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Pest and Disease Control
Gardens are naturally full of insects, and organic gardeners understand that many insect species are beneficial, even essential to the garden. Pest species are also a reality, though, and some pose serious challenges to the natural cultivation of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. Here on the West Coast other wildlife, such as birds, squirrels and deer, can also be a nuisance (an understatement!). The books we have selected below offer a range of information, tips and techniques so that the Coastal gardener can better understand - and better manage - pest species as well as plant diseases that commonly occur in this area.
by Neil Soderstrom
Finally, a book that covers a whole host of animals that can be pests in the garden, field, barn, or even in the home. While this book focuses on the challenges that deer can put to the home gardener, expert advice is also given on every animal from armadillos to bears. The book includes specific instructions on how to deal with beavers, chipmunks & squirrels, gophers & ground squirrels, rabits, porcupines, skunks, opossums, raccoons, rats & mice, moles, voles, and woodchucks! Learn to correctly identify the pest mammal, learn about its life cycles, and try to find humane and environmentally friendly ways of dealing with it. And learn when the experts need to be called in. This book includes a whole section on mammal-resistant plants, featuring over 1,000 species of flowers, shrubs, and trees.
7.5 x 9.25", 354 pages.
By Rhonda Massingham Hart
Dealing with unwanted deer is frustrating and challenging for even the most patient of gardeners and homeowners. Which repellents work, and which ones don’t? How long do they last? Which plants are truly deer-proof? What kinds of health risks do deer really pose? In this completely updated and revised edition of her popular book, Rhonda Massingham Hart shares the results of her research on deer behavior and food preferences, as well as her hands-on experience in successfully combating deer, from choosing the best fence to planting the most deer-detested plants. Deerproofing Your Yard and Garden is the best defense against unwanted deer, and an investment that is sure to pay off in protecting your landscape. 208 pages.
By Janice Elmhirst, Ken Fry, & Doug Macaulay.
Fully illustrated with photos and drawings of over 400 species of local insects, with an emphasis on gardening to attract the useful and beautiful ones, while repelling the worst pests. Surprisingly comprehensive and useful - and very good alue. By local B.C. authors, too!
By Jessica Walliser
"Who's who, what they do, and how to manage them organically." This book is a great departure from the traditional insect field guides. Its durable, covered ring binding and thick stock makes it possible to carry into the garden with you to compare the bug on your plant to the bug in the detailed colour photo. Furthermore, the book is nicely divided between garden creatures that are definitely pests, and ones that are beneficial, and worth encouraging. Each entry includes a basic description, how to identifiy damage, which plants are typically attacked, biological controls, preventative actions, and organic product controls. In the beneficials section, Walliser covers a general description, life cycle, pests they control, and how to attract and keep them. We really liked this book as a useful garden tool, and the committed organic approach of the author wins extra credits. 92 pages.
by Peter Haggard & Judy Haggard.
With coverage from British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the high desert, this field guide describes more than 450 species of common, easily visible insects and some non-insect invertebrates, including beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets, cicadas, flies, bees, wasps, ants, spiders, millipedes, snails and slugs. The more than 600 superb colour photographs, helpful visual keys, and clear colour-coded layout will make this book an invaluable resource for nature lovers and gardeners throughout the region. 296 pages.
by Linda Gilkeson
Completely Revised & Expanded!
Everything a Pacific Northwest organic gardener needs to know to manage pests, disease, and weeds for vegetable and fruit gardens, lawns, roses, and other ornamentals. This expanded edition includes 35 new entries for insects and diseases, updated information on safe, effective control methods, and over 200 photographs.
204 pages, 8½ x 11".
By Barbara W. Ellis & Fern Marshall Bradley.
Revised edition, with full instructions on organic techniques. A complete problem-solving guide to keeping your garden and yard healthy without chemicals. This book has terrific photos and text that help identify, prevent and cure plant problems. A thorough and easy-to-understand book that will make you the organic pest management expert in your neighbourhood. Good for both home and market gardeners. 408 pages.
by David Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth
More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don't have an obvious cause. What's a gardener to do? Don't panic — help is at hand. What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution.
7.5 x 9.5", 252 pages