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Insects and Gardens by Eric Grissell
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Jun 10, 2012

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bookshelves: appleton-public-library, entomology, non-fiction
Read from June 05 to 06, 2012

Eric Grissell tries really really hard in this book to advocate for the consideration of insects. He always assumes his reader is a gardener who has no use for them, who is totally unsympathetic. Since I came to this book looking to learn about insects in the garden because I am already there, already very interested, this was extremely tiresome.

As for the learning itself, I think this book just got to me a little too late. There are a lot of interesting things in here, but I knew most of them already, so, as I kind of suspected, this is part of the path I've already put behind me. It seems like he does a good job, and has some interesting thoughts on the philosophy of managing a garden (that is, why to do it "naturally" and what that might mean). But it wasn't what I wanted it to be. Perhaps Grissell's Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens will be more specific and therefore more aimed at my knowledge bracket.

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