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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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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.
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.
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.
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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I really like this book. I'm still a 2 year novice gardener, trying to learn as I go. While it doesn't have all the answers to questions I come up with, it sure does help a lot... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathi Robinson
Still reading but lots of great information I will be using next spring.Published 9 months ago by BAN
lots of pictures, decent descriptions of problems. I think its helpful in some situations. however many problems seem to have only 'add compost next year', or 'choose resistant... Read morePublished 11 months ago by southern NH
Very good advice. May have to buy a second one, as I lent to someone (to whom is a blank) and I never got it back.Published 12 months ago by Gardening 1