Indoor Gardening the Organic Way: How to Create a Natural and Sustaining Environment for Your Houseplants

Taylor Trade Publishing
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Gardening organically outdoors is prevalent in most horticultural circles these days, but what about gardening indoors? Many gardeners still use harsh synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides when growing plants in their homes. How can we choose to eat organic foods, buy natural personal-care products, clean our indoor air, and yet still blast our poor houseplants with toxic chemicals? It is time to put down that spray bottle. Going organic with houseplants is not only possible-the results are amazing!
Author Julie Bawden Davis brings us Indoor Gardening the Organic Way, a definitive guide to growing houseplants organically. From the dirt on mulch to eco-friendly ways to handle plant pests, Davis has provided this essential resource for novice and experienced gardeners alike. When you learn the specialized rules of gardening organically indoors, you'll soon reap the benefits of robust houseplants that will impress visitors and make your indoor environment a healthier place to be.
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About the author

Julie Bawden Davis, a full-time freelancer, has authored three books and over 1,000 articles for a wide variety of national, regional and international publications including The San Francisco Chronicle (where she has a monthly column) Organic Gardening, National Gardening, and Parenting magazines. She lives in Orange, California.
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Publisher
Taylor Trade Publishing
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Published on
Dec 8, 2006
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781461733690
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Language
English
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Genres
Gardening / House Plants & Indoor
Gardening / Organic
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This content is DRM protected.
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