An Anxious Gardener's Book of Answersok of Answers by Teri Dunn Chace

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  • Why didn’t my peonies flower?
  • When should I fertilize my vegetable garden?
  • Why don’t I have any apples on my tree?
  • When should I hire an arborist?
  • How do I stop the slugs from eating my hostas?

This slim, attractive book 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 tackles 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? Chace advises pulling it out and replanting it in a container to control the roots.

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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The best book I have seen this year for the beginning gardener.” The Patriot-News


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


“Anyone that has made a gardening goof, or had gardening questions, but felt intimidated by the sheer volume of information available online or at the library can get something significant from this book.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“A sensible approach that won’t intimidate.” Sharon the Librarian

“The language is straight forward and perfect for amateur and beginning gardeners, while there are great reminders for more experienced gardeners since there is always room to learn from your mistakes.” Country Gardens


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

(c) Colleen Coover
(c) Colleen Coover

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


“We love “I Goofed, Can I Fix It?” sections which provide tips on mistakes such as overzealous pruning and choosing the wrong plant for a space.” Publishers Weekly


“As all gardeners know, mistakes go with the gardening turf. From the too-big plant in the front of the border to the badly pruned shrub, making ugly and visible errors is the tuition gardeners pay. Garden writer Chace offers help in this well-organized compendium of common mistakes that can be avoided or, if not, fixed. In separate chapters, Chace covers everything from bulbs (how deep to plant? which end is up?) to weeds (how did they get into a new planting bed?). She first explains correct techniques and then offers fixes if the gardener has goofed, an especially helpful feature. (Some things can’t be fixed, so, for example, never top a tree.) Illustrations by Colleen Coover help the anxious gardener lighten up. Less experienced gardeners will most appreciate this book of answers, but everybody makes mistakes. Dirt du Jour


“Chace is that deep breath you need when panic strikes in the petunia patch.” BookVisions


“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.” VIV Magazine


“Contains great gardening advice to help you solve virtually any gardening challenge.” Akron Beacon Journal

(c) Colleen Coover
(c) Colleen Coover


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


“Makes easy practical sense out of mysteries of gardening and helps to troubleshoot and prevent problems from even occurring in the first place.” Portland Press Herald


“Good choice for: beginning and/or gardeners with short attention spans…it’s easy to read and covers lots of ground quickly.” Maine Sunday Telegram