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.
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.
JaneBePe, October 31, 2014 (view all comments by JaneBePe)
If you are a permaculture fan, this entire book is devoted to plants that are labeled "insectary" in permaculture! If you don't know what permaculture is, this book is about the web of life in your backyard (or where ever the piece of land is that you care about). It is about plants that draw beneficial bugs to your backyard to prey upon the "bad guys" that might be there so you don't have to worry about them. It's about connecting your backyard to your local ecosystem by planting plants that are either native or supportive of native life. It's about the hummingbirds and butterflies that you want in your backyard.
I am always leery of buying garden books that are written by people in a different climate zone from me, but the author does an amazing job of sharing information on plants from a wide range of climate zones. Love the plant list! I definitely found some new must-haves! If you just want pretty plants (plenty of those in this book) and don't care about pollinators, minimizing pesticide use, or supporting local hummers, butterflies, etc. you might find some things of interest but you will miss the point entirely.
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