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


Library Journal (01/01/2007):
Freelance writer Bradley (formerly a Rodale garden book editor) has penned a comprehensive, authoritative guide to organic vegetable gardening suitable for beginning to experienced gardeners. The engaging, easy-to-understand entries are arranged alphabetically and cover vegetables, plant pests and diseases, and gardening techniques ranging from beneficial insects to composting. Each of the 60 vegetable entries contains cultural information, secrets of success, regional notes, and tips for preventing and troubleshooting problems; each of the 30 pest entries includes a pest profile and control methods; and each of the 30 disease entries features a description of the disease as well as information on how to fight it and how to help prevent it. Bradley arranges the control methods starting with the least invasive in addition to explaining what to do if things go wrong after treatment. Gardeners are referred to other entries that offer additional information relevant to the topic, while "Beyond the Basics" boxes share information for more experienced gardeners. Black-and-white illustrations enhance the text, and a detailed diagnostic guide to vegetable problems concludes the book. Highly recommended for all libraries serving vegetable gardeners.Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly (01/08/2007):
This encyclopedic collection of gardening advice is, in the Rodale tradition, purely organic, albeit with a no-nonsense, 21st-century attitude. Extensive attention is given to tantalizing techniques such as cover cropping and dealing with deer damage (including what to protect, repellants and scare devices, and 10 kinds of antideer fences). The vegetable entries are equally comprehensive, with sections detailing "Crop Basics," "Secrets of Success," "Preventing Problems," "Regional Notes" and "Troubleshooting Problems." Drawings of pest-infested plants are helpful, and Bradley covers the gamut of solutions, from timed planting to crop rotation, barriers to repellants, wisely advising prevention as the first tactic and using (organic) insecticides as a last resort. The book is extensively illustrated with attractive drawings, although the choice of what to depict is sometimes mysterious; the image of flowering arugula is lovely, for example, although readers may wish they could see a picture of, say a disease called "aster yellows." the "new growth... pale and bushy, forming a witch's broom." For any gardener who needs to keep track of "crucial care" for squash, how to control cucumber beetles with a vacuum cleaner or any of the myriad details that arise every day in the garden, this book is a must.(Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Biographical Note:
FERN MARSHALL BRADLEY is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience in garden and nature books. A former garden book editor for Rodale, she conceived and edited several top-selling titles, including "Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and The Experts Book of Garden Hints. S"he lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York.
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."

Review Citations:
Library Journal 01/01/2007 pg. 135 (EAN 9781594863080, Paperback)
Scitech Book News 03/01/2007 pg. 122 (EAN 9781594863080, Paperback)
Publishers Weekly 01/08/2007 (EAN 9781594863080, Paperback) - *Starred Review
Contributor Bio: Bradley, Fern Marshall
Fern Marshall Bradley is a former garden-book editor for Rodale and a longtime vegetable gardener. She is best-known as the author of Rodale's "All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening" and Rodale's "Vegetable Garden Problem Solver." She has also authored or edited many other books, including "Reader's Digest's Vegetable Gardening". She lives in Greenwich, New York.

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