The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawnbacks, and the Bottom Line

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Timber Press, Feb 1, 2008 - Gardening - 208 pages
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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.

 

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Gillman, from the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota, is a real life Mr. Smarty Pants when it comes to gardening. But don't let that throw you off-his books are quite ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
11
1 Organic Basics
13
2 Understanding Pesticides
22
3 Soil Enrichment and Fertilization
27
4 Weed Control
45
5 Insect Control
66
6 Disease Control
125
7 Controlling Birds Deer Rodents and Mollusks
148
8 Organic Practices and Our Ecosystem
171
9 The Question of Organic Food
179
10 Conclusions
190
Bibliography
192
Index
202
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Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the department of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota, where he researches plant production and teaches courses on nursery management and pesticide use. He earned his doctorate in horticulture and a master's degree in entomology from the University of Georgia.

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