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 more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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