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Posted November 28, 2007
The Environmental Protection Agency describes indoor air quality as 2-5 times more polluted than outdoors. The International Fire Service Training Association further specifies that every house fire nowadays is also a hazardous materials incident of synthetic textiles, polyurethane foam, and plastics. NASA researchers describe indoor chemicals as causing sick building syndrome, cancer, asthma, and allergies. And then there's the toxic buildup just from people's breaths! So what to do about houseplants? For houseplants typically suffer from airborne mildew and mold, crown and root rot, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and tip-burn. They also suffer typically from aphids, fungus root gnats, mealybugs, scale, spider mites, thrips, and whiteflies. Outdoors, that most often calls for spraying. But author Julie Bawden-Davis comes up with INDOOR GARDENING THE ORGANIC WAY. Her strategy is three-stepped. One's the savvy, Master Gardener-style juggling of organic-rich soil with appropriate humidity and light levels, correct propagating, and timely amending and pruning. Another strategy involves non-toxic prescriptions. Entry-level options are hand-picking [ugh!], introducing beneficial creepy crawlies, using alcohol and sticky traps, or washing off. But some pests and problems can only be fought with the botanical pesticide pyrethrin, through horticultural and neem oils, or by insecticidal soap sprays. Hm-m-m! What about those creepy crawlies, and oils and sprays, inside my house? Bawden-Davis anticipates my doubts. So read her book. And then decide if the two types of plants she mentions would keep rampant creepy crawlies and additional albeit organic chemicals under control.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.