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Second Edition
Pests of the Garden and Small Farm:
A Grower's Guide to Using Less Pesticide

Published 1998 · Publication 3332 · 276 pages

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List of contents

Photo of the book, Pests of the Garden and Small Farm; A Grower's Guide to Using Less Pesticide.

This convenient handbook for home gardeners and small-scale farmers covers insects, mites, plant diseases, nematodes, and weeds of fruit and nut trees and vegetables. Individual sections describe the biology, identification, and control of 95 common pests. Symptom-identification tables organized by crop refer you to relevant pages. The IPM approach makes minimal use of broad-spectrum pesticides; recommended methods rely primarily on organically acceptable alternatives.

New in the Second Edition

This edition, completely reviewed and substantially revised since the publication of the first edition in 1990, includes:

  • input from scientists, horticultural advisors, and Master Gardeners throughout California and beyond
  • new management practices for dozens of pests with much more emphasis on biological control agents and use of environmentally benign pesticides, such as insecticidal oils
  • cultural practices such as solarization, disease suppressive composts, and mulches
  • updated discussions and lists of pests controlled through solarization, candidate insectary plants, commercially available biological control agents, and organically acceptable pesticides
  • New pests and management practices added to almost all of the 30 crop tables in the back of the book

Outstanding Photos

More than 250 color photographs and 118 drawings will help you identify and manage scores of pest problems, including insects, mites, other arthropods, snails and slugs, diseases, nematodes, and weeds. Important natural enemies of pest insects and mites are also covered.

Extensive and Authoritative

This practical guide draws on the experience and knowledge of more than 50 experts from the University of California and beyond.

Special Crop Tables

The last section of the book, Crop Tables, lists common pest problems in 30 fruit, nut, and vegetable crops, and directs the reader back to relevant chapters of the book. Vegetable crops include artichokes, asparagus, beans, carrots, cole crops, cucurbit crops, lettuce, onions, garlic, peas, peppers, eggplants, potatoes, radishes, spinach, sweet corn, tomatoes, and turnips. Nut crops feature almonds and walnuts, and fruit crops include apples, apricots, avocado, blackberries, raspberries, other caneberries, cherries, citrus, figs, grapes, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, prunes, and strawberries.

Clear, Succinct Language

"Written in clear, succinct language with a minimum of technical terms..."
—Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America

How to order

This publication is available from the UC ANR Communication Services catalog. It is also available by mail, by telephone, or through the ANR sales offices and many UC County Cooperative Extension offices. For locations and more information, see "How to Order Publications."

List of Contents

Designing a Pest Management Program
  • Crop Development in Relation to Pest Management (Development of Vegetable Crops · Development of Fruit and Nut Trees) · Components of a Successful Pest Management Program · General Management Practices (Soils and Nutrition · Water Management · Sanitation · Resistant Varieties · Crop Rotation · Soil Solarization · Reflective Mulches · Plant Cages, Row Covers, and Other Pest Barriers · Intercropping, Companion Planting, and Cover Crops · Biological Control · Pesticides)
Common Insects, Mites, Other Arthropods, and Snails and Slugs
  • Damage · Life Cycles · Monitoring and Diagnosing Problems · Management Methods (Biological Control · Pesticides) · Leaf- and Fruit-Feeding Caterpillars · Caterpillars Affecting Fruit and Nut Trees (Codling Moth · Navel Orangeworm · Orange Tortrix · Fruittree Leafroller · Omnivorous Leafroller · Redhumped Caterpillar · Western Tussock Moth · Green Fruitworm · Peach Twig Borer · Oriental Fruit Moth) · Common Caterpillar Pests in Vegetable Gardens (Armyworms · Loopers · Imported Cabbageworm · Hornworms · Saltmarsh Caterpillar · Corn Earworm · Tomato Pinworm · Potato Tuberworm · Garden Webworm · Cutworms) · Borers (Peachtree Borer · Pacific Flatheaded Borer · Shothole Borer) · Leaf- and Fruit-Feeding Beetles (Flea Beetles · Wireworms · False Wireworm · Darkling Beetles · Cucumber Beetles · Vegetable Weevil · Green Fruit Beetle) · Stink Bugs, Lygus Bugs, and Other True Bugs (Stink Bugs · Lygus Bugs · Squash Bugs) · Leafhoppers · Aphids · Scale Insects (San Jose Scale · Walnut Scale · California Red Scale · Oystershell Scale · Brown Soft Scale · Citricola Scale · Black Scale · European Fruit Lecanium · Calico Scale · Frosted Scale · Cottony Cushion Scale) · Mealybugs · Whiteflies · Mites (Webspinning Spider Mites · Red Mites · Brown Mite · Blister, Rust, and Bud Mites · Cyclamen Mite) · Other Arthropods (Leafminers · Thrips · Maggots on Vegetable Crops · Earwigs · Sowbugs · Crickets · Grasshoppers · Garden Symphylans · Ants) · Snails and Slugs
  • Types of Pathogens · Monitoring and Diagnosing Diseases · Disease Management · Damping-off, Seed and Seedling Decay · Powdery Mildew · Downy Mildew · Brown Rot of Stone Fruit · Phytophthora Brown Rot of Citrus · Gray Mold and Bunch Rot · White Mold · Common Smut of Corn · Bacterial Soft Rots of Vegetables · Shot Hole · Leaf Curl · Bacterial Canker and Blast · Apple Scab · Pear Scab · Viruses · Vascular Wilts · Phytophthora Root and Crown Rot · Armillaria Root Rot · Crown Gall
  • Root Knot Nematodes--The Most Common Problem · Less Common Root-Feeding Nematodes · Nematodes Attacking Aboveground Plant Parts · Complexities of the Small Farm and Garden · Symptoms and Damage · Life Cycle · Management
  • Types of Weeds · Weed Management (Methods · Exclusion · Rotation · Solarization · Handweeding and Hoeing · Machine Tillage · Mulching · Biological Control · Herbicides) · Weed Management When Planting and Transplanting Vegetables · Managing Weeds Around Backyard Fruit Trees · Managing Weeds in Orchard · Special Weed Problems (Pigweeds · Purslane · Sowthistles · Barnyardgrass · Large Crabgrass · Bermudagrass · Nutsedges · Field Bindweed)
Crop Tables
  • Vegetable Crops (General Pests Attacking Seedlings of Many Vegetable Crops · Artichokes · Asparagus · Beans · Carrots · Cole Crops · Cucurbit Crops · Lettuce · Onions and Garlic · Peas · Peppers and Eggplants · Potatoes · Radishes · Spinach · Sweet Corn · Tomatoes · Turnips) · Fruit Crops (Almonds · Apples · Apricots · Avocado · Blackberries, Raspberries, and Other Caneberries · Cherries · Citrus · Figs · Grapes · Peaches and Nectarines · Pears · Plums and Prunes · Strawberries · Walnuts)
  • Using Degree-Days for Predicting Growth and Development of Crops and Invertebrate Pests

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