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Insects & Organic Gardening App Walkthrough

The Insects & Organic Gardening app is much more than just a listing of insects that you’ll find in the garden. We have sections here on soils, plants, planting guide, projects we have done, pest control, crop damage and more.

You can go into the soils section as an example and that will tell you about your healthy soil and brings up a photo of good nutrient rich healthy soil and you can expand the photos or view the PDF which tells you about what you can do to make your soil the best possible to grow your crops.

Going into the plants section you will find insectary plants, which plants can help you deter pests, others that can help you attract beneficial insects to your garden as well as soil improvement, showing plants that can help improve soil quality.

If you navigate to the section on deterring pests, this has a long list of plants that deter the insects that you want to keep out of your garden such as Allium, from the onion family which can deter Aphids, Amaranthus, which will deter ground beetles and cutworm or Basil which can deter Aphids or Whitefly and more. Alternatively, the plants that attract beneficial insects also comes with a PDF that gives you lots of information on all sorts of plants that you can use in your garden that will be beneficial to growing your crops.

There is also a planting guide that goes through companion planting, crop rotation, pH requirements, family groups, moon cycles and general tips with lots of information in there to help you grow.

We have a section on Pest Control that includes information on commercial available treatments for pests as well as home made products that you can make up in your backyard at very little cost that will help you control the insects that you don’t want in your garden.

The Crop Damage section covers things like identifying the cause of crop damage, damage that is not caused by insects but by other factors, ones that are damaged by an insect or grub of some sort as well as leaf eaters and fruit eaters. You can see examples of the damage that you are going to get and methods you can use to control them.

Within the insects section you’ll find our A-Z Listing with all of the entries listed in the section and a clear indication whether they are a pest or beneficial (some can even be both good and bad, depending on what they do). Each entry is supported by a PDF that has lots of information about what that particular insect does in your garden.

Other categories within the Insects & Organic Gardening App include an introduction to insects to allow you to identify Pests, Beneficials, Beetles, True Bugs, Flies, Lacewings or Lady Beetles as well as other bugs and look-alike bugs you’ll find in your garden along with lifecycle stages covering nymphs, eggs and larvae so there is lots of great information there to help you identify exactly what you have in your garden.

Within the Eggs section it is amazing the different variety of eggs that you will see. If you take the Fig Tree Beetle as an example this has a really interesting egg shape and you’ll notice there it has the red cross in the corner clearly showing you that you don’t want this insect in your garden. View the PDF and you’ll learn about this particular insect, the scientific name, when it is out and about, why it is a pest, information about their reproduction cycle and how to control it. It also gives you a photo of the adult, egg, larvae and the damage it causes so you can identify the insect at all stages of its cycle.

Within the Lacewings section you’ll find a large variety including the Antlion Lacewing, Brown Lacewing, Giant Orange Lacewing, Green Lacewing, Mantid Lacewing and the Owlfly Lacewing with photos and a PDF where you can learn about why they are there and what they do.

Inside the pest section, also in alphabetical order, you’ll find the 28 Spot Lady Beetle, marked as a pest with a really good photo including the detail of the colouring so you can identify them and a supporting PDF with information on them, what to do about them and the damage they are causing.

Another great function in the app that we are very proud of is the Compare Function which allows you to go to the gallery in your phone and select a photo of an insect you have taken some time in the past where you want to know what it is. Once you’ve selected a photo the Insects & Organic Gardening App allows you to view all photos within the app or select a particular category you like if you happen to know it is a beetle, fly or egg and then simply scroll across to see if you can find a match. Each photo within the Compare function also includes the green tick or red cross that will tell you whether they are a pest or beneficial species. Once you’ve found a match you can simply tap through to see more photos or information in the PDF.

When you’re using the Compare Function you’ll also see while you have the option to choose a photo from your gallery, you can also take a photo of an insect in your garden where you stand to save the need from going back inside and picking up a book to locate more information.

The app also includes a Feedback section where we really encourage people to send in photos of insects you have found that you can’t identify and we’ll try to help you with along with general feedback on the app or your garden and we’re really interested in everything that is sent to us and we really encourage people to do that as it is a wonderful source of information that we can then share with everyone else.

Another great feature of the Insect & Organic Gardening app is that when you buy the app, all of the information contained inside is yours to have and when we update the app, as we do regularly, that information is automatically updated for everyone who has the app and everyone gets the new information and there are never any additional charges so what you pay initially is a once-only cost delivering exceptional value and a really good source of information on organic gardening.

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