By Howard Garrett
From studies of the 1st variation: "This ebook is so convincing that when you recognize somebody who's hard-headed and opinionated approximately now not utilizing natural gardening or least-toxic pest-control tools, this can be a solid position to begin them on a transformation of perspective." --Common feel Pest keep watch over "This [book] . . . leaves no stone unturned with regards to chemical-free gardening. Garrett deals persuasive arguments in want of a holistic method of gardening that considers composting, soil enrichment with usual materials, mulching, replacement pest keep watch over. . . . This quantity serves good as an up to the moment reference, one who gardeners of an natural persuasion will most likely seek advice repeatedly." --Publishers Weekly "[This] is likely one of the so much useful and complete works on gardening the average method we have seen, a handbook of condensed logical knowledge supplying an entire application for state-of-the-art gardeners." --Avant Gardener "This is a 'must-read' for domestic gardeners. it may be crucial examining for advertisement growers. . . . upload the airborne dirt and dust health practitioner on your library, retain it convenient so that you can seek advice from it every now and then as you are going to on your sundown, your Bailey, or for your California backyard as a vital and trustworthy resource of information." --California backyard Howard Garrett has switched over gardeners all through Texas and past to gardening the traditional method with no chemical fertilizers and poisonous insecticides. during this revised and up-to-date variation of The dust Doctor's advisor to natural Gardening, he makes use of a question-and-answer layout to offer a wealth of recent details on natural gardening, landscaping, pest keep an eye on, and normal dwelling. The publication additionally contains worthwhile suggestions and proposals from gardeners who have effectively used Howard's tools.
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But some people get confused about two essential additions—food waste and pet waste. All food waste—including meat scraps, other proteins, egg shells, and vegetable oils—should go in your pile. If it shouldn’t be composted, you shouldn’t have been eating it. Pet waste belongs in your compost pile, not in a plastic bag at the curb headed for the landfill. If pet waste is dangerous to be around, it would be during the “fresh out of the animal stage,” not after it has been composted. Everything that was once alive should be composted.
Something else has caused the damage to the tree. Clean out the dead stuff, but be careful not to injure any living tissue or the disease will spread farther into the tree. Spray or splash hydrogen peroxide on the opening, but don’t fill the cavity or paint it with wound dressing. Apply the Sick Tree Treatment to the soil, and the chances are good that the tree will live a while longer. The carpenter ants are only a problem if they decide to go into your house and dig out the walls. There they can be controlled with any of the boric acid products indoors or the citrus-oil products outdoors.
A rat was buried beneath this area about two months prior to starting the pile. Could it be the cause of the maggots? They appear to be degrading everything that goes in the pile, but am I going to be fly infested as a result? A. Fear not! These are the larvae of a beneficial insect called the soldier fly or black soldier fly. These leathery, segmented worms help break down the compost materials. The adult is a beneficial blue-black wasplike fly that feeds on nectar and helps pollinate flowers.
Dear Dirt Doctor: Questions Answered the Natural Way by Howard Garrett