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Indoor Gardening the Organic Way
How To Create a Natural and Sustaining Environment for Your Houseplants
Organic gardening has so many benefits! Not only is it nature's cookbook for healthy foliage -- but it cleans up our industries that have far too many "-ides": pesticides, heribcides, fertilizers (okay...the ides of March got to me :-)
Organic techniques go beyond the obvious. Yes, organic plants are healthier. Yes, organic food is healthy. Yes, organic gardening the natural way can be less expensive. But beyond the "in the hand" benefits...we also vote with our dollars for an organic horticulture industry. When we buy an organic fertilizer rather than a petroleum-based fertilizer or herbicide, we vote for cleaner air, cleaner water supplies, cleaner working conditions for factory workers. We vote for change when we garden organically with our beautiful little violet plant...or our decorative ficus tree in the corner!
Now you can turn your vote even greener...in more ways than one! Julie's new book "Indoor Gardening the Organic Way" is fantastic -- it covers the basics and it covers the potential of zero waste in your kitchen! You can use your own food scraps to create organic fertilizer for free...and for plants and a healhier community. I enjoyed reading and applying her concepts for patio compost using red worms -- you know, those wrigglers you find at the bait shop! Who would have thought...!
Author and gardening columnist Julie Bawden-Davis brings us Indoor Gardening the Organic Way (Taylor Trade, 2007, $19.95), a definitive guide to growing houseplants organically. 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 indoors--despite the fact that they eat organic foods and buy natural personal care products. Indoor Gardening the Organic Way shows readers how to put away non-organic chemicals.
Chock full of up-to-date information on all-natural growing principles in the specialized indoor environment, Indoor Gardening the Organic Way reveals how to grow houseplants as nature intended. Julie invites the reader to join the growing ranks of gardeners reaping the benefits of a kinder, gentler, more natural environment by treating houseplants to a healthful, toxin-free lifestyle. From the dirt on mulch to eco-friendly ways to handle plant pests, Julie provides a pragmatic guide for novice and experienced gardeners alike.
The 206-page illustrated book shares hundreds of secrets for natural gardening indoors, including acclimating plants and weaning them from chemical growth hormones and synthetic fertilizers, creating healthy, nutrient-rich soil, feeding them an organic, sustaining diet and fighting pests and disease with earth-friendly methods such as biological controls. You’ll also find critical information, such as how to water, provide sufficient humidity and light, repot and propagate. And there are recipes for specialty soil mixes. A comprehensive plant encyclopedia shares critical information for each plant, including light, moisture, humidity, soil, pH and fertilizer needs.
Julie has authored four books, including the popular Reader’s Digest Flower Gardening. She has written over 1,000 articles for a wide variety of publications, including The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Family Circle, Parents, Organic Gardening, National Gardening, Aquascape Lifestyles, Wildflower Magazine, The Herb Quarterly, The Gardener, Romantic Homes and Garden Compass. She is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association of America and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Additionally, she is a University of California Certified Master Gardener. She lives and gardens indoors and out in Orange, Calif.
NOTE: Julie Bawden Davis is available to speak at organizations on a wide variety of gardening topics. Located in Orange, California...she's just a hop, skip and a jump from helping you implement indoor organics in indoor environments! What a "green" idea for a professiona, garden club, church group...or cooking club!!