Jerry Baker tonics

want-to-b-gardener(9)June 22, 2011

What is your opinion of using Jerry Baker tonics on vegetable gardens.

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gardengal48

A waste of time and often money!! And potentially detrimental to plant health and soil quality.

Honestly, it does depend on exactly what 'tonic' you are considering using -- some, like cayenne pepper, ARE moderately effective in discouraging critters like rabbits or deer. But none are the wonder products Baker would like you to believe they are. Sound, established gardening practices are always more desirable than homemade elixirs that promise to 'fix' everything. And many of his tonics could prove to be quite damaging if used excessively or incorrectly.

btw, as far as I know, Jerry Baker is a self-proclaimed "expert" (debatable) and has no relationship with any Master Gardener program. In fact, I believe he has trademarked the title of "America's Master Gardener". IMO, he is nothing more than a slick salesman that has focused his attentions - very profitably - on America's passion for gardening.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 10:55AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

America's Snake Oil Gardener!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 12:38AM
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nmgirl(8 S.NM)

"Snake oil gardener"? Ooo, I like that!
Better keep it quiet, JB might mix up a new concoction based on it.

Learn how to garden correctly and don't waste your time, energy or money on sideshow "remedies".

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 9:17AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Have the Master Gardeners censored him at all?
I think he's given the whole organization a bad name with his hokey approach to gardening.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 7:08AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Have the Master Gardeners censored him at all?
I think he's given the whole organization a bad name with his hokey approach to gardening.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 7:10AM
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napapen(ca 15)

Not publicly but we are only allowed and trained to give scientifically based information

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 11:20PM
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luv2garden

So scientifically speaking, one could say JB is really a snake oil salesman ? : )

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 9:04PM
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