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Good Bug Mix
An important strategy for organic gardeners is to enhance and maximise the natural biological controls already present in a garden ecosystem. Does your garden provide a nectar source for beneficial, pest-controlling insects? Planting particular flowers and herbs known as insectary plants has been proven to improve the natural balance and reduce pest outbreaks.
Good Bug Mix contains colourful re-seeding annual and perennial flowers including red clover, alyssum, cosmos, marigolds, Queen Anne's Lace, buckwheat, lucerne, dill, caraway, coriander and phacelia (when available), gypsophila. It blooms much of the year, providing nectar, pollen and habitat for wild and introduced beneficial insects, such as predatory mites and tiny micro wasps, ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, tachnid flies and predatory beetles. These beneficial insects or 'good bugs' are generally small with correspondingly small mouthparts, so they are only able to feed on particular flowers with suitable attributes. By providing a plentiful food supply the 'good bugs' live longer and reproduce more.
Jane Davenport 2011 (AUS)
At long last: our favourite and Australia's best book on how to identify, attract and look after beneficial insects has been revised and reprinted.
With more than 300 beautiful colour images you will have no trouble in identifying your beneficial garden insect visitors; with the excellent information provided you will discover and learn to harness this truly natural pest control workforce.
This book is not only about correct identification; unlike a field guide or academic text the format is approachable and easily understood by novices. The insight and information here will really move you down the garden path of working with nature, to have a more productive garden with less need for sprays. But rest assured, section 3 gives you plenty of ideas on how to control pest problems using organic methods. Great for any gardener, as an outdoor classroom learning aid and essential for keen organic gardeners/farmers to help distinguish between the pest species and those insects which are beneficial. Full colour. 130pp
Garden Pests, Diseases and Good Bugs
Denis Crawford 2015 (AUS)
This impressive Australian guide is packed with more than 750 stunning and detailed photographs with easy to follow advice for anyone who wants a productive, healthy, thriving garden. With this guide you can identify the beneficials (parasites, predators, pollinators and recyclers), pests (insects and mites), disorders, deficiencies and diseases in your garden. Over 150 common garden insects are described in detail including great information on their life cycle, the plants or pests they target and the damage they cause. Encouragement of natural enemies is paramount while other control suggestions emphasize organic strategies where proven. 464pp
Natural Control of Garden Pests
Jackie French 2002 (AUS)
This totally unique and Australian written book brings together all the strategies, management techniques and natural control solutions for your garden including: companion planting, birds and other pest predators, descriptions of common pests, the making and use of organic pesticides as well as an invaluable Pest Control Calendar. 192pp
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