Slug Bread & Beheaded Thistles: Amusing & Useful Techniques for Non-Toxic Gardening & Housekeeping

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De la Terre Press, Jul 1, 1995 - Gardening - 80 pages
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Americans use approximately half a million tons of pesticide each year, but many studies suggest that this harms humans as much as unwanted insects. The household-cleaner industry is also booming, while The National Center for Health Statistics attributes the rise in respiratory cancers and diseases among homemakers to the use of toxic cleaning products. Restoring time-tested, human-friendly techniques for maintaining your home and garden, Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles offers ingenious, nontoxic alternatives to the highly poisonous chemicals found in the average kitchen cupboard.Try citrus as a solvent, or use sour skim milk to kill plant viruses. Rid yourself of lice with coconut oil. Baking soda, white vinegar, and coffee grounds all offer safe alternatives to deadly cleansers. In the garden, cornmeal cuts down on cutworms and wood ashes keep the slugs away. Overflowing with simple, highly effective tips like these, along with invigorating illustrations, Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles offers a refreshing way of living and thriving. Expanded from its successful self-published edition, this will be a staple ingredient for every chemical-free pantry.

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Ellen Sandbeck is an organic landscaper, worm wrangler, writer, and graphic artist who lives with (and experiments on) her husband and an assortment of younger creatures -- which includes two mostly grown children, a couple of dogs, a small flock of laying hens, and many thousands of composting worms -- in Duluth, Minnesota. She is the author of "Slug Bread & Beheaded Thistles" and "Eat More Dirt.

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