Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Organic does not necessarily mean “safe”

19 juilletDon’t imagine that an “organic” label means “safe.” Some organic pesticides are relatively safe, it is true, in particular those that have a strictly physical action, such as soaps, horticultural oils or neem or are parasites or predators on a specific group enemies, such as Bt or nematodes. But Mother Nature also produces poisons, even deadly poisons. So be careful when applying biological products such as nicotine, rotenone and Ryana: these are pesticides ‘natural’ but toxic and should only be used as a last resort.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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