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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are serious about organic gardening, then this is the book. If you are looking for a casual read...press on! This book digs deep!Published 1 month ago by Karen P
Book is a good read and has good explanations...... but really needs more photos and larger photos to make it easier to understand disease processes and remedies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KNOWSTRUTH
Great book for almost any problem you'll encounter in your garden.Published 2 months ago by Ryan Batten
good book with pictures and environmentally friendly ways of controlling pests.Published 3 months ago by Shirley Heisey