Dear Dirt Doctor: Questions Answered the Natural Way

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292728479
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 547,917
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Garrett is a landscape architect, certified arborist, horticulturist, and organic practitioner in Dallas, Texas. He promotes his organic gardening program, The Natural Way, through his WBAP radio and Channel 8 TV shows, weekly column in the Dallas Morning News, monthly Dirt Doctor’s Dirt magazine, and regional and national speaking engagements.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Basics of Going Organic
Ten Reasons to Go Organic
Basic Organic Program
Balance of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology
Soil and Bed Preparation
Bed Preparation
Planting in Solid Rock
Mulch
Peat Moss
Treated Wood in the Garden or Landscape
Compost
Basics
Compost Questions
Compost Checklist
Synthetic versus Natural Fertilizers
Types of Organic Fertilizers
Pest Control and Beneficial Insects
Althea Rust
Ants
Aphids and Other Small Insects
Armyworms
Bagworms and Caterpillars
Bees
Beneficial Insects
Borers in Trees
Boxelder Bugs
Brown Recluse Spiders
Butterflies
Chiggers
Chinch Bugs
Crickets
Cutworms
Fire Ants
Fireflies
Fleas
Flies
Forest Tent Caterpillars
Grasshoppers
Grubworms
House Pests
Mealybugs
Moles
Mosquitoes
Nematodes
Powdery Mildew on Crape Myrtles
Rhino Beetles
Roaches
Scale
Scorpions
Slugs, Snails, and Pillbugs
Soldier Flies
Spider Mites
Squash Bugs
Tarantulas
Termites
Thrips
Ticks
Tomato Blight
Wasps
Webworms
Whiteflies
Pest Control Products
Baking Soda
Cinnamon
Citrus Oil
Citrus Peelings
Corn Gluten Meal
Cornmeal
Diatomaceous Earth
D-limonene
Dormant Oil
Garlic
Hydrogen Peroxide
Lava Sand
Molasses
Nosema
Orange Oil (D-limonene)
Pepper
Toxic Products
Vinegar
Landscaping and Garden Maintenance
Azaleas
Bulbs
Burning Leaves
Detoxifying Contaminated Soil
Earthworm Suicide
Erosion
Fall Is for Planting
Flower Fragrance
Foliar Feeding
Fungi
Gardenias
Ground-Cover Choices
Hollies
Horseherb
Hyacinth Beans
Hyacinths
Hydroponic Gardening
Indian Hawthorn
Ivy in Trees
Lantana
Living Fences
Maintenance
Mushrooms
Nandinas
Pansies
Perennials
Periwinkles
Petunias
Photinias
Poison Ivy
Ponds
Roots and Pool Plaster
Seasonal Color
Soil Leveling and Armadillos
Sprayers
Steel Edging
Vine Choices
Vine Removal
Weeds
Trees
American Elm
Bald Cypress
Bradford Pears
Bur Oak Fungus
Chinese Pistachio
Chinkapin Oak
Chlorosis
Christmas Tree Care
Drought-Tolerant Trees
Lightning Damage
Live Oaks
Mimosas and Carpenter Ants
Mistletoe
Mulberries and New Trees
Pecans
Pines
Post Oaks
Pruning
Redbud Transplants
Royal Paulownia
Shantung Maple
Shumard Oak
Sick Tree Treatment
Staking Trees
Stump Removal
Sweetgums
Transplanting Trees
Tree Planting
Tree Problems
Tree Recommendations
Tree Replacement
Tree Root/Foundation Problems
Tree Seedlings
Trees in Rocky Soil
Herbs
Disease-Controlling Herbs
Easy-to-Grow Herbs
Herb Tea
Pest Control Program for Herbs
Begonias
Echinacea
Hibiscus
Lemon Balm
Oregano
Passion Flower
Roses
Turk's Cap
Witch Hazel
Vegetables, Fruits, and Other Food Crops
Aloe Vera
Banana Trees
Companion Planting
Hairy Vetch
Onions
Peppers
Potatoes
Rotating Crops
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Veggie Washes
Wild Flowers and Wildflowers
Wild Flower Shrubby Plants
Wild Flower Trees
Wild Flower Vines
Common Wildflowers
Bluebonnets
Turf
Choosing Which Grass to Plant
Bermudagrass Seed and Cornmeal
Buffalograss
Fescue
Fungal Turf Diseases
Grass and Tree Roots
Grassburs
Grass Clippings
Grass Removal
Lawn Leveling
Ryegrass and Other Cover Crops
Sod
Spring Weeds, Grass Planting
St. Augustine
Weeding
Zoysia
Indoor Houseplants
Potting Soil
Bonsai
Ficus Trees
Wildlife/Animals
Armadillos
Birds
Butterfly Gardens
Dogs and Cats
Lizards
Mice and Rats
Snakes
Turtles
Appendix
Books and Other Publications
Formulas
Index
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