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The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden & Yard Healthy Without Chemicals Hardcover – July, 1992

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Don't start spraying chemicals around just because a few bugs dot the garden, advise Ellis and Bradley in the new edition of this thoroughgoing guide. Instead, first identify the insects--they may in fact be beneficial predators. If they do turn out to be pests, determine whether the damage they are doing merits annihilation or acceptance. Ever in the forefront of the latest developments in organic gardening, Rodale's editors here stress plant health care. As they repeatedly demonstrate, preventive cultural techniques--planting appropriate cultivars, mulching, seasonal cleanup--will keep harmful insects and diseases from getting the upper hand. But for the gardener who wants to know what those red blisters are on the currant leaves, or why the lilac bushes are covered with white powder every July, this is an invaluable trouble-shooting guide. The book's first section contains alphabetical entries for commonly grown edible and ornamental plants, with lists of symptoms and their remedies, all cross-referenced to illustrated entries for insects and diseases and cultural, biological and "organically acceptable" chemical control methods. Photos not seen by PW . (July) *CHILDREN'S *BOOKS*
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This well-organized, clearly written book is arranged in four parts: Your Healthy Garden, Insects, Diseases, and Controls. The core of the book is the first section, a plant-by-plant guide to pests and diseases. Entries are alphabetical by scientific name, from Abies through Zinnia , and include culture data. Entries in the sections on insects and diseases are illustrated by color photographs. Although the insect advice given is helpful, it is limited compared with Bernice Lifton's Bug Busters: Poison-Free Controls for Your House & Garden ( LJ 3/15/91 ). However, Bug Busters gives limited information on plants. Thus, the two books complement each other nicely, and many gardeners will want both. Also included in this handbook are a U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone map and a list of sources. Recommended for gardening collections.
- Annette Aiello, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Panama
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Pr (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087596124X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875961248
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw a similar book published by Ortho as my local Agway. This book has proved its hefty weight when it comes to identifying good vs bad insects in the garden. Prior to this, I would just kill all insects. Love the pictures and discriptions of bugs and leaf problems. If I misdiagnose the culprit behind my leaf damage, I would be applying the wrong organic remedy. Every Gardener should own this book. If by chance you can find the samiliar book by Ortho, buy that one too!
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How to keep pests and plant diseases from your garden without using chemicals and pesticides, using companion plants that encourage the presence of beneficial insects to fertilize your plants and prey on the destructive bugs.
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By Kris Hale on February 20, 2015
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very helpful book!
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By Robert D. Graham on April 24, 2015
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Good reference.
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