If you’re going to see your garden thrive, then it’s crucial that you stay vigilant and on the constant lookout for signs of pests and disease. Otherwise, it’s not unusual to see months and years of careful growing go instantly down the drain as your plants fall prey to aphids or other more serious diseases.
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way is a comprehensive tome to help you do exactly that.
This book does exactly what it says on the cover: it provides a fully up-to-date and comprehensive reference for organic gardeners trying to keep their plants healthy and safe. The book is rich with pictures to help make it easier to identify potential pests and other problems and these are combined with descriptions and information to help gardeners treat the problem and prevent it from arising again.
According to the publishers, ‘no other reference includes a wider range of methods for growing and maintaining an organic garden’. Moreover, it covers over 200 popular plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers.
This is a very well-written book from Fern Marshall Bradley, who has written and edited many books on the subject of organic gardening.
The main advantage of a book like this is having such a complete reference for easy identification of plant diseases and pests. This also has the advantage of catering specifically to an organic audience – which means that the solutions are all suitable for those who wish to stay away from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. There are lots of great ideas in here and it goes into a lot of detail on subjects beyond pest control.
The book enjoys a lot of very positive reviews on Amazon and quite clearly is a well-written and very helpful guide. One reviewer had this to say:
I found this book very informative with excellent color pictures to help me identify good and bad bugs in my garden, which is why I bought the book. It also has a ton of information about different diseases of plants. I have grabbed this book several times this summer to figure out what was ailing my plants. The book is definitely one that will get used over and over at my house!
While you may not consider this a negative, it is worth bearing in mind that the book is not purely a reference. Rather, it is split into sections. Part one focuses on how to build a healthy garden so as to grow strong and healthy plants.
This of course does tie into disease control and prevention but if you’re looking for something that you can purely dip into when you spot signs of disease, you may be looking for something a little more focussed.
One or two reviewers also mention that there could be some more photos and information regarding pests.
Overall though, this is one of the most thorough and comprehensive references for those looking to diagnose and treat problems affecting their plants. Every organic gardener needs a book like this one if they’re going to keep their garden thriving.