The Organic Manual: Natural Organic Gardening and Living for Your Family, Plants, and Pets

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Around the world everyone is talking about environmental issues and the concept of "going green." Natural organic gardening and landscaping are among the most important parts of that movement. Howard Garrett in The Organic Manual explains in detail what to do instead of using chemicals. He tells readers how to go green. The book starts with advice on how to stop using toxic chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers and explains the practical alternatives that we can utilize. This book is effective for use ...
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Overview

Around the world everyone is talking about environmental issues and the concept of "going green." Natural organic gardening and landscaping are among the most important parts of that movement. Howard Garrett in The Organic Manual explains in detail what to do instead of using chemicals. He tells readers how to go green. The book starts with advice on how to stop using toxic chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers and explains the practical alternatives that we can utilize. This book is effective for use coast to coast and border to border; it has no geographic boundaries. Whether it's growing beautiful landscapes or delicious healthy food crops, The Organic Manual explains bed preparation, planting, pest control, and how to make compost. It also covers pet management and natural living advice. The organic method is the most efficient, most cost effective, and most fun of any gardening and household approach to the natural way. It also produces the best trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables that you will ever grow. The book also gives the consumer a 6-month, free subscription to the Dirt Doctor, a magazine about healthy, organic living.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930819573
  • Publisher: Tapestry Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Garrett is the nation's foremost authority on natural organic gardening. He is a landscape architect, arborist, author of many related books, and the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show on organic living. He writes a weekly newspaper column, "The Natural Way" for the Dallas Morning News.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
About the Author     xiii
Introduction
Toxic Chemicals vs. Organics     2
Reversing the Chemical Addiction     3
Healthy Soils
Organic Material and Organic Matter     7
Soil Microorganisms     7
Soil Macroorganisms     11
Minerals     11
Fertilizer Elements     13
Basic Organic Program
How Plants Grow     17
How to Start an Organic Program     18
Seven Steps in Going Organic     18
Building a Healthy Soil     22
Recreating the Forest Floor     23
Biodiversity     25
Plant Decisions
Selecting Ornamentals     27
Landscaping with Herbs     28
Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts     33
Wildflowers     34
Natural Organic Planting Techniques
Drainage     37
Tree Planting     37
Lawn Planting     42
Organic Bed Preparation     43
Shrub, Ground Cover, Vine, and Flower Planting     44
Preparation of Farm Land     45
Gardening by the Moon     46
Mulch Choices     47
Natural OrganicMaintenance
Natural Tree Care     53
Lawn Care     58
Shrub, Ground Cover, Vine, and Flower Care     61
Basic Animal Organic Program     63
Making Compost     64
Monthly Natural Organic Maintenance Calendar     66
Natural Organic Pest Control
Beneficial Insects     92
Harmful Insects     99
Organic Pest Remedy Options     110
Organic Disease Control     118
Weeds     122
Organic Animal Control     127
Natural Organic Products
Organic Fertilizers     131
Foliar Feeding     140
Organic Pest Control Products     143
Compost-Mother Nature's Fertilizer     148
Appendix
Conversion Tables/Measurements     152
Product Rate Chart     156
Homemade Formulas     159
Publication Resources     161
Organic Rose Program     163
Organic Pecan and Fruit Tree Program     164
Edible and Medicinal Landscaping Plants     165
Flower Choices     167
Sick Tree Treatment     168
Glossary     171
Index     181

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