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Gardening Techniques

How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Off Drugs

A Basic Guide To Pesticide Free Gardening in North America

by (author) Carole Rubin

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Mar 2003
Techniques, Landscape, Lawns
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2003
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Chemical pesticides were first formulated during the Second World War as agents of chemical warfare. Since then, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and other toxic agents have been developed for use in agriculture and home gardening to kill unwanted weeds, insects and diseases. Today we are looking for ways to clean these agrichemicals from our water, fisheries, wildlife species, soils - and our bodies. How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Off Drugs is all you need to take that important first step.

This inspiring guide covers all regions of North America, and demonstrates how lawns and gardens can flourish by replacing synthetic chemicals with balanced organic alternatives. It contains clear instructions on how to properly choose, feed, water, aerate and cut your lawn and garden plants, plus a glossary and an updated list of organic suppliers.

About the author

Carole Rubin's 1989 book How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Off Drugs sold over 20,000 copies and remains available through Harbour Publishing. Her work has appeared in Harrowsmith, Canadian Living and Lawn Care for Dummies, as well as a newspaper series on responsible living.

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Editorial Reviews

"The fact that Rubin has been pushing for this sort of approach to gardening for more than 20 years makes her voice an even more valid one."
-Stuart Robertson, Montreal Gazette

Montreal Gazette

"...we can have good lawns and food without poisoning our environment, and this book shows us how, with entertaining cartoons to boot."
-Annie Boulanger, Burnaby NOW

Burnaby NOW

"...Rubin...makes a convincing case against the indiscriminate use of pesticides..."
-Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun

"...Rubin's book still remains an excellent guide to the basic things gardeners can do to have healthier plots and reduce their impact on the environment."
-Carol Hilton, Canadian Geographic

Canadian Geographic

"Rubin is passionately in the anti-chemical camp. She makes arguments - both reasonable and emotional - for their immediate withdrawal and offers practical advice to gardeners about alternatives to pesticides."
-Ian Degrass, Coast Reporter

Coast Reporter

"...its the book that helped start the pesticide-free revolution that's sweeping across Canada."
-Edgar Dunning, Delta Optimist

Delta Optimist

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