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What's wrong with my vegetable garden? : 100% organic solutions for all your vegetables, from artichokes to zucchini / David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth.

By: Deardorff, David C.
Contributor(s): Wadsworth, Kathryn B [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2011Description: 249 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781604692839; 1604692839; 9781604691849; 1604691840.Other title: Whats wrong with my vegetable garden?.Subject(s): Organic gardening | Vegetable gardening | Vegetables -- Diseases and pestsDDC classification: 635 Summary: "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."-- Publisher's website.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Calling all vegetable gardeners! This book will become one of your most essential garden tools.

Are your tomatoes plagued by blossom end rot? Are your carrots coming up clumpy? You can find the solution to these problems and many more in What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden . This useful handbook will first teach you how to garden successfully with plant portraits of popular vegetables including details on growing season, planting techniques, and soil, light, and water requirements. Then, you'll find details on how to identify specific problems common to each plant and how to combat the problem with 100% organic solutions.

Includes bibliographical references (page 235) and index.

"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."-- Publisher's website.

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

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. Excerpted from What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichoke to Zucchini by David Deardorff, Kathryn Wadsworth All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Plant pathologist Deardorff and garden writer Wadsworth (What's Wrong with My Plant?) offer a systematic introduction to vegetable gardening for the novice gardener. The guide features information on planting times, soil requirements, light and water needs, and cultivation techniques. Each plant is illustrated with several full-color photographs. Guidance on which plant pairings are least susceptible to disease and infestation is also included. Perhaps most useful for the bewildered or frustrated gardener is the guide to common pests and diseases in the vegetable patch. For those who have never come face to face with an earwig or the ravages of the curly dwarf virus, the detailed photographs will be invaluable. Techniques for combating everything from hungry deer to fungal infections are included, as well as a resource list of nurseries and garden suppliers. Those looking for a well-illustrated, well-organized resource will not be disappointed. 389 color photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

For the eager novice or frustrated veteran home gardener, the potential rewards of growing one's own vegetables can be great, yet the perceived problems can also be overwhelming. The pests, diseases, and growing conditions that can plague plants from the humblest tomato to the most exotic artichoke are legion, and mastering these challenges can be daunting for anyone who wants to manage the home garden without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other chemical intervention. Deardorff and Wadsworth have compiled a guidebook that encourages growers to work in partnership with nature, stressing the use of beneficial polycultural plant partnerships as a key method for success. Plant portraits of most commonly grown, and a few unusual, crops contain concise information on cultural requisites and planting techniques, while special attention is paid to problem-solving strategies. 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 ensure growing success.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist