I find organic gardening to be an odd beast. A search on the internet would have you believe that the gardening world is overwhelmingly organic fanatics, while anyone who uses any sort of chemicals is akin to rapists andÂ Osama Bin LadenÂ .
I have long found this view to be disturbing. Just because something is natural does not mean it is good. Cocaine, heroine and dog feces are natural elements, but I am not so sure that you would want to put these natural, plant and animal derived bi-products in your body (unless you were rich, famous and wanted to die at the height of your career).
So when I was approached to review the book “The Truth about Organic Gardeningâ€ by Jeff Gillman, I was intrigued. You mean the organic world is not black and white? You mean that the national media is allowing the people to publish information that does not follow the politically correct lines that the world should all be organic and those who are not, are slowly killing the Mother Earth?
The book covers the pros and cons of both organic and chemical treatments for your garden, and almost every treatment has a pro and con. The information was unbiased and laid out so that you could make an informed decision on what treatment works best for your situation.
What was even better was that I found the book to be well organized, so that it could be a reference book when you needed it. Want to add corn gluten to your garden? You can find that quickly and see if that would be a good choice for your yard. Thinking of using Round-up? You can find out hard facts (as opposed to fanatical rhetoric) to decide if this is a good choice for your garden.
I also like the fact that Dr. Gillman touches on a subject that is frequently left out of all the talk about organic gardening, and that is the local aspect. For example, using diatomaceous earth is technically “organicâ€ but how much a part of the environmental moment is it if you ship it in from 3,000+ miles away?
This is a book that I felt had no hidden agenda, but really did lay out the facts clearly so that you could decide the best options for your garden.
As an extra bonus, I was able to interview Dr. Gillman, so if you pop on in tomorrow, you can read that interview. You can find out a little more about the man who dares to buck the popular media opinion that organic is the only answer.
I do recommend that you read this book and its companion, The Truth about Garden Remedies. It is time we took back the gardening world and made it what it was intended to be, a hobby (or obsession) and not a political agenda.
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