Much that is precious, and even irreplaceable, in man’s environment has been destroyed by man himself. And the home gardener-not usually thought of as a despoiler-has contributed to this destruction by using poisonous insecticides and chemical fertilizers. For chemical gardening is hazardous, both to the individual and to the environment.
Organic Gardening Without Poisons explains how to restore health to the home garden by returning to natural gardening methods. Nature can benefit the gardener if he does not interfere with its complicated and delicate balance by using synthetic insecticides and fertilizers. Earthworms, for example, do much valuable work in the soil-but they cannot survive the chemical drenches that many gardeners have been applying.
This book is a practical guide not only to the creation and maintenance of natural gardens and the restoration of gardens in which poisons have been used, but to successful gardening in general. Among the many areas discussed are composting and mulching, the use of humus, companion plantings, the treatment of plant diseases, and the encouragement of beneficial insects and birds. Soil composition and processes are described to convey an understanding of the dynamic interaction of earth, plants, and animals that is the foundation of a healthy garden.
Mr. Tyler writes in an informal style that contains many expressions of his love of nature. The reader will enjoy such details as his observation of a tiny wren catching insects, or of dozens of newly hatched toads hopping across his lawn at night. This book will be a source of pleasure and help to any gardener, whether he has never before explored the subject of organic gardening or is already familiar with its principles and its rewards.
Hardcover, 108 pages. In very good pre-loved condition with the exception of a stamp with name and address on dustcover and some yellowing and wear to dustcover.