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What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies

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 system for visually 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  where on the plant the symptoms appear — that allow readers to accurately diagnose the problem. 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 its 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.  From improper growing conditions and environmental factors, to molds, pests, and diseases, 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.

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3 comments to What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies

  • M. Bosque "Miklos"

    How’s this for a review: BUY THIS BOOK! I just received my copy of “What’s Wrong with my Plant?” this week, and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wished for a resource like this! It’s, at once, straight-forward, but detailed and complete. And, I don’t have to know the Latin name for my plants or trees (or vegetables, for that matter). There is a caution — it is 451 pages long, BUT the good news is that you don’t really have to read it all for it to work.The authors combine drawings, photos, and prose with a no-fault process that anyone can use…homeowners, landscapers, lawn maintenance crews, everyone! Nurseries oughta hide one in the back room, so they can return to a questioning customer with brilliant, accurate advice. WalMart and the big box stores, ought to stock the book, too!I got the hardback verson and I’m glad I did because this is a lifetime resource. And, I’m also giving a few copies away as Christmas presents, knowing full-well that they’ll be actually be used by the recipients for a long time hence.

  • Michael McKee "mystic cowboy"

    Finally a system for plant problem diagnosis First, the disclaimer. David Deardorff worked for the Extension Office in the county where I was a Master Gardener. That was in the late 90s. Saying that he is knowledgeable is like saying the ocean has some water in it. I was impressed by him then and only have my esteem for him increased by this book.There are a number of books available that cover plant problems. The problem, until now, is that none of them include a systematic method for nailing down the source. You browse the book until you find a photo that looks like your problem plant then read. If you’re lucky the book has a good index that uses the same terms to describe problems that you do. Having spent untold hours in Master Gardener plant clinics helping people diagnose plant problems I would have loved to have had this book back then.In What’s Wrong With My Plant, Deardorff and Wadsworth offer us a straightforward diagnostic *system*. There’s a step-by-step flowchart method for figuring out what’s wrong. The method is brilliant and what’s even better, it’s explained well, in easy to understand language. That’s the first part of the book. The rest of the book is the typical encyclopedia of photos and descriptions. The photos are clear and the descriptions are in straightforward, plain English. Organic solutions are offered.Some people may find the solution section a bit limited. You won’t find suggestions for toxic chemicals to, say, kill bugs. I won’t go into organic solution vs. toxic pesticide debate, other to say that the solutions offered in this book are time tested and do work. They may take a bit more effort than buying a spray, but will leave you with a healthier garden overall. Even if you don’t believe that, the diagnostic portion of the book still offers the best system anybody has come up with

  • debrahart

    A book for all seasons This book is wonderful. The information is clear and concise, backed up and explained with clear pictures. You can’t go wrong with it. Very user friendly and helpful. A lot of books seem to promise more than they can deliver–not this one. It delivers what it promises, and then some. Without a whole lot of jargon or verbiage, it shows you how to figure out exactly what is bothering your plant and then how to fix it. Brilliant! Highly recommended.

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