Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday's Favourite - A Book Review

Our property is certified as a national and Canadian wildlife habitat, so gardening organically is important to me.  Creating a healthy ecosystem ensures that pests and disease are kept under control but sometimes the balance is upset and the use of natural products is required.
Ed Rosenthal's new book 'Protect Your Garden' has sections on pests, diseases, nutrients, environmental stress, control by eco-friendly solutions and control by beneficial biologicals.  The photos in the book are excellent and allow for easy identification of problems with solutions offered.
Not only new, but seasoned gardeners will find 'Protect Your Garden' invaluable as a resource book to have on hand; it would also make a great gift.
Ed Rosenthal has been writing about safe gardening solutions for over 40 years and continues to research plants and new gardening techniques.
Release date:  April 2013  Quick American Publishing  ISBN 978-0-932551-19-1
I'm linking with the monthly garden book review at Dreaming of Roses.


  1. Here on the Island many municipalities are banning the use of any sort of herbicide or pesticide, so we have to learn new ways to keep things the way we like. I have learned to use boiling water on the weeds on the paths - used to spray them, but haven't for a number of years. It is more work to use the boiling water, but so worthwhile. I'd like to invest in an implement I saw in the Lee Valley catalogue - it shoots steam into the weeds.

  2. The perfect gift for many in my life, thanks for the recommendation, Judith!!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. il faut protéger la planète
    et son jardin
    moi j' emploie des produits bio
    malheureusement l' agriculteur
    n'en fait pas autant dans ces
    champs , et j' habite en pleine
    campagne et des pesticides
    j' en respire beaucoup
    à bientôt
    edith (iris)

  4. I'll have to look for that book -- Linderhof's garden also is a certified wildlife habitat (even though it is a small city garden) , . . and we don't like the use of chemicals either!

  5. I didn't know that about your gardens and property Judith. This book sounds very interesting and I thank you for introducing it to us. I hope you have a great weekend. Pamela

  6. This book looks very helpful and summer is coming. I don't go veggies - just herbs with my flower garden but hope to in retirement when that comes! Thanks for the review!

  7. I'd be all for it if it works. Keep us informed!

  8. Wonderful to garden in this way and I will check out this book...I also garden for wildlife and don't use chemicals.

  9. Sounds like a great book. I try to minimize use of chemicals in the garden. They obviously impact wildlife. Having alternatives spelled out for the various pests/problems seems to make this book a winner!

  10. I received this book too Judith but I have not gotten around to looking at it. Must do that. Valerie

  11. I just finished a photo challenge with my daughter-in-law Kaitlin. I learned a lot too. It certainly broadened my horizon photographically speaking!

  12. Sounds like a great book, as I garden organically, too. Sometimes it can be very challenging. I think I need to know more about beneficial biologicals, so this book will go on my wish list. Thanks so much for joining in!

  13. The book sounds like it would be a valuable resource to have in the gardening library. Thank you for sharing.


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