paper, 308 p., $24.95
This recent entry into Rodale's collection of organic gardening books is a useful guide for the fruit and vegetable gardener. As the title suggests, the book is divided into three segments. The insect and weed segments use color illustrations to assist in identification, while the disease segment uses color photographs. Illustrated segments thoughtfully include drawings of both mature and immature growth phases.
The only real weakness of the book is in the insect segment. Symbols or color-coding would have made it easier to quickly identify beneficial insects in a book that claims to have "find-it-fast organic solutions for your garden." Also, readers should recognize that the minute pirate bug is typically 2 to 3 millimeters long instead of the 6 millimeters described in the book. However, these are issues that do not detract from an otherwise impressive and helpful handbook.
— Sara Fitzmorris, Plant Pathologist, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden