The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control Paperback – May 15 1996
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An excellent handbook with entries for common fruits, flowering plants, vegetables, and trees. Each listing has information on disease and pest problems and tips on how to solve them without chemicals. Especially useful sections feature photos of garden insects and diseases. (LJ 6/1/92)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“This book is our most helpful resource on pest control. It's the first book we turn to for solutions.” ―Terry Gips, President, International Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
“Every year, we review hundreds of books on how to manage soils and pests organically and how to reduce the use of toxic materials. We're excited at the quality and completeness of The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control and recommend it to our clients.” ―Bill Wolf, President, Necessary Trading Company, New Castle, VirginiaSee all Product Description
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Many books addressing insect and disease control problems would have you believing gardening is chemical warfare! Following their advice, I acquired an arsenal of chemicals in my garage that would kill virtually any creepy crawly thing that dared slither into my garden.
What these books failed to tell me is the more you use these chemicals the more you need to use them. In a sense, your garden becomes addicted to them, as they kill all or most of the natural organisms in the environment that help your plants combat natural occurring bacteria, viruses and insects. Eventually your plants' only defense to such pathogens is your habitual spraying.As The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control explains, if left to its' own devices, nature will frequently correct the imbalances that caused the disease or insect problem long before any serious damage is done. This book clearly explains how plants naturally defend themselves against pathogens and how we can help them without harming the environment. It's no-nonsense, common sense approach to gardening makes you wonder what the human race was thinking of when we created all those dangerous chemicals.Every gardener wants his or her garden to be perfect. However, sometimes we get carried away, forgetting that earthly gardens are not sanitized portraits of heaven. This book brings us back to reality and reminds us to enjoy nature, not fight it.
This is definitely one of the best gardening books I have read in a long time!
However, if you are considering this book, don't let that very minor detail stop you. This is definitely one that should be on every gardner's shelf! It is a wonderful reference.
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My wife is studying Horticulture. The books will help in her new career.Published 6 months ago by Aloysius MacNeil
This book is recommended by the Illinois Mastergardeners as a great reference book/diagnosis tool to have on hand. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Paul's Nana
I have lots of organic gardening books and this is one of the best overall. It is detailed, informative and written in an easy to understand manner. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Debbie A Dallas Kennedy