Tuesday, November 10, 2009
book review: What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) by D. Deardorff and K. Wadsworth
Another very nice book that Timber Press sent me for review.
What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth, is a brand new gardening book. Lots of step-by-step drawings of how to figure out what's wrong with your plants.
First thing I did was to check on all the vegetable problems I've had recently. This kept my busy for a long time. Corn ear worms, apple maggots, late blight, Septoria leaf spot, slugs, ... This book is a wealth of very helpful information. Pictures of everything. And all organic solutions. Flow charts lead you from the problems to the solutions.
I love the photo of an apple tree with small paper bags all over it covering the fruit! A perfect solution for my apple pests. I'll use this method this year for my apples, as bags are easier to get than the knee-hi stockings I used before. (Hopefully my little pear tree will have fruits for me to bag this year too.) I'm also looking forward to trying beneficial nematodes for the corn ear worms. And I'm studying the slug section very carefully.... And reading about mason bee nests to increase pollinators....
In addition to step-by-step identification, drawings and photos, the book has complete background and explanation on diseases, plant conditions, plant parts and proper growth conditions.
Best of all is the book's message: "Above all, do no harm." Don't leap to a conclusion that your plant is dying and needs a toxic chemical sprayed on it. Instead, study it carefully and figure out the symptoms. Then identify the problem and apply a safe organic solution. Sometimes this means watering differently, or improving drainage. Maybe more or less sun. And sometimes you need to try a a series of solutions and then resort to a chemical. Organic approved chemicals are included.
You can find the book here.