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The Truth About Organic Gardening

Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line
Gillman, Jeff (Book - 2008 )
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The Truth About Organic Gardening

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Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment--and in most cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not always true, and the exceptions to the rule can pose a significant threat to human health. To cite just one example, animal manures in compost can be a source of harmful E. coli contamination if imporperly treated. Gillman's contention is that all gardening products and practices--organic and synthetic--need to be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine both whether they are safe and whether they accomplish the task for which they are intended. Ultimately, Gillman concludes, organic methods are preferable in most situations that gardeners are likely to encounter. After reading this eye-opening book, you will understand why, and why knowledge is the gardener's most important tool.
Authors: Gillman, Jeff, 1969-
Title: The truth about organic gardening
benefits, drawbacks, and the bottom line
Publisher: Portland, Or. :, Timber Press,, 2008
Characteristics: 208 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jeff Gillman
Contents: Organic basics
What is organic gardening?
How organic is organic enough?
History of organic growing
Understanding pesticides
The label
Pesticide delivery
Environmental impact quotients (EIQs) and toxicological effects
Soil enrichment and fertilization
Choices free of synthetic chemicals
Choices that include synthetic chemicals
The best choices for you
Weed control
Choices free of synthetic chemicals
Synthetic herbicides
The best choices for you
Insect control
Organic cultural practices
Traps and barriers
Beneficial insects and other organisms
Organic insecticides
Synthetic insecticides
Practices designed to increase pesticide efficacy
The best choices for you
Disease control
Organic cultural practices
Organic chemicals for disease control
Synthetic chemicals for disease control
The best choices for you
Controlling birds, deer, rodents, and mollusks
Bird control: the organic choices
Bird control: the synthetic choices
Deer control
Rodent control: the organic choices
Rodent control: the synthetic choices
Slug and snail control: the organic choices
Slug and snail control: the synthetic choices
The best choices for you
Organic practices and our ecosystem
Environmental benefits
Environmental drawbacks
What to do?
The question of organic food
Pesticide residues
What to do?
ISBN: 9780881928624
Branch Call Number: 635.0484 G482t 2008
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