This book has been indispensable in my ongoing journey to become a successful, organic, sustainable gardener and urban farmer! I have learned so much, and whenever I see a new "visitor" in my garden, I grab this book first to find out whether it is a welcome addition or one I need to deter naturally and safely in the future. You also will learn and understand more about the importance — and beauty — of synergy in nature.
The Texas Bug Book is your complete guide for identifying and organically controlling all of the most common Texas insects — and people in other states also have benefitted from the detailed information in this book!
Drawing on years of practical experience and research, organic gardening experts Howard Garrett and Malcolm Beck give detailed instructions on how to identify, understand the life cycle of, and control or protect Texas insects, mites, snails, slugs, nematodes, and other critters.
The Texas Bug Book also includes striking color photos and black-and-white drawings to help you identify each bug. Garrett and Beck highlight the many useful roles that bugs play in nature and offer proven organic remedies for infestations of pest insects.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Howard Garrett is a nationally syndicated organic gardening/living radio talk show host, author 15 books on organic growing, columnist (Organic Answers) for the Dallas Morning News, chairman of the Texas Organic Research Center, past member of the Organic Advisory Board of the Texas Department of Agriculture, arborist and landscape architect.
He has extensive experience in landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, and organic product development. Howard has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the organic movement and the natural organic marketplace, and he provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living.
In 1985, the birth of Howard's daughter Logan was the turning point in his education into organic gardening, landscaping, farming and ranching.
By 1988, he had committed his entire career to the research, education and promotion of organic products and practices. In addition to teaching organics to homeowners, he began the conversion of numerous commercial projects such as the Frito-Lay National Headquarters in Plano. Howard's work also includes research on natural organic planting techniques, use of native and well adapted introductions and water saving solutions.
Known as "the Dirt Doctor", he has a popular organic gardening program, The Natural Way, on WBAP-820 AM radio, a weekly column in the Dallas Morning News, a monthly Dirt magazine, and is a sought-after and regional and national speaker.
Malcolm Beck, of San Antonio, is the founder of Garden-Ville Fertilizer Company. Winner of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in 1997, he writes and speaks extensively on organic growing practices.