Or, to purchase an autographed copy, send $24.95 plus $3.00 shipping to Jessica Walliser, PO Box 175, Sewickley, PA 15143.
Editorial Review from Carl Hays of BookList:
“Early in her career as a gardener for hire, Walliser had an epiphany while watching the David Attenborough documentary Life in the Undergrowth. The sight of two hermaphroditic leopard slugs making love sparked both a fascination for insects and a reconsideration of the need for pesticides in her work. Her newfound passion for entomological research resulted in her acclaimed guide to garden insects, Good Bug Bad Bug (2011), and now this fact-filled handbook on natural pest-control methods. To encourage the good bugs “in hopes of mitigating the pesty ones,” Walliser offers invaluable advice on how to identify such “beneficials” as ladybugs, ground beetles, and parasitoid wasps, as well as how to select a diversity of bug-attracting plants to promote a healthy balance between insect predator and prey. Alphabetical bug and plant profiles are included for easy reference. While the subject matter and close-up photographs of insects eating insects may make some readers squirm, dedicated gardeners will discover enough solid information and genuine motivation to finally put down their bug spray”. –Carl Hays
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.