YATES GARDEN PROBLEM SOLVER
Former New Zealand Woman's Weekly
Denise Cleverley has given Yates Garden Problem Solver
makeover, so it bears little resemblance to its ancestors, the
1990 Yates Garden Doctor
or the 2000 and 2006 editions
of Yates Garden Problem Solver
New illustrations provide a more modern look.
The book starts with problems that may occur when plants are
grown from seed, then moves on to a selection of 10 weeds.
This is perhaps the weakest part of the book, as the home
gardener is unlikely to want advice on killing gorse or
bamboo, while wild ginger, paspalum, kikuyu and Onehunga weed
are unlikely to be encountered in the South.
Next up are insects. Again the list is a short one but it is
helpful in making it clear which are beneficial (ladybirds
and praying mantis, for example) and which are pests.
Although grass grubs are omitted here, they are covered later
Common problems in fruit, flowers, vegetables, trees and
shrubs are covered, too, and although the experienced
gardener may want more information, the book is best regarded
as an introduction, not the ultimate in pest and disease
Given that it was published in association with Yates - and
that Cleverley now works for the company - Yates Garden
Problem Solver naturally leans heavily towards the use of
the firm's products, which can be irritating but is
A problem-solving book may not be essential to a gardener's
happiness but it is useful and with a price tag around the
$30 mark, this is one to consider as a Christmas present.
- Gillian Vine is a Dunedin writer.