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

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

by David Deardorff, Kathryn Wadsworth
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Deardorff and Wadsworth (coauthors, What's Wrong with My Plant?), who present gardening workshops together, here offer what is in effect an authoritative guide to organic vegetable gardening. They begin with general cultural information in a short introduction, followed by the A-to-Z "Plant Portraits" section, with specific cultural, planting, and troubleshooting information for each vegetable. Next, the "Family Problem Solving Guides," arranged by plant family, help gardeners identify specific problems and include a color photograph of the pest or the diseased plant, symptoms, a diagnosis, and organic solutions listed from nontoxic to most toxic, with the authors recommending use of the most toxic ones only if all else fails. The book concludes with "Organic Solutions to Common Problems," with information on everything from modifying growing conditions to providing a healthy environment. A list of resources rounds out the book. The color photographs of the vegetables and gardens are stunning, and the ones of the pests and diseases clearly illustrate the symptoms. VERDICT With this attractive book, organic gardeners will find it easy to grow vegetables and diagnose and organically treat common problems. Recommended.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692839
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(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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