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Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Walliser

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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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 14141 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Timber Press (26. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HG2SSM2
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love this! Permaculturists take note! A full book treatment of the word "insectary!" 26. April 2014
Von Jane Burch-Pesses - Veröffentlicht auf
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I almost didn't buy it because the author gardens (and has a garden radio show) in Pennsylvania and I live and garden in Oregon. I was persuaded to buy it because the photos are so magnificent and it is published by Timber Press. (Hard to go wrong with Timber Press.)

So glad I bought it! The author takes great care not to limit the discussion to the Pennsylvania area and is knowledgable about plants that grow throughout the US. (But not in Suriname. Sorry previous reviewer. Best of luck to you.)

I love that she gives readable details on the bugs that are all around us that we never notice (with photos)!

I love her plant list, which is not only full of information, but also full of her own experience as a gardener. (And lack of experience - "[St. Catherine's Lace] is by far one of my favorite native buckwheats, but unless I move west I will never be able to grow it.")

I love that she encourages the planting of native plants while also documenting the usefulness of introduced species that support beneficial bugs!

As a person who is permaculturing her suburban back yard, of course, the plant list was of prime importance to me. I have discovered six plants that I really must have! LOL!

I highly recommend this book to any permaculturist who wants an in depth knowledge of the word "insectary" and a plant list that goes beyond "This plant = Insectary. Zone this to that. Sun or shade."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Natural Garden Helper 14. Februar 2014
Von Stephanie - Veröffentlicht auf
Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your garden is an ecosystem based approach to managing pests in your garden. Written by a professed past insecticide user turned bug-lover, this book is written with humor and a down-to-earth approach. There is a lot of great information in here, especially about plant and bug communication that will hopefully convince people that they never have to use an insecticide again. As author Jessica Walliser says "It is about encouraging the beneficial ones in hopes of mitigating the pesky ones."

The book is organized into helpful sections:

Beneficial Bug Profiles: Includes how the bug works, what they prey on, what exactly they will do in your garden and what to plant in order to help them.

Gardening for Bugs: This section will help you understand the feeding habits of beneficial bugs in order to for you to provide the plants that they will thrive along with. It even includes beneficial plants that would be considered weeds!

Plant Profiles: The exact species of plants that will help you attract the bugs you want.

Design: This is a handy section to help you design all of these plants in a residential setting.

This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An absolute eye-opener and must read 16. Februar 2014
Von Torarica - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this book as part of my preparation to start a fully organic farm in Suriname (humid tropics) where nobody believes that it is possible to do this and live off the farm. I read the book in one long sitting, couldn't stop, every page was another 'aha experience'. Because this book, which is about 'insectary planting' (what a concept!), provided the missing link in my approach and provided the balance between my obsession with soil life and growing a healthy and strong plant on the one hand, and the importance of working with the above ground ecosystem to support this healthy and strong plant. Another myth that I will try to bust over here, because of this book, is that beneficial insects can only be introduced in closed systems like a greenhouse (based on examples from Holland), and not in an open field in the tropics. It's going to be a challenge since we have no agriculture research here, but I will do the research on the farm and develop our own locally adapted knowledge. Ms Walliser has done a great job explaining a complex subject for the lay person without sacrificing the science behind her approach.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Learning To Love (Some) Bugs 31. März 2014
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Regular readers of the Planet Natural Blog know our enthusiasm for including beneficial insects in any Integrated Pest Management program. Gardening author Jessica Walliser — she co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners” radio program aired on station KDKA in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania — has a new book out that discusses beneficials role in your garden environment and what you can do to create landscapes friendly to them.

Attracting Beneficial Bugs To Your Garden: A Natural Approach To Pest Control (Timber Press) is 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.

We referenced Walliser’s work before in connection with her fine book Grow Organic co-written with Doug Oster. Here, she takes on a subject she previously addressed in her book Good Bug, Bad Bug, a guide to the things you might find crawling around on your plants.

Attracting Beneficial Bugs takes a more comprehensive approach than the earlier book. Yes, it gives a detailed guide to the beneficial insects you want to populate your garden, as well as the plant destroying insects on which they feed. But it sees the garden as a complete eco-system, one that hosts plants and insects of all sorts. At the center of this approach is the idea that upsetting the natural balance by using pesticides has consequences that extend far past the absence of the bugs, including the beneficials, that results from pesticide use. She makes it clear: “Pesticide -free habitat is an absolute necessity for natural enemies,” she writes in the chapter about beneficials subtitled “Who They Are, How They Work, And What They Eat.”

Among many worthy discussions in the book, “What They Eat” proved most interesting to us. Beneficial insects don’t survive alone by eating insect prey. Almost all require nectar and pollen as well. Walliser points out growing a variety of plants in your garden including those that give beneficials what they need goes a long way to encouraging those insects you want to gather and stay in your garden. She points out that an insect who has to travel to find pollen is not likely (depending on the distance) to come back to where you want them.

To this end she devotes a large section to the plants that attract and nourish beneficials (including pollinators), a guide to designing your garden to encourage them, and a section on companion planting that puts the predators you want closest to the plants you need to protect. She ties this all together in a chapter that attaches specific plants together with particular beneficials and the bad bugs they consume.

There’s also a chapter on the equipment — bug lures, supplemental foods, and seed blends — that contribute to success using beneficial insects. There’s also information on the proper care and distribution of purchased beneficials. We were flattered to see Planet Natural listed at the end of the book in her short list of resources for beneficial insects and supplies.

Walliser’s beneficial insect book is unique in its encompassing eco-system, ecology-minded approach. It concentrates more on profiling the good insects than it does the bad. There are several good guides available for that, including at Walliser’s own website. But it’s unique in the way it sees beneficial insects as part of the big picture. And the book provides intriguing detail and insight in short sub-sections derived from interviews she’s conducted with leading researchers and experts in the field. Attracting Beneficial Bugs To Your Garden opens a new chapter on the understanding and use of bugs in the organic garden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential for gardeners! 29. Januar 2014
Von Niki Jabbour - Veröffentlicht auf
Jessica Walliser makes me smarter - at least when it comes to gardening! I've been a big fan since her wonderful field guide, Good Bug, Bad Bug, was released and have therefore been waiting (rather impatiently) for this new book to be released. As expected, it's a treasure trove of information on both the plants and the bugs that will benefit your garden. I'm busy making notes as I read and am looking forward to putting her knowledge to work in my garden this spring. Thanks Jessica!
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