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The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way (Rodale Organic Gardening Books (Paperback)) Paperback – February 2, 2010

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Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis, and Deborah L. Martin are former editors of Rodale Garden Books who coauthored the 1992 edition of this book.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rodale Organic Gardening Books (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Original edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605296775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605296777
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diane Hoffmaster on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been trying my hand at organic gardening for a couple of years now and I am learning, quite quickly, that it is NOT easy! I am so glad that books like The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control are around to help poor souls like me who just don't have much of a green thumb!

There are 4 parts to this book. Part 1 deals with building a healthy garden so that you can grow healthy plants. This section deals with composting, cover crops, and applying healthy supplements such as seaweed spray. (I have never heard of seaweed spray! I am going to do some research on that!) It also covers topics such as choosing resistant strains of plants and planting at the right time of year. Even a week or two change in when you plant can help avoid certain pests. I do wish there was more information on heirloom plant varieties, it seems like the hybrid plants offer more resistance to disease and the fewer diseases, the fewer treatments necessary, however I love heirloom plants for their uniqueness.

The second section deals with Symptoms and Solutions and the third is Identifying Pests and Diseases. These are very informative sections that takes each individual plant and describes every possible problem you could have with it. You can search by plant type (begonia, carrots, etc) or disease type (fungal, viral, bug, etc) There are some not so pretty pictures to help you identify your garden pest. I discovered that the spooky looking critter on my grape leaves is a leaf hopper. Now, I just move on to the next section on how to get rid of him!

The last section is an extensive collection of how to get rid of your unwanted pest or disease.
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I have been needing a book like this because my yard is filled with all sorts of plants from perennial flowers to fruit trees to annal vegetables to succulents. While i haven't quite formed a total relationship with this book, I am happy with the ability to look things up by plant or by pest. There could be more pest photos, but the ones they do have are very good and in color. I would like to see all stages of life for each pest.
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I got several books from the library to decide which i wanted to buy and this one was the best book out of all of them i looked at on the subject. Gives you a lot of great information in an easy to reference guide. Awesome book!
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I has been a gardener for more than 25 years, and an organic gardener for about 10 years. This is a great book where you can find a lot answers to problems related to the diseases of plants and how to control them using organic methods. Great reference book!
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I found this book very informative with excellent color pictures to help me identify good and bad bugs in my garden, which is why I bought the book.

It also has a ton of information about different diseases of plants. I have grabbed this book several times this summer to figure out what was ailing my plants.

The book is definately one that will get used over and over at my house!
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I use this book mostly as reference material. When I am curious about something happening involving a particular plant I can just look up the plant and am likely to find a possible diagnosis. It also has nice color pictures and information on insects.
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The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way (Rodale Organic Gardening Books) is a gardeners "must have" reference book. It is very informative and helpful, and one of the first books I've read that stresses the importance of soil properties and clean tool practices. So glad I bought this and now have it to refer to!
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this book has a lot of good information. i was looking for specific information on fungal gnats, the organic way. i was disappointed after getting the book on kindle as it did not even mention the fungal gnats. it does have a variety of ways to look up information, such as by plant, disease or symptoms, and includes some pretty good photo's. i was looking for something a little easier to use and something for a specific pest. i will use the book when i have to.
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