Dear Dirt Doctor: Questions Answered the Natural Way

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University of Texas Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Gardening - 206 pages
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Howard Garrett has converted gardeners throughout Texas and beyond to gardening the natural way without chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides. In this revised and updated edition of The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening, he uses a question-and-answer format to present a wealth of new information on organic gardening, landscaping, pest control, and natural living. The book also incorporates valuable feedback and suggestions from gardeners who've successfully used Howard's methods.

 

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Contents

Basics of Going Organic
1
BASIC ORGANIC PROGRAM
4
BALANCE OF CHEMISTRY PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY
10
Soil and Bed Preparation
12
BED PREPARATION
13
MULCH
14
PEAT MOSS
18
TREATED WOOD IN THE GARDEN OR LANDSCAPE
19
SPRAYERS
101
VINE CHOICES
102
WEEDS
103
Trees
105
BALD CYPRESS
106
BUR OAK FUNGUS
107
CHINKAPIN OAK
108
CHLOROSIS
109

Compost
21
COMPOST QUESTIONS
22
COMPOST CHECKLIST
26
Synthetic versus Natural Fertilizers
29
TYPES OF ORGANIC FERTILIZERS
31
Pest Control and Beneficial Insects
39
ANTS
40
APHIDS AND OTHER SMALL INSECTS
41
ARMYWORMS
42
BENEFICIAL INSECTS
43
BOXELDER BUGS
44
BUTTERFLIES
45
CHINCH BUGS
46
FIRE ANTS
47
FIREFLIES
48
FLIES
49
FOREST TENT CATERPILLARS
50
GRUBWORMS
51
HOUSE PESTS
52
MEALYBUGS
53
MOSQUITOES
54
NEMATODES
55
POWDERY MILDEW ON CRAPE MYRTLES
56
RHINO BEETLES
57
SCORPIONS
58
SLUGS SNAILS AND PILLBUGS
59
SQUASH BUGS
60
TERMITES
61
THRIPS
63
WASPS
64
WEBWORMS
66
Pest Control Products
67
CITRUS OIL
68
CORN GLUTEN MEAL
69
CORNMEAL
71
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH
73
DLIMONENE
74
GARLIC
75
MOLASSES
77
NOSEMA
78
PEPPER
79
VINEGAR
80
Landscaping and Garden Maintenance
82
BULBS
83
DETOXIFYING CONTAMINATED SOIL
84
EROSION
85
FLOWER FRAGRANCE
86
FOLIAR FEEDING
87
FUNGI
88
GROUNDCOVER CHOICES
89
HORSEHERB
90
HYACINTHS
91
INDIAN HAWTHORN
92
LANTANA
93
MAINTENANCE
94
PERENNIALS
95
PERIWINKLES
96
POISON IVY
98
ROOTS AND POOL PLASTER
99
SOIL LEVELING AND ARMADILLOS
100
LIGHTNING DAMAGE
110
MIMOSAS AND CARPENTER ANTS
111
MISTLETOE
112
PECANS
113
PINES
114
POST OAKS
115
PRUNING
117
REDBUD TRANSPLANTS
118
ROYAL PAULOWNIA
119
SHUMARD RED OAK
120
STAKING TREES
123
STUMP REMOVAL
124
TRANSPLANTING TREES
125
TREE PLANTING
126
TREE PROBLEMS
128
TREE RECOMMENDATIONS
129
TREE ROOTFOUNDATION PROBLEMS
130
TREE SEEDLINGS
131
TREES IN ROCKY SOIL
132
Herbs
133
EASYTOGROW HERBS
134
HERB TEA
135
PEST CONTROL PROGRAM FOR HERBS
138
BEGONIAS
139
ECHINACEA
140
LEMON BALM
142
PASSION FLOWER
143
TURKS CAP
146
WITCH HAZEL
147
Vegetables Fruits and Other Food Crops
148
COMPANION PLANTING
149
HAIRY VETCH
150
PEPPERS
152
POTATOES
155
SWEET POTATOES
156
VEGGIE WASHES
157
Wildflowers and Wild Flowers
158
WILD FLOWER SHRUBBY PLANTS
161
BLUEBONNETS
167
Turf
168
BERMUDAGRASS SEED AND CORNMEAL
170
FESCUE
171
GRASS AND TREE ROOTS
172
GRASS CLIPPINGS
173
LAWN LEVELING
174
SOD
175
SPRING WEEDS GRASS PLANTING
176
ST AUGUSTINE
178
ZOYSIA
179
Indoor Houseplants
180
POTTING SOIL
181
FICUS TREES
182
WildlifeAnimals
183
BUTTERFLY GARDENS
184
DOGS AND CATS
185
TURTLES
186
Appendix
187
FORMULAS
190
Index
197
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Howard Garrett has a weekly column in the Dallas Morning News and a monthly Dirt Doctor's Dirt magazine.

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