Like a rubbernecker eyeing an accident, I was mesmerized by Jerry’s – shall we say? – advice, and I found a few more gems. Ever heard of doing this?
Root prune all spring-flowering shrubs in late August to stimulate
heavy blooms next year. Follow up by sprinkling 1/2 cup of Epsom salts into
When transplanting anything this time of year, add nitrogen
and protein for root development by working a mixture of oatmeal and human
hair into the soil.
And because you can just never spray enough, it turns out we’re supposed to spray our mulch, too.
Overspray any mulch with my Mulch Makeover Tonic: 1 cup of ammonia, 1 can of
regular (not diet) cola, 1 cup of antiseptic mouthwash, and 1 tbsp.
of dishwashing liquid mixed in a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer.
And although not mentioned in this month’s missive, let’s never forget that his favorite home remedy for the garden is tobacco juice. Nicotine – it’s all natural!
Before you laugh off Baker as the quack that he indisputably is, remember
that he’s the number one gardening educator, so to speak, in the whole
U.S. of A., thanks to public television, 217 radio stations, Wal-Mart, and his own amazing
publishing machine – 40 books and counting. Since ranting my pants off last March about Jerry and discovering that everyone thinks he’s a quack (well, except people making money off him), I’m frustrated as hell by his continued success, especially on public broadcasting. I understand that his videos are great fund-raising products for the stations, so I wasn’t surprised when Washington’s affiliate, WETA, failed to acknowledge the letter of complaint I sent them on behalf of a local garden club. Nationally only a couple of stations have so far stopped broadcasting his videos after complaints from mainly academic sources.
LET’S PUT ON A SHOW
I’m left with the conclusion that if we want to get this self-described environmentalist (!!) off the air, we’ll have to come up with something better for PBS to use. So how about it? I bet the collective wisdom of the garden blogosphere, even just using the technology we’re seeing on YouTube, could be a huge service to the public and their oversprayed yards. For funding I wish we could tap the Extension Services all over the country – it’s their job to educate the public, after all – but they’re mum on the subject, except to complain that Jerry’s use and trademarking of the term "America’s Master Gardener" is bogus.
So maybe it’s up to us and if not us, who? I’m only half kidding, guys.[Link to Jerry’s August 2006 Newsletter.]