The Gardener's Guide to Plant Diseases: Earth-Safe Remedies

The Gardener's Guide to Plant Diseases: Earth-Safe Remedies

by Barbara Pleasant


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Expert Barbara Pleasant shows you how to easily identify common garden diseases and then provides simple, inexpensive, organic treatments to heal your plants and prevent recurrence. The entry for each disease describes the organism that causes it, lists the host plants and U.S. regions where it is typically found, describes the signs to look for, tells you what to do right away, and explains how to prevent the disease in the future. The book even includes a crop-by-crop guide to what might be affecting your particular plants. You’ll quickly be enjoying a healthy, and thriving garden!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882662749
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 01/02/1995
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara Pleasant has been covering organic gardening and self-sufficient living for more than 30 years. A contributing editor to Mother Earth News, Pleasant has garnered multiple awards from the Garden Writers Association and the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She has written books on topics ranging from compost to weeds, including Homegrown Pantry, Starter Vegetable Gardens, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide (with Deborah L. Martin), The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Gardener’s Bug Book, The Gardener’s Weed Book, The Gardener’s Guide to Plant Diseases, and Garden Stone. Her columns and articles appear regularly in Mother Earth Living magazine and at and on other informational websites. Pleasant lives in Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, and fruits along with a few chickens, who all have names. 

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Gardener as Plant Physician: An Overview of Backyard Plant Pathology

Chapter 2 Ailments from the Earth: Plant Pathogens that Live in Soil

Chapter 3 Mobile Marauders: Airborne Pathogens that Persist in Host Plant Tissues

Chapter 4 Blotches, Spots, and Specks: Leaf Spots and Other Foliar Diseases

Chapter 5 Deadly Conspiracies: Insect-Vectored Bacterial Diseases

Chapter 6 The Tiniest Terrors: Viruses and Their Vectors

Chapter 7 Nightmare Nematodes: Root-knot, Lesion, and Other Nematodes

Chapter 8 Great Masqueraders: Common Plant Problems that Resemble Diseases

Chapter 9 What's Ailing My Garden? A Quick-Reference Table to Diseases Affecting

Common Garden Crops


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