Ed Rosenthal is recognized around the globe as one of the most powerful authority figures when it comes to marijuana. For more than thirty-five years he has studied marijuana extensively and documented his research. Ed Rosenthal’s books range from covering gardening to understanding law and social policy, and have successfully sold over two million copies. With his latest book, Marijuana Pest and Disease Control: How To Protect Your Plants and Win Back Your Garden, Rosenthal provides all the necessary information for gardeners out there that are interested in knowing about all the various types of diseases and pests that can plague their plants, as well as providing them with the necessary steps to repel, avoid and kill them.
California horticulturist Ed Rosenthal provides readers with an easy to read as well as stimulating writing style that examines twenty-one different forms of pest and diseases that have the tendency to plague many vegetable and flower gardens, but mainly focuses on how they pester marijuana plants. Although Rosenthal focuses mainly on the oppression of the marijuana plant from pests, many of these dilemmas are faced by the common gardener so these great tips are helpful to all.
Some of the pests and diseases that hinder the cultivation of marijuana would be listed as grasshoppers, gophers, deers, aphids, green or gray mold, root rot, mildew and the tobacco mosaic virus. A considerable amount of the content provided is pertinent to greenhouse gardens and indoor growing facilities, while others such as mammals are more prone to threaten outdoor gardens. Rosenthal makes a powerful opening assertion that “Before you begin any competition, you want to know a bit about the other side,” and that “You always do better when you have more information, and a better understanding, of what you are up against.” Straight from the introduction, Ed Rosenthal wants the reader to know that after reading the required literature, readers who are faced with these problems will be able to target their effort and energy on successful solutions without much failure.
Much of the first half of the book details the different life stages of certain diseases or pests you are dealing with, as well as breaking down what it eats and how it eats. It also details the various reproductions and vulnerabilities of pests and diseases. Observable symptoms of what to look for in your crop and accurate size measurements are also conveniently located in Rosenthal’s “at a glance” second located on the first page of each pest or disease. The second half of the book goes in depth with its suggestions of various types of remedies that are capable of controlling the pests and diseases that are among the discussed. Each remedy or solution is explained in great depth so any gardener is able to viably choose the solution that is best suited to aide their own garden. More importantly, all of Ed Rosenthal’s remedies that are suggested in this book are entirely safe for both the gardener and the environment surrounding them.
Ed Rosenthal is very insistent that dangerous chemical based solutions should never be used in the garden or on any plants that will be eventually ingested. He relies on many plant-based and natural pesticides, as well as fungicides to treat any grower’s persistence in regards to effective, entirely safe and fast by-products. Safe and reliable remedies for the control of pests and disease included but not limited to, are some formulas that involve using baking soda, chamomile tea, garlic, black pepper, milk, citrus oil and vinegar.
Ed provides yet again, another informative and reassured publication of literature in regards to the marijuana gardener. He makes it very easy for you to pick out a chapter in the book, study it and then apply it to your garden. In my opinion, it’s hard to expect anything less from the man who has been called by the New York Times “the pothead’s answer to Ann Landers, Judge Judy, Martha Stewart and the Burpee Garden Wizard, all in one.” I suggest to any grower or gardener that is hindered by any pests and disease to pick up this book and start taking notes, it’s the guide to a successful indoor or outdoor garden.