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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 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.

About the Author

Jessica Walliser

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser is the co-host of KDKA Radio's "The Organic Gardeners" and an award-winning garden columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She is a regular contributor to many national magazines, including Fine Gardening and Hobby Farms. Jessica is a co-owner of SavvyGardening.com and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The American Horticultural Society. Her company, IronweedApparel.com, creates unique urban farming and gardening t-shirts to help gardeners grow in style. Jessica has authored five gardening books. Her newest title, Container Gardening Complete, is scheduled for release in October of 2017. She's a big fan of plants, insects, microbes, and cupcakes - not necessarily in that order.

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