452 pages, 680 color photos, 600 line drawings
Dealing with a sick plant is one of the most frustrating situations a gardener can face. More often than not, we have no idea what is causing the problem, or how to fix it. Fortunately, help is at hand. "What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?)" provides an easy visual system for diagnosing any problem - and matching it to the right cure. This innovative and easy-to-use guide is split into three parts. Part One presents easy-to-follow, illustrated flow charts - organized by the plant part on which the symptoms appear - that allow readers to accurately diagnose the plant.
The format is so simple it doesn't even require knowing the name of the plant; all you need to know is whether the problem is affecting the plant's roots, stem, flowers, or leaves. It does not matter whether the plant is a houseplant, perennial, vegetable, tree, or shrub. Part Two offers a 100% organic way to fix the problem. Whether it's caused by improper growing conditions or environmental factors, or whether the culprit is a pest or disease, every problem has a safe, natural solution.
Part Three shows photographs and drawings of stressed, damaged, and diseased plants that help with accurate comparison. Whether your garden consists of herbs on a kitchen windowsill, a vegetable garden, an elaborate backyard border, or a container on a patio, "What's Wrong With My Plant?" is an indispensable resource. If you can see it, you can fix it. Curing a sick plant just doesn't get any easier.
I wish I had [this book] sooner, so I could have prevented the spread of fungus. This is a valuable reference for gardeners of virtually any skill level and experience. -- Carol Michel Mr. McGregor's Daughter blog 20091026 Where does this book belong on my bookshelf? Front and center. -- Carol Michel May Dreams Gardens blog 20091020 A wonderful book for the gardener facing his/her first garden problems. It's also a handy reference guide for experienced gardeners. -- Dee Nash Oklahoma Gardening Examiner 20091030 A welcome reference book for any gardener, one to keep front and center on your bookcase so that when problems show up, you'll be able to avoid your worst plant nightmares and continue to have a garden as your own paradise. -- Carol Michel Southside Times 20091125 Has trouble-shooting flow-charts and solutions aplenty. -- Penny Carnathan Tampa Tribune 20091201 Almost as good as having your own consulting plant doc at hand. -- Valerie Easton Plant Talk 20091121 An answered prayer for all gardeners. -- Ken Druse Real Dirt blog 20091120 A book that will grow dog-eared and dingy from use, yet remain on gardeners' shelves for years to come. -- Karen Taylor Gist New Orleans Times-Picayune 20091205 You'll have experts waiting on your book shelf to help you. Because if you haven't asked yourself 'what's wrong with that plant' yet, you will one day. -- Deborah Roberts Garden of Possibilities blog 20091128 The smartest, best-thought-out book on diagnosing plant problems (and how to solve them) that I have seen in all my years as a gardener. -- Jodi Delong Halifax Chronicle Herald 20091206 It's like having a Master Gardener at your beck and call, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, any season of the year. -- Colleen Vanderlinden About.com 20091204 This is one of the best books I've seen for guiding the gardener through the maze of maladies that can visit garden plants. ... This book is a valuable tool and long overdue. -- Adrian Higgins Washington Post 20091210 An essential book for anyone who gardens. -- Jane Berger Garden Design Online 20091209 David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth have produced one of the best and most easily used keys to diagnosing a wide range of plant problems. ... Makes a great gift for any gardener. -- Cheryl Cadwell Warwick (RI) Beacon 20091216
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David Deardorff, Ph.D., is a plant pathologist and botanist who uses public speaking, writing, and photography to explain the science and beauty of the natural world. Together, David and his co-author, Kathryn Wadsworth,(www.deardorffandwadsworth.com) present classes and workshops with a focus on diagnosing and curing plant problems. They live and garden in Port Townsend, Washington.
Naturalist Kathryn Wadsworth shares her love for gardening and the outdoors through writing and photography. Together, Kathryn and her co-author, David Deardorff, (www.deardorffandwadsworth.com) present classes and workshops with a focus on diagnosing and curing plant problems. They live and garden in Port Townsend, Washington.