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

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by David Deardorff
 

From the bestselling authors of What’s Wrong with My Plant? comes the perfect companion for the edible gardener

We seek the satisfaction of nurturing amazing plants that become our platter of gourmet vegetables. We crave that moment when the flavor of a freshly picked tomato explodes in our mouths. Above all, by growing our own food,

Overview

From the bestselling authors of What’s Wrong with My Plant? comes the perfect companion for the edible gardener

We seek the satisfaction of nurturing amazing plants that become our platter of gourmet vegetables. We crave that moment when the flavor of a freshly picked tomato explodes in our mouths. Above all, by growing our own food, we know it is safe, clean, and chemical-free. The authors offer detailed plant portraits of popular vegetables complete with growth habit, growing season, planting techniques and temperature, soil, light, and water requirements. Rounded out with problem identification and organic solutions to these common problems, What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? will quickly become one of your most essential garden tools. 

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“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

“An authoritative guide to organic vegetable growing…organic gardeners will find it easy to grow vegetables and diagnose and organically treat common problems.”
San Francisco Chronicle

"A thorough description of various organic solutions."
Garden Gate

“ Those looking for a well-illustrated, well-organized resource will not be disappointed.”
Book News

"Hooray! Something to figure out what's bugging your vegetables."
American Gardener

"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."
Green Bay Press Gazette.com

"It's full of useful photographs, charts for diagnosing problems, numerous organic solutions, and hints for avoiding problems in the first place."
New Life on a Homestead

"Here's help to keep your garden plants healthy, recognize when they're not and apply the right organic solution."
American Reference Books Annual

"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.”
Juneau Empire

"An ideal read for gardeners looking to grow the healthiest, most problem-free plants and vegetables."
Midwest Gardening - Jan Riggenbach
"A thorough description of various organic solutions."
Los Angeles Daily News - Viveka Neveln

“Lavishly illustrated guidelines offer nearly infallible means of diagnosing and treating setbacks through easy-to-follow, cross-referenced charts. As foolproof as they come.”
The Chronicle Herald

"Keep this reference handy, especially if you're a novice gardener who's longing for success with veggies."
From the Publisher

“An authoritative guide to organic vegetable growing. . . . With this attractive book, organic gardeners will find it easy to grow vegetables and diagnose problems. Recommended.” —Library Journal

“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 insure growing success.” —Booklist

“Those looking for a well-illustrated, well-organized resource will not be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly

“An ideal read for gardeners looking to grow the healthiest, most problem-free plants and vegetables.” —American Reference Books Annual 

“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.” —Book News

“Illustrated problem-solving guides that help you to spot trouble and deal with it organically. The plant doctor is in!” —The Los Angeles Daily News

“A comprehensive index and chapter by chapter discussions of individual vegetables avoid the frustration of wading through generalized advice.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Full of useful photographs, charts for diagnosing problems, numerous organic solutions, and hints for avoiding problems in the first place.” —American Gardener

“Hooray! Something to figure out what’s bugging your vegetables.” —Garden Gate

“A thorough description of various organic solutions to vegetable problems offers a range of options.” —Globe Gazette

“Provide[s] a thorough method of diagnosing what’s wrong with the various crops of a vegetable garden.” —Halifax Chronicle Herald

“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.” —New Life on the Homestead

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604691849
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
645,347
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Read an Excerpt


Introduction. Prepare for Success
This book is all about growing healthy, organic vegetables at home, something that more and more of us are doing these days. We seek the satisfaction of nurturing amazing plants that become our platter of gourmet vegetables. We crave that moment when the flavor of a freshly picked tomato explodes in our mouths. Above all, by growing our own food, we know it is safe, clean, and chemical-free.

But we don’t wish to waste time, energy, and money getting our “locally grown” vegetables. Here’s the simple truth—the most effective way to grow healthy food in our own yards is to create gardens that replicate nature. By gardening in concert with the natural world, we garner many rewards. We profit from mutually beneficial transactions with the other creatures on earth. From the earthworm that enriches the soil to the bee that pollinates our crops, wild creatures work hard for our benefit. In return, let’s provide them with a safe and healthy habitat. Creating an intact, albeit artificial, ecosystem that functions the way a natural ecosystem does just makes sense. Nature is the silent partner who makes your garden work. And this book will help you to enjoy the bounty.
    
Following this Introduction, we present plant portraits of popular vegetables in alphabetical order. Each plant portrait gives you all the information you need to grow that beautiful, sumptuous vegetable and its kin: a description, including growth habit; information on the plant’s season; temperature, soil, light, and water requirements; and best garden uses and planting techniques. This part of the book helps you decide which plants you can grow, and how to plant them, as well as guiding you in their proper care. Finetune your choice of cultivar by having a look at the Appendix.
    
In each portrait, we stress the polyculture approach, where each plant’s nearest neighbor is different from itself. This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your plants pest- and disease-free. In the polyculture garden, pests have a difficult time finding their vegetable of choice, and diseases have trouble spreading from plant to plant.

If pests or diseases are already visiting your favorite vegetable, consult the Family Problem-Solving Guides. Each vegetable portrait directs you to the proper one. These visual guides will help you identify and eliminate pests and diseases in the garden. We supply you with a photograph of the problem, symptom descriptions, diagnoses, and page numbers to find solutions.
    
The final part of the book, “Organic Solutions to Common Problems,” presents in detail every solution listed in the problem-solving guides. Here you will learn how to change growing conditions to solve problems, and be introduced to organic techniques and remedies for garden pests and diseases, from deer to fungi. We urge you to use organic solutions and remedies for growing condition, pest, and disease challenges for three reasons. First, organic remedies are just as effective as synthetic ones. Second, we want everyone to have access to healthy, affordable, chemical-free food. And third, we want to protect and enhance the natural ecosystems that surround us. What works in nature will work for you.

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. 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.

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. 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, and with her partner and co-author David Deardorff, an orchid nursery, and a tissue culture laboratory.

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What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book gives detailed cultural information for over 40 vegetables. Photos of specific plant pathogens/problems in addition to symptom descriptions, diagnosis and a list of solutions (from least toxic to most toxic)allow the beginner to the experienced gardener to quickly identify and combat the problem.