We’ve finally made it to the end of January, and we can officially start the countdown to spring! With only 48 days of winter left, it’s time for us to start planning our gardens, which is one of my favorite winter activities. If you’ve read my blog or social media posts, you know I love flowers. I’m a cottage garden girl all the way! I lost a few plants last year including one of my oldest Peonies to some sort of infestation, so this book Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden has come at a perfect time for me. I’ve been studying it on chilly winter nights and taking notes during my lunch breaks to better prepare myself for the gardening year ahead. Read on to learn more about gardening bugs (the good and the bad) and enter to win our first giveaway of the year!

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Attracting beneficial bugs to your garden book

My Thanks to Quarto Knows Publishing for the complimentary books highlighted in today's post and for hosting our giveaway. No other compensation given. All opinions and love of  books are my own. 

 About Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden by Jessica Walliser, 208 pages:

Attracting beneficial bugs to your garden

“Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your garden is an indispensable reference book, now updated with new research insights and voices to help us learn how to create a healthy, balanced, and diverse garden capable of supporting an industrious crew of beneficial pest eating insects and eliminate the need for synthetic chemical pesticides.”

I was excited to receive the revised and updated second addition of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden, because it teaches a natural approach to pest control that I really need. I tend to leave most bugs alone, especially in my front flower beds, because I don’t like to kill bugs, led to a host of problems last year. I’m hopeful that this book will help me (and you!) discover how to recognize good bugs and keep them happy in our gardens so they can deter the bad bugs.

What this book covers:

  • Bug profiles introducing us to dozens of beneficial insects
  • How beneficial bugs catch and eat their prey
  • Plant profiles featuring the best plants to support the beneficials
  • Interviews with Entomologists who focus their life’s work on understanding the value of insects
  • Inspiring look at how plants and insects intersect in the most incredible ways
  • Why gardening for bugs is just as important to the greater world as it is your garden
  • Tips for creating insectary plantings and borders to support a broad range of beneficials

About the Author: Jessica Walliser:

Jessica Walliser is a horticulturist and award-winning author of seven gardening books. She’s co-founder of the popular website savvygardening.com and two-time winner of the prestigious American Horticultural Society Book Award for her several of her books. All this to say, if anybody can help me turn around my gardening bug woes, it’s her!

My Thoughts:

This book really is a gardening reference book, so don’t feel like you have to read it page by page. I’ve been flipping through it finding nuggets of helpful knowledge along the way. One of the best resources is the handy chart in the back of the book that helps us put it all together. For instance, we have a ladybug problem in the fall. They were everywhere! 

Ladybug on leaf

The chart covers ladybugs like this- Beneficial Insects: Lady bugs:

"Some pests they consume: Aphids, asparagus beetle larvae, Colorado potato beetle larvae, lace bugs, mealybugs, bean beetle larvae, scale, spider mites, psyllids, adelgids, caterpillars, white lilies and eggs, larvae, and other pests. Both adult and larval ladybugs consume pests, but adults also need nectar and pollen."

Plants that support them:

  • Anise
  • Baccharis
  • Boltania
  • Boneset
  • Chamomile
  • Cinquefoil
  • Coriander
  • Cosmos
  • Daises
  • Goldenrod  

There’s more on the reference chart. Now I know it’s a good thing I have lady bugs in my garden and yard, but I also realize I need to plant more fall blooming plants for them to thrive.

The Takeaway:

That’s the beauty of this garden reference book. I was able to call to mind a time last fall when I didn’t understand why I was overrun by lady bugs in the back of our house flowerbeds, research what the author suggests and plan my garden plantings accordingly. 

This book has opened up a whole new way of gardening to me. I’ll no longer look at a flower shrub or plant and pick it for it’s color or scent, (although those are key elements of gardening to me), I’ll also see what type of beneficial bugs I’d be inviting to my garden if I choose to plant them. Which will also help me better cultivate my flower beds and garden around our home. 

Win It:

Win a copy of Attracting beneficial bugs to your garden book

Thanks to today’s sponsor, Quarto Knows Publishing, one lucky reader will receive a paperback copy of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden.

If you would like to purchase either of these books now instead of waiting to see if you won my giveaway, visit Quarto Knows Publishing here and search for gardening books.



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Rafflecopter selected Winner: Jeffrey R.


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