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Autumn 2007
  Armchair Gardening

The Pocket Garden Troubles Expert
Book Review by Trevor Edwards
19 September 2002

Pocket Garden Troubles ExpertYet another in the Pocket sized series of what is regarded as the World’s best-selling gardening books.

This one is a unique catalogue of many of the gardening problems and troubles, which will be prevalent in both the small and large garden.

Just imagine a convenient pocket sized 125-page reference book which simply identifies and offers solutions to the troubles experienced when growing vegetables, fruit, roses, trees and shrubs together with lawn troubles - wow!

The book is divided into 14 chapters. Each chapter covering a specific type of plant subject. Each of the troubles is clearly illustrated in full colour. In the case where a pest causes the damage, not only is the plant damage illustrated but also the ‘beastie’ responsible for the problem. Both are clearly useful to identify and illuminate the many possible difficulties that we may encounter in our gardens.

It must be remembered with some comfort that we are unlikely to experience the hundred of troubles identified in this Garden Doctor’s hard book.

Chapter 10 deals with Pest and Disease Control, guiding us in methods of preventing trouble before it starts. Clear and simple explanations of insecticides - systemic, insect contact, and leaf contact types are explained. Fungicides are likewise explained, falling into the two basic types - systemic and preventive.

Chapter 11 devotes 16 pages to illustrate 46 different garden weeds. The illustrations cleverly show the weed in seeding and mature plant status together with an indication as to whether it is an annual, biennial or perennial garden dweller.

Chapter 12 devotes 13 pages covering lawn weeds and includes illustrations of 30 different lawn weeds which may spoil one’s attempts to achieve the perfect lawn. Each weed illustration has been colour coded to indicate whether the weed can be killed by one application, may require second application or will require a second application.

To summarise - this Pocket Power Pack is an invaluable choice for any gardener and surprisingly it only costs only £3.99.

Let’s hope you do not need to refer to it too often!

Book: The Pocket Garden Troubles Expert
Author: Dr D.G Hessayon
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Price: 3.99




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