With spring here millions of people will be planting gardens of various sizes. I was looking at some books I own the other day, when I found this small book called Good Bugs for Your Garden written and illustrated by Allison Mia Starcher. Algonquin Books is the publisher of this book.
Good Bugs for Your Garden talks about what bugs a gardener might encourage to visit their garden. This advice may sound strange to a gardener. However, Ms. Starcher says some insects kill other bugs that are bad for your garden. She gives advice through pictures that she has drawn and information on each bug.
Starcher starts the book with an introduction on why insects can be beneficial to a garden. She discusses how an insect develops and how that affects whether they are good or bad bugs. She finishes the introduction with how to get good insects to your garden.
The author then starts to discuss bugs. Each page is dedicated to a different bug. She puts the name of the bug at the top of the page and then puts what order and family they belong to underneath the name.
For example, she talks about Hemiptera order of bugs that includes the Reduviidae family. The bug she discusses from this order is the Assassin bug. Some Assassin bugs like to eat beetles that may harm a garden. Starcher also describes how to attract these bugs by keeping certain plants around.
I enjoyed reading Good Bugs for Your Garden. It features wonderful illustrations. Allison Starcher's style of writing makes the book interesting.
I am not an expert gardener. However, despite liking this book, I feel I must warn gardeners about it. This book is very short on details in some sections. For example, she says things like "depending on the type of Assassin bug" it might eat beetles. That's the problem with some sections of this book. One type of insect from an order of insects might be good for your garden but another type of insect from the same family might be bad. If you are going to take the author's advice do your research, because you don't want to lose your garden to the wrong kind of bugs. Having seen plants destroyed by bugs makes me hope people will research any advice they take from a gardening book. Starcher has some good ideas but she needs to expand on them in detail.