Pests and Diseases
A Handbook For New Zealand Gardeners
Reviewed by Robert Gordon
THE revised version of
this comprehensive, accessible guide is written for New Zealand
gardeners by horticultural lecturer and author Rob Lucas.
The excellent layout
and clear pictures aside, it is refreshing to have a handbook that
doesn't automatically advise gardeners dogged by garden nasties
to pour on the pesticide.
The book details many
pests of bedding plants, houseplants, vegetables, fruit trees and
shrubs including natives. Fungi, bacteria and viruses come under
the author's microscope, too. All this is put together in a thoroughly
readable style with hints on control bullet-pointed throughout.
There are clear instructions
on how to use the book to find the information you need and the
two chapters Clean and Green and Safe at Home are outstanding.
Lucas pulls no punches.
For instance, take this "point to ponder": "If you always need to
apply pesticide cocktails, then you are the problem ... one appropriate
spray applied at the right time, might be the appropriate choice."
But this is not a "preachy" book - it's an indispensable bible for
all gardeners who have plant health at heart.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH