It’s called “weed” but surprisingly it is not that easy to grow. Marijuana gardens are subject to a wide range of problems that will kill or stunt beloved plants. These high-risk cultivators demand fast solutions. That’s when they turn to Ed Rosenthal.
Now Rosenthal brings a lifetime of experience to all gardeners with his new book Protect Your Garden: Eco-Friendly Solutions for Healthy Plants. It’s a tool for all growers facing the many pests and diseases that can come between plants and a bountiful harvest. Some live in the soil, others are airborne. They range in size from barely visible thrips to large deer. The caterpillars and spider mites that decimate cannabis also have a taste for a wide variety of vegetables and flowers.
Regardless of the plant, Rosenthal’s primary advice remains the same: Believe your eyes. Protect Your Garden is filled with photos of insects, diseases, and damaged leaves––the things that gardeners do not want to see but need to identify quickly. Rosenthal reminds gardeners to read the cues and to trust their eyes. The delicate white cabbage butterfly fluttering through the garden is a sign that competition is on its way. Its larvae can reduce whole plants to bare stems and veins in short order. The sooner one spots a powdery mildew or mold, the less harm is done to plants. Container gardens benefit from watching out for nutrient imbalances that sap plant vigor.
Whether flowers or food Rosenthal wants the harvest to be safe to be around, touch and eat. Once the problem is identified, Protect Your Garden goes on to show how to solve it in ways that are safe for not only growers, but the planet as well. The eco-friendly solutionsinclude commercial products, homemade recipes, minerals, and biologicals, such as bacteria, fungi, and predatory insects. Rosenthal writes about several food-grade ingredients that repel and kill. Herbal oils, especially cinnamon and clove, are effective pesticides.
A solution that is 10% milk and 90% water knocks out Powdery Mildew. Adding a teaspoon of baking soda per quart of mix will change the pH of the leaf surface to be more alkaline. This stops the growth of new spores.
The time is right to grow with a pro. Now that the seedlings have thrived, flowered, and are starting to bear fruit tomato hornworms, molds and a host of other pests are ready to move in.
It’s time to protect your garden.
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