Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ben¬efits from both. In addition to information on...

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Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control

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Overview

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 ben¬efits 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.

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Bugs get a bad rap; defective computers have "bugs"; things that annoy us "bug" us. In her "Good Bug, Bad Bug" magazine feature, organic gardener Jennifer Walliser has been converting skeptics to the realization that you can make your garden thrive by learning to attract bugs that eat plant-eating pests. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden guides you through the process by providing 19 illustrated bug profiles and more than double that number of plant profiles. This wonderfully informative trade paperback original describes the best plants and borders for attracting those bug allies and also provides information about commercial options for purchasing them. Editor's recommendation.

The New York Times Book Review - Dominique Browning
…makes a smart case for "a natural approach to pest control." Basically, Mom was right: You catch more flies with honey. The pictures of bugs, in their sometimes hideous detail, are splendid.
From the Publisher

“A detailed, wholistic, and wonderfully illustrated guide to the lifestyles of all the insects that inhabit the organic garden as well as creating the conditions needed to encourage those you want in the fight against those you don’t.”

Gardening How-To
"With [Jessica Walliser’s] help, you can learn how to control pests through your gardening practices rather than your choice of insecticide."
It's Gardening It's Not Work

"With [Jessica Walliser’s] help, you can learn how to control pests through your gardening practices rather than your choice of insecticide."

Planet Natural

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden is a delight! Easy to read and entertaining yet packed with information not only on the beneficial insects themselves, but on the plants that can attract and support them, and on how to incorporate them into your garden. Highly recommended!”

Library Journal
02/01/2014
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604695748
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 474,690
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Jessica Walliser cohosts “The Organic Gardeners” on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine, and her column “The Good Earth” appears weekly in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She has also written three other organic gardening books. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

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