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Pest Control for Organic Gardening: Natural Methods for Pest and Disease Control for a Healthy Garden Kindle Edition
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The chapter on composting was also good, from a general overview perspective, and the benefits to your garden from composting. I never knew composting could help prevent garden pests! You'll probably need more details to build your own composting system.
I was less thrilled with the chapter on natural pest deterrent mixtures. Although it listed the main ingredients that you would need to include, there was no recipe for how to combine the ingredients, what you needed to combine them with, and how you should apply the mixture.
Surprisingly, there was nothing about building bat boxes or bird boxes to encourage insect-eating bats and birds to live near your garden. Probably because the insects they eat, such as mosquitoes, pester humans not plants, and this book was geared toward getting rid of the pests that can destroy your garden plants.
It's a quick read, and will give you plenty to think about. Our home is next to a nature preserve, so we're can't use any pesticides or fertilizers that can run off into the preserve. This book provided a lot of options for us to consider.
The intended audience would necessarily be young, or at least novice, gardeners seeking simple, coherent, yet very brief information to point them in the right direction to grow their own vegetables without resorting to dangerous, possibly carcinogenic, petrochemicals.
Those gardeners not new to the craft will likely not find any new information in this otherwise useful 25 page booklet that I was able to read in an hour.
As to the writing, it is satisfactory, if not superior prose. Indeed, the author is respected for not using flowery language. She simply states most points in commonly spoken language.
I do wish, however, the author would have included photographs and illustrations to display the various pests and their controls. In fact, it would have aided he point regarding the head similarities of the cockroach and the praying mantis.
Also, the writer stated, in some parts of the world, it is illegal to kill a mantis. She should be more specific, telling readers where it is illegal and what is the punishment. A picture of a news article to backup the stated point would add credibility AND would have broken the gray matter, as, let's face it, people do not find pages of gray textual matter to be attractive.
So, in conclusion, I find this a good, quick, interesting booklet and recommend purchase of Pest Control for Organic Gardening by Amber Richards. It is of especial value for novice gardeners.
My favorite section of the book was her section on slugs. The information is extensive here, and her recipes for slug prevention are simple, but I am confident they will be effective. I am looking forward to trying them!
As an amateur gardener striving to grow everything organically, I have had a hard time knowing how to react when I see a particular insect in my garden. My knee-jerk reaction is to pick the bug off and squash it, but I know that I will be referencing this book before I do anything from here!
I can't help but notice some of the reviews which suggest that her section on home-brewed 'pesticides' doesn't have any actual recipes, and this simply isn't true. Perhaps they could be formatted to look a little more like a proper 'recipe,' with all ingredients laid out first followed by instructions, but the information is still there and is quite helpful! This book is going to be a great addition to my bookshelf!
This is a lot of info here.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book. This book is very useful for organic gardening.
Tells of the pests that could get into your garden and how to organically get rid of them without using harmful chemicals.
Bonus for me reading this is the section on composting as this year we've expanded that portion in our yard.
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