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Robert has just won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Science with his book, Plant Science for Gardeners.

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  1. God evening. I have suckers coming from my cherry tree. I Have watched your video around using roundup and painting the stub after pruning. Will this not kill my cherry tree (the mother of the suckers) also? The suckers are with 3-8 feet from my tree. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

    • I would not use Roundup to treat suckers at the base of a tree. But the ones I treated in the video were 5 or more feet from the trees and did not harm them. You are not applying enough chemical to affect a big tree.

  2. Hello, Wondering if you are aware that UK Landscape Architect Bunny Guinness (and friend to King Charles) highlights your book “Soil Science” in her latest video on YouTube in which she discusses soil amendments – the good and the bad. High praise indeed.

  3. Did you really really mean “Dozens of people castrated me…” it did you mean to say “castigated” in your post about planting by the moon?

  4. first class ! i am a bit annoyed with myself attentively and uncritically listening all these years to “experts”, repeating their intuitive but often baseless ideas. in most other matters i am much more skeptical. lots of people wasting a lots of time complying with all but baseless rituals ….

  5. I made my own weed killer and bug spray with vinegar and other ingredients. I somehow like an idiot labeled them wrong. The bug killer with salt vinegar soap I sprayed on my raised bed garden. Something was eating the leaves. Within 20 minutes it worked. My plants started wilting and dying. My granddaughter’s was hit the worst! I got my water hose and soaked all the plants really good. This morning I ran my sprinkler. Will the expensive organic soil in the planters need to be replaced? Can I add more soil! I’m going to get new plants, especially for my granddaughters Thanks

    • re: “Will the expensive organic soil in the planters need to be replaced?” – the idea that soil is organic is an imagined concept. It is organic if you think it is organic. From a plants perspective there is no such thing as organic soil.

      The ingredients in vinegar and salt are always in soil – organic soil as well as non-organic soil. You just added a bit more than normal. Bacteria will quickly take care of the acetate, and watering will wash the salt out.


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