Sandusky County Extension office at 419-334-6340 for more information.
Sandski / Ottawa County Master Gardener Volunteer Training Cost Your registration and payment is $ 100 if you receive $ 150 today and after. Registration deadline is August 25. $ 50 will be refunded upon completion of the training and after the first full year of active membership.
Call the Sansuski County Extension Office at 419-334-6340 for more information.
Presented by Elaine Milanland, a member of Sandsky-Ottawa County Master Gardeners.