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Insects and Gardens

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978 0881 927689
1.80 LBS
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Gardeners need to know a little about all the insects in their gardens if they are to understand how a garden functions properly, naturalistically, because insects, like the soil, are an essential part of a garden's structure.  Understanding the difference between what takes place in nature, what takes place in the garden, and how to integrate the two realms is the primary goal of Insects and Gardens, and insects are its central players.  With some basic understanding of insects and the roles they play, gardeners will be better able to access and respond to situations that arise or, in some cases, simply ignore them and let nature take its course.

With a sound basis in science and a practical grounding in gardening experience, Eric Grissell introduces the reader to the role of insects in garden ecology.  His insightful account of insect biology is supported by Carll Goodpastyure's photographs, which reveal a captivating beauty and illustrate the vital interdependence between insects and plants.  This book will be loved by anyone seeking a greater appreciation and understanding of these often-maligned garden visitors.

Contents:  Part I. Lives of the Insects: What is an insect? Orders in the garden, Some basics of insect development, Survival, Part II. The Ecology of Gardening: Function of insects in the garden, Interactions between insects & plants, Interactions of insects with each other, Conceptions: view of the garden, Diversity: basis of a balanced garden, Part III. Insects and Humans: The Gardener's Perspective: Increasing diversity in the garden, Inviting insects into the garden, Fear & loathing: a gardener's guide, Appreciating insects, The realistic gardener, Additional reading.

Eric Grissell, photography by Carll Goodpasture, 2001, 345 p, beautifully colored photographs throughout, soft.  $19.95

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