Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and GardenAuthor(s): Andrew Lopez

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0962976849

ISBN-13: 978-0962976841

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Andy Lopez is affectionately know by his numerous Hollywood clients as the “Gardener to the Stars” and around the world as the “Invisible Gardener.” As Andy explains, he is not the “Invisible Gardener” at all — nature is. “I am just one of her helpers.” His book offers practical, step-by-step ways to naturally:

— Control pests, including ants, snails, slugs, and common garden bugs
— Make easy household formulas with common soap, flour, and vinegars
— Grow nutritious pesticide-free vegetables, fruits, and flowers
— Restore the health of diseased or weakened plants and trees
— Save money and avoid harsh chemicals
— Build healthy soil

Andy has appeared on national radio and television programs including ABC Home Show, PBS The New Garden series, and has hosted a radio and television show, “The Invisible Gardener’s Workshop.”

All About Lime: A Basic Information Guide for Natural Building

All About Lime: A Basic Information Guide for Natural Building

All About Lime: A Basic Information Guide for Natural BuildingAuthor(s): Charmaine R. Taylor

Publisher: Taylor Pub (June 1998)

ISBN-10: 0971558612

ISBN-13: 978-0971558618

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All About Lime: A Basic Information Guide for Natural Building…by Charmaine R. Taylor. Many questions are answered in this booklet on lime and gypsum.

Explained are the differences between Type S and N, when to use each, how to make a natural cement, dry up mud on the worksite, and stabilize soil for earthen bricks (for Cinva Ram block presses and others). Lime is an amazing, very versatile building material which can be used on the ground, foundation, walls; for plasters, mortars, cements, garden and land tilth, and in the waste/septic systems.

Chapters on plaster and mortar give recipes and current recommendations on application and use. An interview with professional straw bale plasterers is included.

A complete history details how lime was used for building, and how it can be used again for an earth friendly alterative to Portland cement. Lists lime resources, bibliography. Illustrated, photographs, Technical articles on lime usage, 52 pages, booklet

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All about papercrete: And other alternative building materials

All about papercrete: And other alternative building materials

All about papercrete: And other alternative building materialsAuthor(s): Charmaine Taylor

Publisher: Taylor Publishing and Elk River Press (2001)


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Papercrete is an IDEA , a gift, a new (old) way to look at alternative building materials. By taking unwanted newspapers, discarded cardboard, old phone books, pizza boxes and junk mail you can help eliminate landfill waste and build anything from garden pottery and outdoor furniture, up to a full sized house! This book describes all known methods and practices using Papercrete.

“Papercrete” has been rediscovered about every 30 years. In 1948 an Idaho man, Walt Friberg turned cement, sawdust and diatomaceous earth into crisp building blocks for his home, and went on to help more than 30 others construct their homes. In 1978 Mother Earth news reviewed his still functional home and tried to re-promote the mix. But the Idaho governement-funded study support money dried up and another 30 years went by until Ken Kern experimented with sawdust and clay again.

You’ll read about the latest three “inventors” working with papercrete, and learn how individuals are experimenting and building. Complete houses have been built already, along with offices, privacy walls, workshops and other structures. Small projects like garden pottery (also called Tufastone- with specialized recipes) are easy to make. Mixing instructions and formulas are given, as well as descriptions for mixer construction and alternative options.This version has close up photos of Mike McCain’s new scissor blades and mixer design.

The book also includes descriptions of building experiments with woodchips, sawdust, peat moss, hemp, lime, weeds, EPS and paper adobe, which can be used just like papercrete. This is NOT a housebuilding how- to , but it will get you started on construction ideas away from traditional stick built housing. Papercrete mixes can be used for wall insulation, for sturdy interior plaster over adobe and other materials, as bricks for wall infill, as a slipform pour to build walls, as a poured floor or ceiling, and more, such as the outdoor garden bench I built.

You can begin by making test bricks and plasters using kitchen tools, and experiment on a small scale. Then move on to construct a simple privacy wall, a shed, doghouse, or other small project. 75+ pages with black & white photos and illustrations, tips and advice. Includes emails with pertinent information, and interviews with people who are building with this material, plus comments on building with paper adobe, and earth friendly materials from inventor Sean Sands and Mike McCain.

Book FORMAT: This is a high quality, xerographic document, comb bound, 75+ pages with black & white photos and illustrations. Includes floppy disks with color photos, sites and more papercrete information. If you want to try similar papercrete recipes on a small scale-sucessfully- get Making Concrete Garden Ornaments #1078, beautiful color photos of projects you can try in a weekend, for very little money.

Cordwood Construction: A Log End View

Cordwood Construction: A Log End View

Cordwood Construction: A Log End ViewAuthor: Richard C. Flatau

Publisher: Richard Flatau; Rev ed edition (January 1, 1988)

Paperback: 122 pages


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Cordwood Construction: A Log End View , is a great, smaller book on how to build a cordwood home, by author/builder Richard Flatau.

158 b/w photos,diagrams, and formulas; design ideas and good information on all aspects of constructing a home, with tips, and resources for the do-it-yourselfer. Sections on mortar mixers, types of wood, insurance, how to be mortgage free. And what Richard says he’d do differently from his 20 years experience!

Building with Lime

Building with Lime

Building with LimeAuthor(s): Stafford Holmes and Michael Wingate

Publisher: ITDG Publishing; 2nd edition (November 1997)

Paperback: 312 pages

ISBN: 1853393843

ISBN-13: 978-1853393846

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Lime has been used in building for thousands of years and, used well, it continues to be the best and most versatile binder in the world. The special characteristics that make lime particularly appropriate for certain types of building include its porosity and permeability (the ability to “breathe”) and exceptional smoothness of texture. Lime can be used in every building element from the foundation and floor to the walls and roof. Lime can bind sand or other aggregates to form mortar. A similar mix with slightly different aggregate makes plasters to cover interior walls or renders for external applications. Lime can be molded into decorative elements or used as paint. It can be added to soil blocks for greater strength and stability. Before Portland cement, lime was used extensively for building construction and civil engineering. When making repairs or renovating historic structures, it is often more effective to use lime instead of more “modern” materials. Every type of lime has its own particular virtues and limitations and the successful use of lime in construction requires knowledge and skill. The author’s considerable experience with lime in building is brought together into one volume to provide an invaluable source of practical advice. This book is a starting point for those considering lime as a building material, and as a general reference to the broad range of uses for lime in construction. The information will assist manufacturers, investors, suppliers, as well as builders and owners of the buildings themselves to understand its value. Many examples are presented that illustrate the practical and aesthetic advantages of lime along with its commercial potential.

Build Your Own Stone House: Using the Easy Slipform Method

Build Your Own Stone House: Using the Easy Slipform Method

Build Your Own Stone House: Using the Easy Slipform Method Author(s): Karl Schwenke, Sue Schwenke

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0882666398

ISBN-13: 978-0882666396

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The simple and functional beauty of a well-built stone house never seems to go out of style. Nearly twenty years after Karl and Sue Schwenke first constructed their Vermont home, their classic book has been revised, updated, and reissued for a new generation of readers.

Using the same easy “slipform” method of construction, the Schwenkes have over the years added to their original stone house and built barns and other structures. And their book is still the best hands-on source available for people interested in building a stone house “from the ground up.”

Build Your Own Stone House features straightforward and complete instructions on a variety of topics, including:

— The materials – stone, sand, cement, and others

— How and where to site your stone house

— Excavating the site, estimating the materials needed, and figuring the ground load

— Setting up, using, and removing the forms

— Pouring piers, footings, and basement walls

— Building the stone walls, corners, and door and window openings

— Constructing the floors, ceilings, and roof

— Building your own fireplace

Clear illustrations and useful tables round out the book, which also includes all-new information on the best options and materials for insulating your home.

About the Author

Karl Schwenke is a professional writer who lives with wife Sue on a farm in Newbury, Vermont, where they have raised strawberries, pigs and hay among other crops. Together, this couple has written the book Build Your Own Stone House, and Karl wrote the Storey title Successful Small-Scale Farming. His other work includes Sierra North and Sierra South from Wilderness Press, an organization in Berkeley, California, that he co-founded after graduating from college. Karl has also written In a Pig’s Eye (Chelsea Green Publishing).

Sue Schwenke is a teacher who lives with husband Karl on a farm in Newbury, Vermont, where they have raised strawberries, pigs and hay among other crops. Together, this couple has written the book Build Your Own Stone House.

Building with Stone

Building with Stone

Building with StoneAuthor(s): Charles McRaven, Chandis Ingenthron (Illustrator)

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 8, 1989)

Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN: 0882665502

ISBN-13: 978-0882665504

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April 17, 1998

An introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures: acquiring stone, tools, and step-by-step instructions.

Concrete and steel may weigh as much, but nothing can rival stone for its beauty and durability. Building With Stone is an introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures and projects by a man who has made stonework his vocation.

Throughout the book is Charles McRaven’s stonebuilding philosophy — that careful craftsmanship and time well spent during construction will repay itself many times over. The physical challenges will be offset by tremendous satisfaction and the knowledge that long after the builder is gone, the structure will stand as a personal and historical monument.

Based on years of experience, this book will educate the novice and inspire the seasonal artisan. A stonebuilder at any level will learn how to evaluate each stone and undertake each step in the procedure with an eye toward aesthetics and useful permanence.

In addition to introductory material on acquiring stone and what tools will be necessary, there are chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to build:

— walls

— buttresses

— stone fireplaces

— a barbecue pit

— a stone dam

— a stone bridge

— a spring house

— even a home or barn

The final chapter is on proper restoration techniques for stone structures.

Not just a how-to book, but also a good read, Building With Stone is sure to be a reference book and constant companion for all manner of stone journeymen, and will prove to be as enduring a volume as the structures it recommends.

About the Author

Charles McRaven is a stonemason and blacksmith, nationally known for building and repairing dozens of stone structures and log homes. He has written extensively on stone, including the books Building with Stone and Stonework, and articles for Country Journal, Fine Homebuilding, and many regional magazines. He lectures and conducts workshops and private courses in stone construction. Charles lives in Virginia.

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from Toronto, Canada , March 12, 1998
Introduction to Traditional Stone Masonry
This is an excellent first book for those who want to learn about building with stone as an old-world craftsman, rather than a money-hungry contractor or assembly-line modern mason. Charles McRaven does not fill his book with theory, but with practical methods and ideas which are true to proper masonry techniques but allow even the most novice to begin to lay stone right away. The anecdotal style of this book makes it an easy read, and inspires confidence to pick up that trowel for the first time!

Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building With Slipforms

Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building With Slipforms

Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building With SlipformsAuthor: Tomm Stanley

Publisher: Stonefield (March 1, 2004)

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN-10: 0473099705

ISBN-13: 978-0473099701

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You won’t need to be an expert stonemason or even have much construction experience to build your own house with one of the world’s most traditional building materials–stone. Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms contains all the information you’ll need to successfully build a stone home for yourself, from clearing the building site to topping the stone walls in preparation for roof framing.

While providing a wealth of information on a range of relevant subjects, Tomm Stanley uses an instructional narrative to lead readers through the process of building with stone and slipforms. This is the first book dedicated to slipform stone masonry in many years. Topics include:* Traditional stonemasonry and slipforming,* Basic geology and where to source suitable stone,* Passive solar principles,* Concrete making and techniques for molding and casting concrete, and * Methods for restoring recycled wooden windows and doors. There’s even a section on the usage of metric measurement written especially for Americans from the view of an American now living in a metric country.

Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing (Best of Fine Homebuilding)

Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing (Best of Fine Homebuilding)

Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing (Best of Fine Homebuilding)Publisher: Taunton (October 4, 2005)

Paperback: 160 pages

ISBN-10: 1561587788

ISBN-13: 978-1561587780

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To get the best remodeling results, you need solid advice from the best in the business. For Pros by ProsĀ® books bring you field-tested techniques and real-world experience from the expert builders and remodeling pros who write for Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Roofing, Flashing, and Waterproofing gives you the technical expertise and seasoned advice you need to protect your work from water, the home’s eternal enemy. Leaks large and small cause the majority of damage in the house, and efforts to prevent or repair that damage account for most of the money spent on home repair. This book presents the basic principles you need to know to waterproof residential structures properly to protect them from water intrusion and to prevent callbacks for flashing or roofing failures.

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and CommunityAuthor(s): William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, Helga Olkowski

Publisher: Taunton Press

Hardcover: 736 pages

ISBN: 0942391632

ISBN-13: 978-0942391633

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Hardcover, 715 pages
Publication date: July 1991
If you have a home, an apartment, a garden, or a pet (or, in some cases, housemates or tenants), you’ve probably got pests. And if you want to control pests, there’s no need to poison yourself. While the Green Revolution and DDT and other pesticides dominated the world of agribusiness, thoughtful scientists world-wide were simultanously and silently working on “Integrated Pest Management”, which is often as effective as pesticides at reducing or eliminating pests. From ridding your apartment of cockroaches to dealing with the regional deforestation threats of Gypsy Moths, this is the authoritative book on how to control pests by using the natural mechanisms of control that have kept our planet from being savaged, prior to our human disruptions.

Customer Comments 02/19/97:
The best book for what’s bugging you.
If it burrows, crawls, flies or wriggles, it’s got to be in the book “Common Sense Pest Control” by Sheila Daar, et al. This comprehensive guide to pests in all forms is a must for everyone who wants to safely rid their environment of common (and not so common) pests. The chapter on human body pests will be throughly enjoyed by kids who love to gross out their friends and family. Still, this book is a serious and comprehensive bible for gardeners, homeowners and apartment dwellers – anyone who’s feeling ‘bugged’.

Table of Contents

1: Basic Concepts

Chapter 1: Naming Living Things and Understanding their Habits and Habitats

Chapter 2: Natural Pest Controls

Chapter 3: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Chapter 4: Pest-Treatment Strategies and Tactics

2: Beneficial Organisms

Chapter 5: Meet “the Beneficials”

3: Pesticides

Chapter 6: Choosing the Right Chemical and Microbial Tools

Chapter 7: Some Useful Inorganics, Organics and Botanicals

Chapter 8: New Frontiers: Microbials, Pheromones and Insect Growth Regulator

4: Pests of the Human Body

Chapter 9: Pinworms

Chapter 10: Mites

Chapter 11: Lice

Chapter 12: Bedbugs and Conenose Bugs

5: Pests Inside the House

Chapter 13: Pests of Fabric, Feathers and Paper

Chapter 14: Kitchen and Pantry Pests

Chapter 15: Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms and Mites

Chapter 16: Mice, Spiders and Bats

6: Pest of Indoor Plants

Chapter 17: Detecting Symptoms of Indoor Plant Problems

Chapter 18: General Management Strategies for House Plant Problems

Chapter 19: Preparing for Least-Toxic Pest Control

Chapter 20: Controlling Pests of Indoor Plants

7: Pests of the House Structure

Chapter 21: Identifying Structural Pests and Eliminating Moisture

Chapter 22: Wood Decay and Preservative Treatments

Chapter 23: Termites

Chapter 24: Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees

Chapter 25: Wood-Boring Beetles

8: Pests in the Garden

Chapter 26: Garden Design and Maintenance

Chapter 27: Meet the Weeds

Chapter 28: Safe and Sane Weed Management

Chapter 29: Preventing Lawn Pests

Chapter 30: Least-Toxic Lawn Pest Management

Chapter 31: Pests of Food and Ornamental Gardens

9: Pest of the Community

Chapter 32: Pests of Shade Trees

Chapter 33: Rats

Chapter 34: Filth Flies

Chapter 35: Yellowjackets

Chapter 36: Mosquitoes

Resource Appendix