Thursday, May 31, 2012
What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden -- Book Review
What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden by David Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth is a photographic wonder of all kinds of vegetable plant problems. There is a colour photograph for each. It covers water, light and soil problems, but temperature as well. Then with each crop it gives a portrait from starting to growing. eg. when growing broccoli (always ensure an ample supply of cheese sauce) do not plant in the same bed or container where the broccoli grew or any cole crops -- “Cole crops” is a general term used to describe several vegetables in the mustard family, including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. All cole crops are cultivated varieties of the species Brassica oleracea. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1896.pdf -- or its relatives have grown in the last three years. There is also a whole section on organic solutions to common problems including nutritional solutions as well as some solutions for wildlife problems which do not involve a gun -- my personal favourite. They're cute until they eat your favourite plants or vegetables. An important guide for both vegetable growers but also to growers of other plants which may contract these problems. This book comes with my strongest recommendation.