|| All about beneficials: who they are, how they work, and what they eat -- Beneficial bug profiles: meet the predators and the parasitoids -- Gardening for bugs: where plants and insects intersect -- Plant profiles: the best plants for beneficials -- Your beneficial border: a guide to designing for the bugs -- Companion planting: battling pests with plant partnerships -- Putting it all together: who the beneficials eat and what to plant -- The commercial stuff: purchased beneficials, good bug lures, supplemental foods, and seed blends.
|| 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.