"The Garden Pests&Diseases Specialist is the essential guide to identifying the likely culprits and banishing them from the garden. The book starts with the basics, introducing common pests and diseases that afflict ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and houseplants, and looking at the best ways of dealing with them. Biological controls, which are garnering growing interest in the gardening world, are covered, in addition to the better-known organic and chemical methods. At-a-glance checklists explain which ailments commonly afflict various plant types, from roses and rock-garden plants to soft fruits and vegetables. Armed with this practical, easy-to-use guide, experienced and novice gardeners alike will never need to make excuses for patchy borders or unshapely produce again."