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What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies (What’s Wrong Series) Paperback – November 5, 2009
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“This is one of the best books I’ve seen for guiding the gardener through the maze of maladies that can visit garden plants. . . . This book is a valuable tool and long overdue.” —The Washington Post
“Bases its tutelage on progressive drawings that will help puzzled gardeners diagnose the troubles. Another plus: Suggested remedies are organic.” —Chicago Tribune
“A handy reference book for figuring out how to help your plants stay healthy.” —Garden Gate
“Almost as good as having your own consulting plant doc at hand.” —Plant Talk
“An essential book for anyone who gardens.” —Garden Design Online
“An answered prayer for all gardeners.” —Real Dirt
“It’s like having a Master Gardener at your beck and call, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, any season of the year.” —About.com
“A great resource for gardeners at any skill level.” —San Jose Mercury News
“The idea behind What’s Wrong With My Plant? is so obvious that I almost gave myself a head slap for not thinking of it first. . . . A phenomenal resource for the serious gardener as well as for hobby gardeners who just want to know why some flowers wilt and die.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“It was with great joy and relief that I opened an envelope. . . with What’s Wrong With My Plant? My excitement heightened when I saw that authors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth had approached the subject organically.” —Oregon Live
“A combination of drawings, photos and easy to understand advice on organic methods for diagnosing and treating a whole host of plant issues.” —Stonington-Mystic Patch
“Whether your garden consists of herbs on a kitchen windowsill, a vegetable garden, an elaborate backyard border, or a container on a patio, What’s Wrong With My Plant? is an indispensable resource. If you can see it, you can fix it. Curing a sick plant just doesn’t get any easier.” —Growing a Greener World
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Part 1 presents easily understood, illustrated flow charts—organized by the plant part on which the symptoms appear—that enable you to accurately diagnose what is ailing your plant. Part 2 tells you how to fix the problem; whatever the cause—growing conditions, pests, or disease—you’ll find a safe, organic solution. Part 3 is a photo gallery of common problems; compare your plant to a photograph in order to verify the malady you’re dealing with.
Whether your garden consists of herbs on a sunny windowsill, a vegetable plot, an elaborate mixed border, or a container on a patio, What’s Wrong With My Plant? will be an indispensable resource. You don’t even need to know the plant’s name. If you can see it, you can fix it. Curing a sick plant just doesn’t get any easier.
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The authors combine drawings, photos, and prose with a no-fault process that anyone can use...homeowners, landscapers, lawn maintenance crews, everyone! Nurseries oughta hide one in the back room, so they can return to a questioning customer with brilliant, accurate advice. WalMart and the big box stores, ought to stock the book, too!
I got the hardback verson and I'm glad I did because this is a lifetime resource. And, I'm also giving a few copies away as Christmas presents, knowing full-well that they'll be actually be used by the recipients for a long time hence.
It is important to not that it's not entirely comprehensive. There are lots of bacteria and viruses that look very different from the examples given in the book, and the symptoms shown in the book can look very different in different species of plant. The book functions as a basic starting off point, to help you narrow down what might be the issue, but for some of the more obscure issues, using the book in combination with google search may be necessary.
Second hurdle is getting a proper soil analysis especially if you have calcareous soil that can be determined by taking a soil sample, drying it in the oven for about 2 hours @ 175 degrees, then pouring some white vinegar on the dried soil. If it fizzs, you have calcareous soil and need some special testing called an AA extraction @ a higher pH to get usable numbers.
Third, potential problems are with diseases and insects that can ruin your plants. That is where this book excels. It may seem to lead you on a "wild goose chase" sometimes, but eventually I came to answers that have been confirmed as correct by other sources each time. I wish it was an easier process, but this book shows how there are many variables involved in getting to the bottom of plant problems, and few "master gardeners" are willing or able to provide this level of advice.
If they ever find a way to reduce the number of pages you have to skip around to in reaching the solution, it would be perfect. The only way I can see this happening is with a computer program version of the book. Until that is available, this is a fantastic accomplishment in providing great advice to any gardener willing to learn. The authors deserve publishing award for creating a masterpiece of helpful and useful information.
On the up-side, it is an informative read, not so much if you're trying to ID a specific issue, but just to know what things to look for in the future.
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