Synopses & Reviews
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**
Author Jessica Walliser provides a comprehensive and innovative guideto natural pest control for the garden that aims to eliminate the need for dangerous pesticides while emphasizing the symbioticrelationship between plants and insects, upending the notion that all insects are pests. Chapters cover a detailed list of beneficialbugs and the plants that attract and sustain them, how to create plant partnerships to aid in battling pests, an overview of thecommercial options available, and helpful instruction on how to utilize and organize the plants described including specific designsfor home and city gardens, suburban lots, and market farms, with special attention to the importance of a well-designed insectaryborder that caters specifically to the needs of beneficial bugs. Of note is the inclusion of interviews with entomologists across theUnited States, an abundance of large, colorful photographs, and a resource list of suppliers of beneficial insects and related products.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
About 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.