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I got this book recently and I have really enjoyed browsing through it.
I have found the section that has identified the pest and then describes the problems it causes and how best to get rid of it the most useful.
The first half of the book has is ordered by the type of plant that you have and tells and describes potential problems to you so you can identify what has gone wrong.
The only reason I haven't given this book 5 stars is because it is really written for the us and Canada. I don't know how much of this book is therefore irrelevant/useful. So far it's told me how to tackle them pesky slugs but I don't know whether it contains information about all of the pests in my garden. I wish I had known before ordering it (although I probably would have ordered it still).
This book has helped me figure out problems in my yard and garden several times as well as kept me from squashing helpful insects. The book has lots of images and descriptions of insects and plant problems. Sometimes I just flip through looking at the images until I spot something that looks similar to what I'm seeing on one of my plants. Then I can read to see if the image is even more likely what I'm dealing with. If it is, the book provides suggestions for fixing and preventing future problems. Or if it's something that's not a problem, then I know I don't need to do anything about it. Other times, I look up the type of plant I'm seeing the problem on. There aren't photos in the section, but since many pests and diseases affect multiple plants, it doesn't exactly make sense to include images of the same disease or pest over and over again. Besides, if the description under a specific plant sounds like what I'm seeing, I can use the index to look it up and the book usually has a photo of it in either the pests or diseases sections. I am forever grateful to the person who suggested this book.
It's important to have pest control without chemical pesticides that harm beneficial bugs, bees, birds & the environment. We have to regain the knowledge that people have used for thousands of years using natural practices. This book brings us closer to natural, organic, sustainable farming, for market or backyard.
Very useful book on dealing with pests and diseases. Part 2 of this book (Plant-by-plant problem-solving guide) has no photos -- here adding photos would help immensely. Also wish the photos in Part 3 of the book (identifying pests and diseases) are a little bigger.