What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini

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More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don't have an obvious cause. What's a gardener to do?

Don't panic — help is at hand. What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur,...

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Overview

More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don't have an obvious cause. What's a gardener to do?

Don't panic — help is at hand. What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution.

Among the book's highlights are:

  • Clear information about how to team with nature to create the best growing conditions for your vegetables.
  • Detailed portraits of the most commonly grown vegetables, including growth habit; information on the plant's season; temperature, soil, light, and water requirements; and best garden uses and planting techniques.
  • Illustrated problem-solving guides that enable you to identify at a glance what's ailing your plant.
  • Discussions of the most effective organic solutions, ranging from how to modify the growing conditions in your garden to how to cope with and eliminate specific pests and diseases.

If you care about raising the freshest, healthiest, most problem-free vegetables possible, then What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? will quickly become one of your most essential tools.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.”
Los Angeles Daily News
“Illustrated problem solving guides that help you to spot trouble and deal with it organically.”
Midwest Gardening
"A thorough description of various organic solutions."
— Jan Riggenbach
San Francisco Chronicle
"A comprehensive and chapter by chapter discussions of individual vegetables avoid the frustration of wading through generalized advice.
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."
— Viveka Neveln
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.
Midwest Gardening - Jan Riggenbach
"A thorough description of various organic solutions.
American Gardener - Viveka Neveln
"It's full of useful photographs, charts for diagnosing problems, numerous organic solutions, and hints for avoiding problems in the first place.
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

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691849
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 318,595
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Deardorff, botanist and expert plant pathologist, loves to write and lecture about how to grow healthier plants. As a research biologist David has lived and gardened in many environments, from the desert southwest to the maritime northwest to the tropics. Currently, he and co-author Kathryn Wadsworth can be found presenting workshops around the U.S. on a wide variety of topics, from ecology to gardening.

David earned his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington. He coordinated plant pathology research at the University of Hawaii and served as faculty advisor to the Master Gardener Program at Washington State University. He also co-founded Plants of the Southwest in Santa Fe, one of the first native plant nurseries in the country. He has served as Research Director at Island Biotropix, an orchid nursery and tissue culture laboratory which he co-owned with partner and co-author Kathryn Wadsworth.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.DDandKW.com.

Kathryn Wadsworth, writer, photographer, and naturalist, enjoys sharing the wonders of the natural world with others. While leading eco-tours around the world she has studied plant life and explored natural history from Australia to Alaska. Currently, she and co-author David Deardorff can be found presenting workshops around the U.S. on a wide variety of topics, from gardening to ecology.

In graduate school Kathryn studied film-making and communications at the University of New Mexico, where she made documentary films on a wide variety of topics ranging from the California Gray Whale to the impact of mining on the Navajo Nation. She has owned and operated a film production company, an orchid nursery, and a tissue culture laboratory. With her partner and co-author David Deardorff, she has lived and gardened in many environments, from the desert southwest to the maritime northwest to the tropics.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.DDandKW.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Don't bother -- very disappointing

    While this book could be useful to new gardeners, however it is very disappointing for experienced gardeners. Way too much cut and paste of the same information and not nearly enough plant specific information on the individual plants -- and pretty light weight on the pests -- lots of pests not even listed. Unfortunately I waited more than 14 days to even look at the book so I can't even return it -- which I would be very happy to do.

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