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)

With growing consumer awareness about the dangers of garden chemicals, turn to The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control (by Fern Bradley) as the most reliable and comprehensive guide on the garden shelf. Rodale has been the category leader in organic methods for decades, and this thoroughly updated edition features the latest science-based recommendations for battling garden problems. With all-new photos of common and recently introduced pests and plant diseases, you can quickly identify whether you’ve discovered garden friend or foe and what action, if any, you should take.No other reference includes a wider range of methods for growing and maintaining an organic garden. The plant-by-plant guide features symptoms and solutions for 200 popular plants, including flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and fruits. The insect-and-disease encyclopedia includes a photo identification guide and detailed descriptions of damage readers may see. The extensive coverage of the most up-to-date organic control techniques and products, presented in order of lowest impact to most intensive intervention, makes it easy to choose the best control.

Community Review 

  • If you are a organic gardener and are not interested in chemicals, this is the book for you. I have not seen any mention of chemicals so far. This book starts off with information about a healthy soil. It talks about composting and cover crops to get healthy soil. From that point, it starts going into details by vegetable, fruit or nut. Once you get to a specific plant, it talks about the culture, problems for that plant, how to solve the problem organically and to avoid the problem in the future.
    This book has quite a lot of pictures of pests and diseases. While some pictures are small, a magnifying glass will help since the pictures have a lot of detail Most should be fine without a magnifying glass.
    This book has a lot of information in it for a fairly small book. The font used is good enough that I can read it without resorting to using a magnifying glass. If you have vision problems like I do, this should be readable.
  • I am sad as I purchased this book for a local teenager who is a part of a youth homes program. The request was for an organic gardening book. As excited as I was to receive this book to wrap up, I was very disappointed to see how bent the front cover is. I would like to return it for one that is not bent, but there is a deadline to get the gifts in and I’m unsure that a replacement would come in time for me to get it there. Bummer.
  • Living in an apartment and our only way to garden is in a community garden. With the variety of plants around and poor upkeep of some garden lots, pests and diseases spread quickly. Garden first time last year and had to do intensive research on the internet to keep a head to the pests and diseases in our veg garden. With this book and another, we will have a good instant resource to refer too. One problem with the internet is there has been few resources with pest/ disease identification/ pictures and solutions in one place. We spent endless hours trying to identify a beetle. Even with it identified there where few resources on control of the pest. Seems that many gardening tips/ techniques and expertise are still in books.
  • This book is a wealth of knowledge. It has so many gardening ideas/techniques from A to Z. Truly! I’ve been gardening for a couple of years now but didn’t feel that I was really getting the hang of it as much as I could. I already had put in raised beds. But I like how this book has provided information on how much I could plant in one area (like bunched all together and such) and different schemes of planting. Sure, it says how to plant on the back of the seed packaging, but there is more planning into it than you would think. I will also regularly forget what plants like others and which ones don’t. Not anymore! This book has the full list. Watering plants. No brainer right? Wrong! At least if you want your garden to be growing at it’s very best. Of course, that’s even included in this book. I really like that this book also involves soil and how important it is and how to check it. Moving from another state where some vegetables grew so well to this state where those same plants struggle has been difficult. I’m going to have really invest into the soil this year and I’m grateful that this book explains the steps on what I need to do. There really is so much more about this book but unfortunately I don’t have time to write a novel. My favorite part of this book though is the glossary of information about each vegetable you’d ever even think about planting. Each page includes: the name of the vegetable, information about it, where they like to been sown and grown, seed depth, germination soil temperature, days to germination, when to sow indoors (or not to), when to sow outdoors (or not to), growing pH, growing soil temperature, spacing in beds, watering, light needed, nutrient requirements, rotation considerations, and seed longevity. Seriously helpful no matter how short or long you have been gardening.

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