Jerry Baker

Just got a flyer via sail mail about a new book Jerry Baker is hawking, "Terrific Garden Tonics". I'm sure many of these potions are in his "Impatient Gardener" text, but I never tried any of them. I was thinking about his lawn potion, 1 cup dish soap, 1 can of beer and fill the remainder of the quart hose end sprayer with ammonia. Can anybody see any harm this could possible do to a lawn? I'm willing to give it a go, (to supplement my 1/2 rate fertilizer program), but not at the expense of damaging my lawn.
In general what is the opinion of this guy? Is he well respected or what ? thxs
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says... :) Just got a flyer via sail mail about a new book Jerry Baker is hawking, :) "Terrific Garden Tonics". I'm sure many of these potions are in his "Impatient :) Gardener" text, but I never tried any of them. I was thinking about his lawn :) potion, 1 cup dish soap, 1 can of beer and fill the remainder of the quart hose :) end sprayer with ammonia. Can anybody see any harm this could possible do to a :) lawn? I'm willing to give it a go, (to supplement my 1/2 rate fertilizer :) program), but not at the expense of damaging my lawn. :) :) In general what is the opinion of this guy? Is he well respected or what ? :) thxs :) :) It might depend on what the setting/at what dilution rate the mixture is coming out...the soap can be a non selective insecticide and the ammonia can burn some plants... I've always put him into the "or what" group
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At a rate of 32 oz in 20 gallons of H20.

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Using ammonia on turf is ridiculous and is toxic to soil organisms which are the true purveyors of turf health. I would steer clear of any of his toxic concoctions.
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escape wrote:

Not to get into an organic vs. chemical debate but household liquid ammonia is ammonia gas dissolved in water. Farmers have been doing this to add nitrogen to the soil for over fifty years that I'm aware of. Dave
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On Wed, 11 May 2005 05:46:28 -0700, Dave Morrison

Right, and they make the soil ammonia gas junkies. The soil is virtually dead and without adding that synthetic nitrogen, they can barely get anything to grow. This is not about organic vs. conventional, rather it's about soil health vs. soil death.
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escape wrote:

And organic? If you grow crops you use up soil nutrients. Soil maintenance is a part of farming or gardening. Whether you do it with chemicals or compost you are going to have to amend the soil. If you don't get nitrogen into the soil someway sooner or later you are barely going to get anything to grow. I guess this makes your soil "compost junkies" :-) Dave
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On Thu, 12 May 2005 06:47:23 -0700, Dave Morrison

Um, no. That would not be correct. Farmers, before Leibig came on the scene and took the staunch position that NPK are all plants need to survive, then invented synthetic nitrogen, there was manure and vegetative matter enriching soils. That is soil management. Soil management is not using synthetic nitrogen rendering the soil dead. Soils rich in micro and macro organisms supports itself in a far superior way than do soils doused with synthetic N. These biota create waste of their own, thus, add N to the soil by their mere existence. Hardly a junkie for this. Rather, it's quite natural. Forests are not fed.
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Jerry Baker is a fraud
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Haven't seen anything convincing either way. I looked at the dethatching tonic a while ago, and in "theory" it looked okay (however I neglected to consider the effect of chlorine/chloramines that are invaribly in municipal water supplies).
What's the lawn potion supposed to do? Seems to be the same minus the cola. 1 cup of dish soap seems a bit much even if it's going 8(?) oz to 20 gal water. Plus you never know what kind of crap is going into dish soap these days. If you can't convince yourself, you probably shouldn't do it. Even if it doesn't have an immediate deleterious effect, make sure it doesn't come back to bite you or someone else down the line.
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I don't know enough chemistry to comment on his concoctions, but when I saw him hitting his trees, I changed channels.
I also notice that none of the presenters on shows like This Old House and Victory Garden pour beer on their lawns.
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Wasting good beer is a sin.
They probably do water the lawns with it indirectly, of course. That is, after ingesting it and when nature calls. If you know what I mean. They aren't going to show that on public TV.
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On Thu, 12 May 2005 09:56:26 GMT, "Cereus-validus....."

Works great! Although the wife complains about the darker green spots!
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The kindest thing I can say about Jerry Baker is that he's a crackpot -- and awfully good at self-promotion. There is absolutely no proof that any of his concoctions work, which he will be the first to admit.
Some years ago when he was in town for the annual home & garden show, some Extension Service Master Gardeners I know had an interesting conversation with him. It seems he stopped at their booth and asked what they thought about "this Jerry Baker guy," as if they didn't know who he was. They played along and said that he might claim to be America's master gardener, but they had solid info and he didn't. His reply was to the effect that "he sure is a good businessman, tho, isn't he?" True story, cross my heart and hope to die.
In any event, isn't it interesting that while he hypes all the homemade remedies, the products sold under the Jerry Baker label are the same chemicals the rest of the industry sells??? Hmmm.
Suzy O, Wis., Zone 5

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