The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook

Identify and manage diseases and other common problems on edible plants

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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 02 Feb 2023

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If you’re tired of battling blight on your tomatoes, losing your basil to downy mildew, and watching deer raid your vegetable garden, you’ll find all the answers you need right here.

In The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook, author and veggie-growing guru Susan Mulvihill of YouTube’s Susan’s in the Garden is ready to set you up for long-term success in the vegetable garden. In these pages, Susan hands you all the info you need to stand firm against plant diseases, viruses, disorders, stressors, and even animal pests, and to do it without having to turn to harsh synthetic chemical products. All-natural solutions to your worst gardening woes are featured in an organized, problem-by-problem manner that makes this a quick and useful reference for both beginner and expert gardeners. This book is a wonderful companion to Susan’s previous book, The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook, which covers organic solutions for managing insect pests common in home veggie gardens.

In this book, not only will you discover how to get your plants off to a healthy start, you’ll also find out how to properly identify plant pathogens, how to troubleshoot problems like pollination issues and weather-related disorders, and how to prevent ailments such as fruit cracking, leaf roll, and blossom end rot.

In addition, Susan hands you natural solutions to: 
  • Over 28 bacterial and fungal diseases, including nasties like powdery mildew, potato scab, and leaf spot 
  • Limit damage from plant-eating animals, including birds, chipmunks, rabbits, groundhogs, gophers, deer, and 8 other critters 
  • Manage a dozen physiological disorders common to the veggie garden, including bitterness, bolting, and sun scald 
  • Prevent problems before they occur using the many strategies detailed throughout these pages

Keeping vegetable plants healthy and productive is no easy task. An extensive quick-reference chart is included to help with identification and to direct you to the best possible solutions based on both the symptoms you see and the vegetable those symptoms have appeared on. This truly is THE guide every vegetable gardener has been waiting for! 
If you’re tired of battling blight on your tomatoes, losing your basil to downy mildew, and watching deer raid your vegetable garden, you’ll find all the answers you need right here.

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This book is a general purpose handbook that covers all sorts of garden problems. It begins with basic advice for productive vegetable gardening. I particularly liked the advice to not get carried away with big plans for a garden. Too many beginning gardeners try to do too much and underestimate the time required to maintain a healthy garden. The latter part of this chapter includes solutions to common gardening problems related to weather, pollination, and pests, as well as physiological disorders. The advice is succinct and science-based.

The second section focuses on plant diseases (bacterial, fungal and viral). The initial portion summarizes the three categories and includes a trouble-shooting guide and small glossary. This is followed by a multi-page table that lists vegetable crops and the diseases common to each--a quick reference when troubleshooting a problem. Then, the remainder of this section contains disease profiles. Each profile contains a description, the crops most impacted, a "what to look for" description, organic strategies for control and excellent photos of the problem. It was this entire section that convinced me that I need to buy a copy of this book as a reference. Very well done.

The final section of the book focuses on unwelcome critters in the garden. Each profile contains a description, list of favorite plants, signs of activity and control strategies. Photos of the damage caused are very helpful..

As a retired professor who taught horticulture, I think this is a great resource for both beginning and more experienced gardeners. I am particularly impressed by the focus on Integrated Pest Management techniques throughout the book, and also by the organization of information in a way that can be easily accessed. I like it so much, I'm buying myself a copy!

Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group/Cool Springs Press for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

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Such a useful book! Practical no nonsense help on how to tackle problems you discover when growing vegetables. It's a book I will refer to often and put the advice into practice.

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This is a really a gem of a find! Straight forward solutions for every gardener. I found the author’s writing style very engaging and informative. Thorough, organized and great pictures too!

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This book is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I started a small garden on our deck last year and was best with some kind of weird black stuff on the leaves and little bugs I’d never seen before on some of my plants (I now know they were aphids). I do NOT want to go through that again this year and am determined to have a healthy garden. Not only did I find the answers to what happened to my poor veggies in the past, but how to prevent and/or mitigate rest the issues in the future. I’m so excited and plan on keeping this handbook on my shelf for years to come.

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This book is an excellent reference for home gardeners to have on hand to deal with pests and diseases. The pictures are extremely helpful for quickly diagnosing and treating issues. In minutes I was able to do this for issues I have seen for many years in my garden. I did wish there was a bit more information on pests and diseases for fruit trees (we have both peach and apple). Thank you so much to #Netgalley for the opportunity to preview #TheVegetableGardenProblemSolverHandbook book by Susan Mulvihill - it will be a fantastic resource for years to come!

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A great go-to book for the home gardener. This is one of the most well-organized books I've read on the subject--there are three main sections to it: troubleshooting problems, a disease guide, and common pests. It's so incredibly accessible (with so many very helpful charts) and I'd definitely consider buying this when it releases. I'm not a beginner, exactly, but I'm by no means an expert gardener, and it's always helpful to have guidance all in one place. The photography and illustrations are excellent as well.

Thanks so much to Cool Springs Press and author Susan Mulvihill for making this book available to request through NetGalley.

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I had no clue how much I have longed for this book! I love it how everything is explained to the point, and the info is easy to find. For example, "Best start possible" has crop names, spacing between plants, and spacing between rows with a long list of plants. Perfect! Another great example is vegetable crops and potential diseases. This is my new go to book! Highly recommended!

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