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Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the Garden Paperback – January 9, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1594863080 ISBN-10: 1594863083

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594863083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863080
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. This encyclopedic collection of gardening advice is, in the Rodale tradition, purely organic, albeit with a no-nonsense, 21st-century attitude. Extensive attention is given to tantalizing techniques such as cover cropping and dealing with deer damage (including what to protect, repellants and scare devices, and 10 kinds of antideer fences). The vegetable entries are equally comprehensive, with sections detailing "Crop Basics," "Secrets of Success," "Preventing Problems," "Regional Notes" and "Troubleshooting Problems." Drawings of pest-infested plants are helpful, and Bradley covers the gamut of solutions, from timed planting to crop rotation, barriers to repellants, wisely advising prevention as the first tactic and using (organic) insecticides as a last resort. The book is extensively illustrated with attractive drawings, although the choice of what to depict is sometimes mysterious; the image of flowering arugula is lovely, for example, although readers may wish they could see a picture of, say a disease called "aster yellows." the "new growth... pale and bushy, forming a witch's broom." For any gardener who needs to keep track of "crucial care" for squash, how to control cucumber beetles with a vacuum cleaner or any of the myriad details that arise every day in the garden, this book is a must. (Feb.)
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About the Author

FERN MARSHALL BRADLEY is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience in garden and nature books. A former garden book editor for Rodale, she conceived and edited several top-selling titles, including Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and The Experts Book of Garden Hints. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

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Fern Marshall Bradley is the former gardening books editor for Rodale Press. She is best-known for the best-selling Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, and has also authored or edited many books, including Reader's Digest's Vegetable Gardening.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for those who are new at gardening.
Kay H. Swindell
The book also contains information on crop rotation, companion planting, composting and many other topics - all organized alphabetically.
Sharon Tepe
This book is straightforward, easy to read, and very understandable.
Packrat

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Tepe on February 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am not a novice to organic gardening, but I have never focused on growing vegetables before. I bought this book thinking it would be a good reference book to get started. It is that and more.

The book is extremely easy to navigate; everything is arranged alphabetically. Under each vegetable there is a section on crop basics; site, soil, timing of planting, planting method, crucial care and harvesting. I was also very pleased and surprised to find information on growing each vegetable in containers, with the size of the container often mentioned. There is also sections for secret to success, regional notes, preventing problems and troubleshooting (diseases, pests, etc.)

If you are looking for a specific pest, these too are alphabetically arranged. There is a pest profile, pictures of the various stages, control methods and a control calendar. Under diseases, there is a description, crops at risk, etc.

The book also contains information on crop rotation, companion planting, composting and many other topics - all organized alphabetically.

I am sure that I will be using this book often during the growing season. I am now looking for a book just like this for growing organic fruit.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
In "Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver", lifelong organic gardener Fern Marshall Bradley has knowledgeably compiled and skillfully organized a wealth of practical, applicable, 'user friendly' advice and instruction on dealing with pests, diseases, weeds, and other problems that beset the vegetable garden. The solutions to these diverse issues that vegetable gardens must commonly deal with are based on the cutting edge of horticultural research and offer gardeners hundreds of organic and natural solutions for plant disease, pests, and weed problems. From polytape and mesh fences, to deer repellents, to flea beetle infestations, "Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver" offers safe, effective remedies that will enhance a vegetable garden's performance producing healthy, bountiful, 'bumper crop' yields. If you have a vegetable garden of your own, you need to avail yourself of the "Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver", Fern Marshall Bradley's essential 'how to' manual.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Enamelation ! VINE VOICE on December 19, 2009
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I like the fact that it's just about vegetables and doesn't go into turf or roses. There's just about every veg you can think of in here. Some of them are covered in great detail.

However, Rodale, like so many gardening authors are located "up north". I'm in Florida. I wish They had written exactly this book for the Southern gardener. A goodly amount of space is taken with problems specific to northern climes.

Still, there's a lot of stuff in here to know and being arranged the way it is, one stands a fine chance of getting right to what you need to know when you need to know it.

I'd like to have seen more information on the virtues of various soil additions. For instance, I know that cottonseed meal is about 7-1-1 and as it breaks down it acidifies the soil. I love the stuff. If I had not learned that elsewhere but knew that my soil was bursting with P & K, a little low on nitrogen and rather to alkaline --- this book would not have told me.

Over all well done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By spanky's mom on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is not a book you read from cover to cover. It is interesting to browse the topics though. Some of those are: beneficial insects, cut worms, companion planting, soil, composting, planting and transplanting, row covers, slugs and snails and many more. I would buy it again. When you want information, you look up tomatoes or whatever and find good information on growing and solving problems related to that plant. It has gardening ideas like making a cold frame from straw bales and old windows.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By youtoo on January 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I got this book in a used book store (the price here is only a few dollars more for a new one) and had a little buyers remorse after buying it (I don't like clutter or spending money). I sat down and started reading the book a little more in depth to decide if I wanted to take it back or not and I will not be taking this book back. I'm actually very impressed with the amount of information that is in this book. It has the basic info that a typical gardening book or the little dirt tag that is in a veggie plant when you buy- plus lots of other info on trouble-shooting problems with the plant/diseases/ and pests. It has every vegetable I'm interested in growing in it (which is a lot) and all of the common bugs, ect. It's a pretty thick book and it's all veggie. : ) This book is a very strong addition to my bookshelf and I'm glad I got it. It will be of a great use to me. I've read many vegetable gardening books and this is one of the best that I have come by.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Living it up TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I hope my title sums my review up neatly!
Bought this book on a whim figuring it couldn't possibly be horrible with Rodale's name on it.
Wow! Am I amazed at the bargain I got! This is possibly one of the best, most concise but comprehensive, well-illustrated gardening books I own.
The book is EXACTLY what it says...Vegetable Garden Problem Solver...and then a whole lot more.
Love having a section on each vegetable with very, very detailed information on pests and diseases for that vegetable.
On top of that there is information on beneficial insects, companion planting, proper plant rotation for the garden and a whole lot more.
This book is a fabulous value for anyone with a vegetable garden. Even if you have many, many other reference books this one is worth it's value just for it's organization and quick-to-find information.
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