Upper South

August, 2007
Regional Report

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Shopper's Guide to Pesticide in Produce
Concerned about pesticides on vegetables and fruits? Not sure when it pays to buy organic or when conventionally grown ones are okay? The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce lists 45 fruits and vegetables, from the most pesticide-ridden to the least. The list is produced by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. For gardeners, this list is also useful in helping choose which fruits and vegetables to grow at home using organic methods.

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Alternatives to Peat Moss
It's not widely available yet, but keep a lookout in garden catalogs, nurseries, and garden centers for a replacement for peat moss called Organix. Made from anaerobically composted cow manure, it has all the good qualities of peat plus a neutral pH and low salt content. The environmental impact of peat mining has brought it into question, and since the waste from dairy farms is also an environmental issue, making a soil amendment from manure seems like a good solution. Coconut coir, made from the fiber of the coconut's husk and shell, is another alternative to peat.

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