Indoor Gardening the Organic Way: How to Create a Natural & Sustaining Environment for Your Houseplants

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Gardening organically outdoors is prevalent in most horticultural circles these days, but what about gardening indoors? Many gardeners still use harsh synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides when growing plants in their homes. How can we choose to eat organic foods, buy natural personal-care products, clean our indoor air, and yet still blast our poor houseplants with toxic chemicals? It is time to put down that spray bottle. Going organic with houseplants is not only possible-the results are amazing! ...
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Overview

Gardening organically outdoors is prevalent in most horticultural circles these days, but what about gardening indoors? Many gardeners still use harsh synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides when growing plants in their homes. How can we choose to eat organic foods, buy natural personal-care products, clean our indoor air, and yet still blast our poor houseplants with toxic chemicals? It is time to put down that spray bottle. Going organic with houseplants is not only possible-the results are amazing! Author Julie Bawden Davis brings us Indoor Gardening the Organic Way, a definitive guide to growing houseplants organically. From the dirt on mulch to eco-friendly ways to handle plant pests, Davis has provided this essential resource for novice and experienced gardeners alike. When you learn the specialized rules of gardening organically indoors, you'll soon reap the benefits of robust houseplants that will impress visitors and make your indoor environment a healthier place to be.
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Maggie Stuckey
What a delight! A comprehensive, all-purpose guide to indoor gardening that is founded on responsible organic principles and common sense. Now gardeners can have beautiful houseplants without poisoning the air inside their homes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589792937
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,434,894
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Bawden Davis, a full-time freelancer, has authored three books and over 1,000 articles for a wide variety of national, regional and international publications including The San Francisco Chronicle (where she has a monthly column) Organic Gardening, National Gardening, and Parenting magazines. She lives in Orange, California.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
Choose Your Foliage Friends Carefully and Make Them Feel at Home     1
It's All in the Soil     13
Wise Watering     31
Feed Your Foliage Friends a Gourmet Organic Feast     45
Shedding Light     55
It's a Jungle in Here...or at Least It Should Be: Providing Your Houseplants with Humidity     69
Keeping Plants Spiffy     83
Dealing with Pesky Critters and Diseases     97
Painless Repotting     119
Adding to Your Foliage Family     133
Clearing the Air     147
The Organic Growing Difference     155
The Plants     165
Online Resources     181
Index     185
Encyclopedia     198
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

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    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.

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