Gardening for a greener planet: a chemical-free approach

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Tab Books, 1992 - Gardening - 156 pages
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Gardening for a Greener Planet is a complete guide to creating beautiful, fertile gardens free of both pests & chemicals: Using a technique known as "integrated pest management," environmentally concerned gardeners can protect food & foliage from destructive garden insects without contaminating it with toxins. Jonathan Erickson explains how to employ natural methods such as beneficial insects & other organisms, companion planting, minerals & soaps, & non-chemical pesticides in the war against garden-hungry bugs. Erickson covers these topics in easy-to-follow steps. Unlike other insect-control books, this one is arranged by plant rather than by pest. That way, readers can quickly & easily locate information on a particular fruit, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub; find out what insects frequently attack it; & proceed to swiftly, safely, & effectively eradicate them using the latest alternative techniques. Erickson also provides a complete listing of non-chemical pest control product suppliers & information sources currently available, as well as a detailed look at the latest research released by the USDA & the Worldwide Insecticide Resistance Database. New developments in chemical-free gardening emerge every day, making it possible to more easily reap the rewards of the Earth without harming it. Every day, too, the federal government introduces new restraints on the use of chemical pesticides. Now is the time for gardeners to begin using the straightforward, practical, & environmentally sound methods described in Gardening for a Greener Planet.

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Contents

Careful record keeping
13
Beneficial organisms
30
Birds of a feather
35
Repellent plants
36
Resistant plant varieties
39
HomeGrown Vegetables
41
Asparagus
42
Bean green
44
Radish
85
Spinach
87
Squash
89
Tbmato
92
Turnip
95
The Finest Fruits
99
Apple
100
Blueberry
102

Beet
48
Broccoli
50
Brussels sprout
53
Cabbage
56
Carrot
59
Cauliflower
61
Celery
63
Corn sweet
64
Cucumber
67
Eggplant
69
Lettuce
71
Onion
73
Pea
74
Pepper
77
Potato
79
Pumpkin
82
Cantaloupe
103
Grape
106
Peach
108
Pear
110
Plum
112
Raspberry
115
Strawberry
116
Watermelon
118
Flowers and Ornamental Plants
123
Aster
124
Begonia
125
Carnation
127
The Green Grass of Home
135
Safe Gardening Resource Guide
141
Index
153
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