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What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini (What's Wrong Series) Paperback – November 29, 2011

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For the eager novice or frustrated veteran home gardener, the potential rewards of growing one’s own vegetables can be great, yet the perceived problems can also be overwhelming. The pests, diseases, and growing conditions that can plague plants from the humblest tomato to the most exotic artichoke are legion, and mastering these challenges can be daunting for anyone who wants to manage the home garden without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other chemical intervention. Deardorff and Wadsworth have compiled a guidebook that encourages growers to work in partnership with nature, stressing the use of beneficial polycultural plant partnerships as a key method for success. Plant portraits of most commonly grown, and a few unusual, crops contain concise information on cultural requisites and planting techniques, while special attention is paid to problem-solving strategies. Lavishly illustrated guidelines offer nearly infallible means of diagnosing and treating setbacks through easy-to-follow, cross-referenced charts. As foolproof as they come, this guide presents clear, straightforward advice augmented by precisely illustrative photographs that will help ensure growing success. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Lavishly illustrated guidelines offer nearly infallible means of diagnosing and treating setbacks through easy-to-follow, cross-referenced charts. As foolproof as they come.”
(Viveka Neveln Los Angeles Daily News)

“Illustrated problem solving guides that help you to spot trouble and deal with it organically.”
(Library Journal)

“An authoritative guide to organic vegetable growing…organic gardeners will find it easy to grow vegetables and diagnose and organically treat common problems.”
(Midwest Gardening)

"A thorough description of various organic solutions."
(San Francisco Chronicle)

"A comprehensive and chapter by chapter discussions of individual vegetables avoid the frustration of wading through generalized advice."
(Publishers Weekly)

“ Those looking for a well-illustrated, well-organized resource will not be disappointed.”
(Garden Gate)

"Hooray! Something to figure out what's bugging your vegetables."
(Book News)

"This colorful guide to troubleshooting organic gardens provides detailed information on the treatment of diseases and elimination of pests for specific fruits and vegetables, and promotes a holistic approach to garden health."
(American Gardener)

"It's full of useful photographs, charts for diagnosing problems, numerous organic solutions, and hints for avoiding problems in the first place."
(Green Bay Press Gazette.com)

"Here's help to keep your garden plants healthy, recognize when they're not and apply the right organic solution."
(New Life on a Homestead)

"It’s the kind of book that you can take with you out into the garden, sit down beside a troubled plant, and flip through the photos and descriptions to diagnose the problem. Very, very helpful.”
(American Reference Books Annual)

"An ideal read for gardeners looking to grow the healthiest, most problem-free plants and vegetables."
(Juneau Empire)

"Keep this reference handy, especially if you're a novice gardener who's longing for success with veggies."
(The Chronicle Herald)

“They provide a thorough method of diagnosing what’s wrong with the various crops of a vegetable garden."

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Product Details

  • Series: What's Wrong Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691849
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a handy little book for insect, disease, and care problems in the vegetable garden. I'm a professional landscaper, and while I was trained in pest control, my horticultural education was largely limited to ornamentals. So in my recent forays into vegetable gardening, there have been a few problems that I haven't yet been able to figure out.

Ten minutes into this book, and I had two persistent issues solved. The most exciting discovery for me was that the rough, scabby patches on my pumpkins were caused by too much water! I didn't think I was overwatering, but when I thought about it, I realized that the plant with the problem was right at the center of my garden sprinkler, so it probably got more water than every other plant in the area. Knowing that was worth the price of the book, as avoiding scabby produce in future years will be something I'm greatly thankful for.

The layout of this book is set up for quick reference and problem-solving, so it's not a book that you need to sit down with and read cover to cover in order to benefit from. I'd definitely recommend it for gardeners who would like some quick help troubleshooting problems in their vegetable gardens.
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I bought this book hoping to find answers to problems growing common vegetables to help my customers when or if they call with questions. I read the reviews and figured that many 5-star ratings would result in a book full of answers. For example, cucumbers flowering but not bearing fruit -- is it a deficiency of some sort? No doubt. One would expect an answer such as which nutrient is deficient and how to amend/improve the situation. This book references the "start with good soil" section of the book, which I regard as insufficient advice for a trouble-shooting book.

What I also found in this book is that, instead of problems/solutions by vegetable type, it would seem that nearly every vegetable detailed is "very easy to grow" and the authors "doubt you will encounter any trouble growing them". I also should have listened to one review bemoaning the cross-referencing that occurs in this book - I found myself paging back and forth all over in an attempt to find anything that was relevant.

Also, perhaps worthy of mention, is that I am an organic gardener with over 30 years of experience and also own a business selling vegetable bedding plants, so I am not an inexperienced gardener/grower. This book was very disappointing. The photos were lovely, but there really is no information in this book that any novice gardener wouldn't know. Plus, there are many other organic growing and pest control measures (above and way beyond insecticidal soap) that exist that were not even mentioned.
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Problem solving: With great illustrations, it will be hard to go wrong figuring out what's wrong with your plants. Once you've got the issue pinpointed, detailed instructions on what to do about it, give you and your garden a better shot at making it through.

Plant-specific guidelines: Whether you're growing artichokes, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, or zucchini, this book provides instructions on everything from planting time to soil prep, temperature and water requirements.

Once you've figured out the issues with your precious garden pals, the problem solving section of the book is divided into families of plant types, making it easy to diagnosis and treat whatever your problems might be, pests or plague.

Since this book is all about the organic, solutions are presented in terms of temperature, soil, light and water first. Organic ways of eliminating pests, large and small, are also discussed.

I will be referring to this book over and over again. A beautiful and practical guide to making your garden the best it can be.
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I am an avid gardener, and grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits trees in my back yard. Problem, is there ARE a lot of pests and at times my climate is not ideal. Now I have some help, because this book is just what I've been looking for.

The book covers how to control pests and fungus organically without the use of strong pesticides or other harmful products. The text covers step by step how to address common problems with most kinds of popular vegetables, including: cabbage, lettuce, peas and more! There are tons of pictures so you can easily identify the problem. The language is quite accessible and easy for a novice to understand. This isn't meant to be read cover to cover, as some text is repetitive, but it is a useful reference guide that you will refer to over and over.

I particularly found the helpful tips on how to mulch a garden using cardboard boxes, and different suggestion for how to handle the mold on my squash useful. I also am interested in trying polyculture gardening which I am curious to try.

Overall this is a welcome addition to any gardener's resource bookshelf.

Reviewing copy courtesy of Netgalley.
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As a small vegetable farmer I found this book to be packed with lots of information, but lacking in depth of symptoms and cures. This may work for small gardening tips in general but not for extensive results of larger market gardening. I gave the rating of three stares because I found this guide to be lacking for my use.
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