Monday, May 5, 2014
Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control by Jessica Walliser
Walliser gives a short introduction about this practice plus several essays on various aspects of insect growth and kind, giving portraits, both verbal and visual, of several of the insects so the gardener can get to know them. There is also a large section on plants that attract beneficials with notes on which specific types they attract—many attract several—together with photographs of the plants. She also includes suggested garden arrangements for folks who want some help planning their beneficial additions.
Two incidental details that made me happy: She answered a long-standing question of mine: Is the nectar of different plants different, or is it just sugar water as some have told me? (Yes, It is different; the Walliser gives several points about where and why). And, she gave me an excuse to keep Feverfew, even though I don't actually use it for anything. Not that I needed an excuse, but it's nice to have one.
Recommended for gardeners, insect lovers, and, especially, insect-haters.