Stonington Garden Club
– Beautification – Conservation – Education –
Now Available for Sale!
The Second Edition of
Earth Friendly Alternatives
to herbicides, pesticides, and household chemicals
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In 2002, Stonington Garden Club created a concise 46-page guide, Earth Friendly Alternatives to herbicides, pesticides, and household chemicals, to educate its members, the community, and other garden clubs about the dangers of frequently used gardening chemicals. It sold 3,000 copies, won two awards so far, and is still in demand.
Why is earth friendly gardening so important? As “Chilling Facts” throughout the booklet show, toxic chemicals don’t simply disappear. They fall onto people’s skin and into the air we breathe, wash into drinking water sources, cover the grass on which children and pets play, and build up over time in human tissues as well as those of produce and animals in the food chain. These chemicals contribute to many devastating diseases that have become common in only a few decades.
Synthetic fertilizers add to this chemical build up. They over-acidify the soil, killing beneficial microorganisms necessary for healthy plants, then wash into streams, causing excess nitrogen that depletes the water’s oxygen levels and ability to support life.
Chapter one of Earth Friendly Alternatives explains pesticides impact on human health. The remaining eight chapters outline easy ways to garden and clean organically, without chemicals. They cover improving the soil, garden pest management, animal pest deterrents, safe weed control, organic lawn care, smart watering, even plant cures for toxic soil (phytoremediation), and chemical free household cleaning.
Created as an educational project for Stonington Garden Club, its members would like to share what they’ve learned with other clubs and communities. This second, 60-page edition is now being offered at wholesale prices (for orders of 50 copies of more) to allow other clubs to increase awareness of these dangers in their community while raising funds for their own conservation projects.
Retail price: $6.00 each (see table below for shipping rates)
Free shipping on orders of 10 books or more to one address.
Wholesale sales for orders of 50 copies or more:
$4 each, plus shipping (see table below)
Make checks payable to The Stonington Garden Club
Mail to: Stonington Garden Club
P.O. Box 385
Stonington, CT 06378
Please be sure to state the number ordered and your shipping address.
Questions can be e-mailed to [email protected]
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The revised Earth Friendly Alternatives
Table of Contents
I Pesticides Impact on Human Health
Cancer and asthma are increasing
Pesticide use is going to increase
Don’t use chemical pesticides – use only organics and as a last resort
Be protected even if using organic pesticides
Children are especially vulnerable
II Improving the Soil
What kind of soil do you have?
Essential plant elements
Preparing the soil
Compost—a gardener’s best friend
Simple, single ingredients that work
So you really want to make your own compost
To contain or not
Soils and organic seed starting
III Garden Pest Management
What is IPM?
Beneficial insect controls
Pesticides: least toxic
Down to business suggestions
Ants, inside and outside
Tips for repelling mosquitoes and bugs
IV Animal Pests
Mice and other rodents
V Weed Control
Out, out, damned weeds
Avoiding certain chemicals
Read before you weed
Not all weeds are bad
VI Lawn Care
Feed the soil and not the grass
Rx for lawns
Drip irrigation and soaker hoses
Water less frequently
VIII Plant Cures for Toxic Soil
Environmental cleanup using plants
Some specific applications
Plants/trees and the toxins they remove
IX Household Cleaning
Products considered hazardous
4 Steps to reducing hazardous home products
Alternative cleaning products
Examples of environmentally safe cleaning
Reduce world wide chemical use
(Plus, 19 Chilling Facts about all the health risks and seven cartoons to make you chuckle instead of getting depressed by these little-known but well-documented facts.)