Since I'm complaining about overly elaborate advice in the vegetable garden of the kind offered by market growers and other "experts," you may well ask what kind of advice I do like.
- Actual science. See Gillman, Jeff and Chalker-Scott, Linda for this kind of thing.
- No-tech common sense. Poking around on Martha Stewart's website this week, I found a really nice example. The usual advice for planting beans and other warm-loving crops is "when the soil has warmed up." How do you know? Martha says, "if you can walk in a garden comfortably barefoot." Now, that's a useful measure!