Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the Garden

Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the Garden

by Fern Marshall Bradley

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Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the Garden by Fern Marshall Bradley

With a wealth of information and tested advice, this problem-solving treasure gives gardeners every-thing they need to do battle with garden pests, diseases, and weeds—with safe, natural solutions.

Combining a troubleshooting approach with encyclopedic coverage and drawing on the most up-to-date research on biological and non- or low-toxic controls, Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver features:

• more than 60 vegetables, organized alphabetically from asparagus to zucchini
• individual pest entries on the 30 most common insect pests and how to combat them
• individual disease entries on the 30 most common vegetable plant diseases—including symptoms and causes and ways to keep plants disease-free
• a problem-solving approach to such favorite gardening topics as seed-starting, soil, weather, watering, crop rotation, fertilizing, transplanting, and season extension
• "Beyond the Basics" sidebars for those willing to go the extra mile to eradicate a problem in the garden in a safe and natural way

With numerous tips on prevention so gardeners can spend less time putting out fires and focus instead on producing higher-yielding and more attractive gardens, this will quickly become the trusted companion of every vegetable gardener.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605296180
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Series: Rodale Organic Gardening
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Fern Marshall Bradley is a writer and editor of books pertaining to sustainable living, organic gardening, and organic farming. She is the author of Building Raised Beds and Saving Vegetable Seeds, The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control, and Rodale's Organic Gardening.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Harvest     1
Alternaria Blight     9
Angular Leaf Spot     10
Animal Pests     11
Anthracnose     23
Aphids     25
Armyworms     28
Artichokes     30
Asparagus     34
Aster Yellows     39
Beans     40
Beet Curly Top     46
Beets     47
Beneficial Insects     51
Birds     62
Blister Beetles     65
Blossom-End Rot     67
Broccoli     68
Brussels Sprouts     74
Cabbage     79
Cabbage Loopers     86
Cabbage Maggots     89
Cantaloupe     92
Carrots     93
Cauliflower     100
Celery     104
Cercospora Leaf Spot     109
Club Root     110
Coldframes     111
Collards     111
Colorado Potato Beetles     112
Companion Planting     115
Composting     116
Corn     124
Corn Earworms     131
Cover Crops     133
Crop Rotation     142
Cucumbers     151
Cucumber Beetles     158
Cutworms     161
Damping-Off     163
Deer     164
Disease Control     172
Downy Mlldew     187
Early Blight     188
Earwigs     189
Eggplant     191
Endive     196
Fertilizers     199
Flea Beetles     205
Fleahoppers     208
Fusarium Wilt     210
Garlic     212
Gourds     215
Grasshoppers     216
Gray Mold (Botrytis)     218
Harlequin Bugs     220
Horseradish     222
Imported Cabbageworms     224
Japanese Beetles     228
Kale     231
Kohlrabi     234
Late Blight     237
Leafhoppers     239
Leafminers     241
Leeks     244
Lettuce     247
Melons     253
Mexican Bean Beetles     258
Mites      261
Mosaic     263
Mulch     265
Nematodes     271
Okra     276
Onions     278
Parsnips     284
Peas     286
Peppers     291
Pest Control     299
Pickleworms     321
Planting and Transplanting     323
Potatoes     330
Powdery Mlldew     337
Pumpkins     338
Radishes     339
Rhubarb     342
Rots     345
Row Covers     347
Rust     350
Salad Greens     352
Scab     355
Season Extension     356
Seed Starting     359
Shallots     363
Slugs and Snails     365
Soil     372
Southern Blight     378
Spider Mites     379
Spinach     380
Squash     385
Squash Bugs     391
Squash Vine Borers     393
Stink Bugs     396
Sweet Potatoes     397
Swiss Chard     401
Tarnished Plant Bugs     406
Thrips      408
Tomatoes     411
Tomato Hornworm     422
Turnips     424
Verticillium Wilt     427
Watering     428
Weather     431
Weeds     435
Whiteflies     446
White Mold     448
Wireworms     449
Illustrated Key to Insects     452
Resources for Gardeners     456
Recommended Reading     458
Index     460
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map     472

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Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been able to clear my shelves for much needed room by purchasing this book and donating the rest that this one book can replace. This book gives simple to understand and USEFUL advise for planning and growing your garden. It is arranged in an alphabetical format, so looking up information is a breeze. For pests, it includes illustrations of nymphs and eggs, as well as mature insects. The only drawback (for some) is that there are only illustrations, not photos. But the illustrations are more than enough to help you out. I highly recommend this one.
CEMacCallum More than 1 year ago
I am really happy with this purchase. I have used and referenced this book many times since planting my first seeds this season. Thankfully my garden is growing with good advice from this book.
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