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A Guide to Common Garden Pests and Plant Diseases

Use this handy guide to identify and avoid common garden pests and plant diseases.



You don't need a sprawling backyard or spacious raised beds to grow delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs of your own. In “The Edible Balcony,” longtime urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows how to transform whatever space you have—from a balcony or rooftop to a fire escape or window box—into a profusion of fresh, seasonal produce.
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Slugs and snails can reach the balcony, carried up on pots or in old compost, and, once established, can be real pests even several stories up.
Photo By Sarah Cuttle
The fruit of trees such as plums, cherries, and peaches is a magnet for many birds, while brassicas can be targeted by pigeons. If you’re really bothered, you may have to net the trees or plants at vulnerable times.
Photo By Sarah Cuttle
With trees, you could also try hanging plastic bottles, DVDs, or glass candleholders in the branches to deter the birds.
Photo By Sarah Cuttle
Keep pests and diseases at bay for a delicious garden bounty this season.
Photo By Sarah Cuttle





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