The Online Gardener's Handbook 2010

An Integrated Approach To Successful Gardening

The Gardener's Handbook is a reference guide for home gardeners that provides useful tips on growing vegetables, fruit, ornamental plants and lawns. The guide covers topics ranging from recommended planting times to descriptions of common garden pests and how to prevent and manage them.

In April 2009, the government of Ontario implemented a province-wide Cosmetic Pesticide Ban, which limits the availability of many pesticides to homeowners. There are many non-chemical options available to homeowners for controlling pests. The goal of this manual is to provide homeowners with information needed to keep gardens healthy, including the maintenance of healthy, pest-resistant plants; the identity and biology of pests commonly found in gardens; and the various cultural, natural and other options available for managing them.

The first sections of this manual provide general information on plant production and causes and symptoms of damage. We recommend that you read this section first It provides a basis for the remainder of the publication, which is divided into four commodity sections: vegetables, fruit, ornamental plants (trees, shrubs, and flowers) and lawns. In the vegetable and fruit sections, host plants are listed alphabetically, followed by detailed information about corresponding pests and diseases. In the lawn and ornamental sections, it is the disease and pest problems that are listed alphabetically.

Table of Contents

  1. Causes of Plant Injury
  2. Integrated Pest Management
  3. A Word About Soil
  4. Vegetables
  5. Fruit
  6. Ornamental Plants
  7. Lawns
  8. Appendix

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