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 (Rodale Organic Gardening Books)
By Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis, Deborah L. Martin
One of the more paradoxical residents in the garden are insects. To the untrained eye, all insects seem like unwelcome interlopers in your mini paradise. However, many are beneficial, even if their looks seem menacing. On the flip side, you have ones that look like royalty (i.e. Harlequin Bugs), but will chew down a precious plant in a matter of days.
What to do? A degree in entomology would be ideal but there are constraints like time, money, and possible boredom. A quick (but invaluable) fix would be The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control.
The main attraction is the full color picture section of every possible pest or ally hanging in your garden. Full details on their detriment or benefits as well as ways to repel or attract them adorn each page.
But, wait, there’s more. The guide goes into over 200 popular plants from veggies to trees to flowers. Pictures detail certain diseases and how to control and eradicate them. There’s also a section on how to create a healthy garden from the get-go in order to prevent disease and pests later on.
Best of all, it’s done organically and sustainably.