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

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The benefits and drawbacks of more than 100 techniques and products

We all want a silver bullet: the pesticide that will kill the pests and be safe for us and for other animals and beneficial insects, the fertilizer that will give us enormous tomatoes and cucumbers without negative side effects to the environment.

Unfortunately, this silver bullet doesn't exist and probably never will. Gillman introduces over 100 gardening products and practices—organic and synthetic—and examines each to determine whether it is safe and whether it acomplishes the task for which it is intended. Experienced gardeners on both sides of the organic debate will come away in a much better position to make responsible, efective choices.

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Editorial Reviews

Garden Compass

"[Gillman] examines over a hundred traditional gardening products and protocols, both organic and synthetic, to determine whether they are safe and effective."

“I’ve come away from this book—a reference text masquerading as a beach read—with hands-on knowledge that is just plain useful. The book gives you the facts about synthetic and organic techniques and encourages you to do further research, then make educated decisions about your own garden.”
Raleigh News and Observer

“One green book that isn’t buying into the hype.”

Chicago Tribune
"To be the best gardener, tend your soil, plant a diverse garden, tolerate some imperfection, and make informed case-by-case choices to deal with problems. [The Truth About Organic Gardening] can help."
The Washington Post
"How do you separate the hype from the facts? Spending 13 bucks on [The Truth About Organic Gardening] may go a long way."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Sure to cause controversy and heated discussion...What The Truth About Organic Gardening does is introduce more than 100 products and planting techniques and cite the latest university tests and factual results so that gardeners can make responsible choices and not continue to link the words 'organic,' 'safe' and 'effective' so firmly in their minds."
BBC Gardens Illustrated
“Both these books [The Truth About Organic Gardening and The Truth About Garden Remedies] are refreshing, lucid and enlightening. Their spare style, with no illustrations, and concentration on facts rather than ‘inspiration’ even gives them an old-fashioned charm.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928624
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 491,984
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

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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