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Natural gardening guidebook

Tools for living    Natural gardening    How-to tips and videos    Natural gardening guide

Use this helpful guide to natural techniques to control pests and weeds, encourage beneficial insects and grow a healthier yard and garden.

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This book is a cooperative publication of Metro and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. It was originally produced for Metro’s natural gardening education program. The goal of the program is to educate home gardeners about less toxic pest management practices in an effort to reduce the volume of pesticides entering the waste stream and regional waterways.

The guide contains strategies for

  • identifying and controlling pest insects, weeds and diseases
  • using least harmful pest control
  • identifying and encouraging beneficial insects
  • growing a healthy garden
  • resources for the gardener.


Neither Metro nor DEQ or any Metro or DEQ employee makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the products or processes disclosed in this list. Reference herein to any specific product or process, service name or mark, trade name or trademark, or manufacturer or company does not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by Metro or DEQ. The information herein is only intended to further the public interest by facilitating contact with entities engaged in supplying information or products related to integrated pest management.

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