Synopses & Reviews
A commonsense approach to controlling pests the organic way
Beginning with the soil, where 80 percent of insect problems originate, this environmentally enlightened book shows how to prevent, manage, and combat pests in the garden.
Healthy, Balanced Soil
The first and best defense. Humus, minerals, green manure, and compost. The foliar feeding program for stronger plants.
Prevention, Prevention, Prevention
Crop rotation. Protective herbs and companion planting. Organic sprays and dusts, including rotenone, sabadilla, pyrethrin, neem, ryania, and quassin.
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
Ant lions, ladybugs, predatory thrips, and ichneumon wasps vs. aphids. Cabbage loppers and cutworms. How to identify and employ beneficial bugs.
Attracting birds and bats. Repelling rabbits and deer. Moles and voles, and why snakes really are your friends.
Also in the Hands-On Gardener series: Composting, Seeds and Propagation, Water, and Pruning.
The Hands-On Gardener: Pests is a thoroughly practical guide to pest management the organic way. As in any holistic approach, the emphasis is on prevention. Beginning with the soil, where 80% of insect problems originate, this guide shows how to keep plants healthier-and opportunistic pests at bay-through a combination of soil amendments and organic fertilizers. It covers timed planting, interplanting, homeopathic sprays, and beneficial insects.
About the Author
Crow Miller is a co-author of Let's Get Growing and other gardening books. He also runs Agri-Balance Organic Consultants, an organic consulting business for farmers and homeowners.Elizabeth Miller is a co-author of Let's Get Growing and other gardening books. She also runs Agri-Balance Organic Consultants, an organic consulting business for farmers and homeowners.
Table of Contents
HEALTHY, BALANCED SOIL
Preparing a Soil Sample
Building Healthy Soil
Reality Check: Tissue Analysis
Why Soil Nutrients Are Important
Choosing the Best Plants
Know Your Enemy
The Good Guys
Outthinking Your Enemy
Tilling and Mowing
Catching and Preserving Insects
Attracting Beneficial Insects
Buying Beneficial Insects
Organic Sprays and Dusts
Traps and Barriers
WILDLIFE in the GARDEN
Amphibians and Reptiles
Soil Analysis for Organic Growing
Plant Tissue Analysis