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the organic gardener’s handbook that swept me off my feet

We have two books in our house that we are always reaching for. One is The CSA Cookbook, and I’m not just saying it because we reviewed it earlier in the year. We are seriously addicted to what comes out of that book. Pretty sure our Vegetarian Bible cookbook knows there’s a new favorite. The other book we are constantly going to is The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control (affiliate link).


Our garden kicked us in the rear this summer and the Organic Gardener’s Handbook has been a huge help with navigating our way through waves of pests and diseases. It would have benefited us to have purchased the book earlier in the season. By the time we first noticed a problem, things seemed to quickly escalate out of control.

Thanks to the OGH, I’m now learning all the places to check for early signs of pests and disease moving in. It sounds nerdy, but I actually enjoy my time learning about all the cute and not so cute little dudes that inhabit our gardens. Kearney and Ellie just enjoy the down time.


The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control is well organized and is divided into multiple sections that provide an easy access guide to managing all the troublesome pests and diseases that plague the garden. The book displays photos of  both beneficial and destructive insects likely to be found in different regions along with a description, their damage/benefit, life cycle, and how to control/attract.


Like the pest section, every disease is broken down with photos, symptoms, and methods of prevention and control. The types of plants affected by each disease are described as well. Some diseases even have multiple pictures to show you what it looks like on different plants (very helpful).

This book has a way of sucking you in and making you want to read up on various insects and diseases… Or is that just me?

Each morning I walk our garden and look for any changes. Inspecting the plants daily helps me catch disease and deficiencies early on. The OGH makes it a breeze to diagnose any issues. It’s so much faster than searching through Googled images using your own made up descriptions.


This book isn’t just good for fighting the bad guys and learning about the good ones. It’s also full of all kinds of advice. From prepping seeds and soil, to the ideal cultures for individual plants, it covers a lot. I find myself starting in alphabetical order reading about all the plants we have and ones we want to have in the future (like a true plant nerd).

The Organic Gardener’s Handbook even has a section for “potions and dust” you can make at home to use in the garden, complete with precautions and methods to use. We are always adding gardening and farming books to our library, but this book is special and really sucked me in. I think it’s because it is so direct and packed full of helpful information that I need on a regular basis. Its my one stop shop so to speak.

I’m not the only one gaga over the handbook, Ryan is ready to read it cover to cover himself. Truly this book would be helpful for any gardener to have, regardless of whether you have a container garden or a lush farm. If you are striving to understand your plants and care for them in an organic manner, this book is gold. Farmer gold, my favorite kind.

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