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Dead daisies make me crazy : garden solutions without chemical pollution

Author: Loren Nancarrow; Janet Hogan Taylor
Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Easy-to-read and informative with tips on identitying and controlling diseases and pest, making your own fertilizer and plant food, making and using potting soil, compost, and mulch, and much more.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Loren Nancarrow; Janet Hogan Taylor
ISBN: 1580081568 9781580081566
OCLC Number: 43060651
Notes: "A Kirsty Melville book"--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 178 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Why organic? Building good soil. -Garden and lawn diseases and remedies. -Pest control solutions for the garden and lawn. -Make-it-yourself fertilizers, mulches, and compost. -Planting, potting, and maintenance solutions, and some tips on tools. -Wildlife loves an organic garden. Butterfly gardening, or attracting flying flowers. Animals in the garden. Birds. Amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. When wildlife become pests. -Glossary.
Responsibility: Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor.

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Easy-to-read and informative with tips on identitying and controlling diseases and pest, making your own fertilizer and plant food, making and using potting soil, compost, and mulch, and much more.

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CONTENTS “Acknowledgements” xi “Introduction” xiii Chapter 1: Why Organic?........................... 1 OUR IMPACT ON THE FOOD SUPPLY 1 BUILDING GOOD SOIL 2 STEPS TO HEALTHY SOIL IN YOUR GARDEN 2 Determine just how out of balance the soil is by having it tested 3 Get some air into the soil 3 Add the right fertilizers 4 Add organic matter to the soil 4 Mulch the soil 4 Don’t use insecticides or pesticides 4 Chapter 2: Garden and Lawn Diseases and Remedies................... 5 GARDEN DISEASES, SYMPTOMS AND CONTROLS 5 Common plant, vegetable, and tree diseases 5 Bacterial canker 10 Bacterial leaf spot 11 Black spot 11 Damping-off disease 12 Downy mildew 14 Gray mold 14 Fireblight 15 Mosaic viruses 16 Oak root fungus 17 Peach tree curl 17 Powdery mildew 18 Rust 19 Sooty mold 19 Southern blight 20 Verticillium wilt 21 Water mold root rot 23 FUNGUS-KILLING SPRAYS 23 Baking soda 23 Garlic 24 Vinegar 25 LAWN DISEASES, SYMPTOMS, AND CONTROLS 25 Start with the soil 25 Know what kind of grass you have 26 Is your lawn stressed out? 26 Chapter 3: Pest Control Solutions for the Garden and Lawn............ 33 Common plant, vegetable, and tree pests 33 Common lawn grass pests 39 CONTROL THE PEST OR LET NATURE TAKE ITS COURSE? 40 ATTRACTING AND KEEPING BENEFICIAL INSECTS IN YOUR GARDEN 42 Aphid midge 43 Assassin bug 43 Big-eyed bug 43 Braconid wasp 44 Bumblebee 44 Damsel bug 44 Ground or carabid beetle 44 Honeybee 45 Hover fly (flower fly) 45 Ichneumon wasp 45 Lacewing 46 Ladybug (ladybird beetle) 46 Mealybug destroyer 47 Minute pirate bug 47 Nematode 47 Praying mantis 48 Predatory mite 48 Snakefly 48 Soldier beetle 49 Spined soldier bug 49 Tachinid fly 49 Tiger beetle 50 HOW TO BUY BENEFICIAL INSECTS 50 Buying insect help 50 What to do with the critters 51 INSECT-KILLING SPRAYS AND METHODS 52 Horticultural oil sprays 52 Other homemade insect-killing sprays 55 INSECT REPELLENTS 58 All-purpose repellents 58 Insect-specific repellents 62 Companion plantings to repel specific insects 63 INSECT TRAPS 64 Homemade traps 64 Mulch traps 69 Pheromone traps 69 Trap crops 70 USING ROW COVERS TO CONTROL INSECT PESTS 71 USING HOT WATER TO CONTROL INSECTS 73 To control insects in the soil 73 To control insects on plants 74 Chapter 4: Make-It-Yourself Fertilizers, Mulches, and Compost............ 75 USING ORGANIC FERTILIZERS 75 How organic fertilizers work 78 Acid-loving plant help 81 Blooming houseplant fertilizer 82 Bulb fertilizer 83 Camellia and azalea food 83 Citrus fertilizer and sweetener 84 General-purpose organic fertilizer 84 Green manure fertilizer 84 Iron fertilizers 85 Leaf or foliar fertilizers 86 Rose fertilizers 87 Worm casting fertilizer and tonic 87 Tree fertilizers 88 Using seed-free manure 89 FREE FERTILIZERS 90 MAKING YOUR OWN MULCH 91 Mulch 101 91 Making mulch 92 TIPS ON MAKING COMPOST 93 Do you need a compost bin? 94 Starting a compost pile 94 What size is the average pile? 95 Problems in the pile? 95 When is the compost finished? 96 What is aged compost? 96 How to use compost 96 What’s that in my compost bin? 96 Chapter 5: Planting, Potting, and Maintenance Solutions, and Some Tips on Tools... 101 QUICK TIPS FOR THE GARDEN 101 Artichoke transplants 101 Asparagus weeds 101 Bulb storage 102 Cantaloupe picking 102 Cucumber climbers 102 Growing more beans 102 Growing more cabbages 102 Heavy sprayer? 102 Herbs for drying 102 Homemade roasted sunflower seeds 103 Melon care 103 Mini plant covers 103 Pennyroyal to chase pests 103 Pollinating pointers 103 Potato scab prevention 104 Retaining soil moisture 104 Roses and soil 104 Shading delicate vegetables 104 PLANTING TIPS 104 WATERING TIPS 106 DON’T DEADHEAD FLOWERS AGAIN 106 USING EARTHWORMS TO MAKE GOOD TOPSOIL 108 TIPS FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON 109 Keep your Christmas tree fresh 109 Flowering poinsettias year after year 110 HOW TO GET FREE PLANTS 111 Dividing 111 Saving seeds 111 Deadheading your way to beautiful free flowers 114 What to do with cuttings 114 Using self-seeding plants 114 MAKING YOUR OWN POTTING SOIL 116 Mix-and-match potting mix 116 Specialized potting mixes 117 Plant potting tips 117 TOMATO MADNESS 118 Growing tomatoes 118 Battling birds and squirrels 118 WEEDING MADE SIMPLE 120 Smother weeds out 120 Mulch weeds out 120 Plant weeds out 120 Cut weeds out 121 Cook weeds out 121 Eat weeds out 121 Spray weeds out 122 Boil weeds out 123 Salt weeds out 123 Water weeds out 123 Kill weeds before they emerge 123 Watch that compost-you may be planting weeds! 124 TOOLS THAT MAKE WORK EASY 124 Rules for picking the right garden tools 124 Cleaning tools 125 Free or almost-free tools that work 126 Chapter 6: Wildlife Loves an Organic Garden 127 BUTTERFLY GARDENING, OR ATTRACTING FLYING FLOWERS 127 Making a good butterfly garden 128 A butterfly’s metamorphic life cycle 130 Butterfly food requirements 131 Are butterflies ever harmful to your garden? 133 Common butterflies you’ll find in your garden 135 ANIMALS IN THE GARDEN 137 Basic habitat plan 137 BIRDS 138 A little bird biology 138 Bird behavior 139 The spoken language-bird songs 140 Common plants birds love for food 140 What to feed your favorite backyard birds 142 Protect your feeder from pests and predators 145 AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES, AND MAMMALS 147 Amphibians 147 Reptiles 148 Mammals 149 WILDLIFE BEHAVIORS, OR “TALKING TO THE ANIMALS” 150 WHEN WILDLIFE BECOME PESTS 152 Birds 153 Cats 154 Deer 154 Dogs 155 Gophers 156 Rabbits 156 Raccoons 157 Rodents 157 Skunks 157 Snakes 158 Tree squirrels 158 “Glossary” 159 “Bibliography” 165 “Buying Guide” 168 “Organizations” 172 “Index” 176

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