Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Controlby Jessica Walliser
It may seem counterintuitive to want bugs in a garden, but insects are indeed valuable garden companions. Especially those species known for eating the bugs that eat plants. Assassin bugs, damsel bugs, and predatory stink bugs are all carnivores that devour the bugs that dine on a garden.Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden is a book about/i>… See more details below
It may seem counterintuitive to want bugs in a garden, but insects are indeed valuable garden companions. Especially those species known for eating the bugs that eat plants. Assassin bugs, damsel bugs, and predatory stink bugs are all carnivores that devour the bugs that dine on a garden.Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden is a book about bugs and plants, and how to create a garden that benefits from both. In addition to information on companion planting and commercial options for purchasing bugs, there are 19 detailed bug profiles and 39 plant profiles. The bug profiles include a description, a photograph for identification, an explanation of what they do for the garden, and the methods gardeners can use to attract them. The plant profiles highlight the best plants for attracting beneficial bugs and offer detailed information on size, care requirements, zone information, and bloom time. Design plans show gardeners how to design a border specifically for the bugs. This complete, hands-on guide is for anyone looking for a new, natural, and sustainable way to control pests.
**Winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award**
A healthy natural garden results from more than simply selecting the right plants. In this guide to beneficial bugs (a catchall term for insects and arachnids), Walliser ("Good Bug, Bad Bug" columnist, Organic Gardening magazine) wants to convert the natural gardener to a bug-lover. A former bug-hater, she became uncomfortable with the overuse of pesticides (even natural ones), so she changed her mind-set. Rather than eliminating bug pests with chemicals, she learned about the importance of a diverse garden ecosystem and came to appreciate bugs as a crucial and fascinating part of gardening. For those unfamiliar with beneficial insects and arachnids, this book provides a simple guide to different varieties and their uses in the garden (the lavish illustrations may be difficult for some who are squeamish about insects). Much of the book focuses on specific plants (including some that are usually considered weeds) and planting practices such as the kinds of crop rotation and use of cover crops that will be most attractive to beneficial bugs. She includes plans for insectary gardens. VERDICT Walliser enables even novices to get started with better insect gardening. This accessible yet passionate look at bugs will be a valuable tool for natural gardeners, especially those who need some convincing about loving bugs.—Margaret Heller, Loyola Univ. Chicago Libs.
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