Beneficial insects in the garden

One easy, effective way to reduce insect problems is to make your garden a comfortable home for beneficial insects.

Here’s how:

Offer them a drink.

Hot, dry, summer weather can be hard on beneficial insects. To make a bug bath” for your garden, partially fill an old birdbath or some other container with rocks or gravel, then add just enough water to keep the stones moist. Because the insects can drown in standing water, you’ll need to create wet surfaces with lots of dry islands.

Beneficial insects in the garden

Give them flowers.

To draw beneficial bees, wasps, and flies to your garden, grow some of the small, lowering plants they prefer. Members of the mint, carrot, and daisy families seem to be especially attractive to beneficial. Or there’s an even easier way: Just let some of your vegetables bolt and flower. Radishes, Chinese cabbage, mustard, parsley, and broccoli all produce blossoms that entice beneficial.

At the Rodale Institute Research Center, researchers have studied beneficial insect habitats. They recommend planting the following plants in and around your garden beds and borders to attract and nurture beneficial insects: buckwheat, caraway, crimson clover, white clover, ‘White Sensation’ cosmos, dill, fennel, hardy marguerite, ‘Lemon Gem’ marigold, spearmint, and common tansy.

Beneficial insects in the garden

Use spider mulch.” Mulching your crops with hay or dried grass when you plant in the spring will attract spidersa formidable natural pesticide” that can drastically reduce insect damage in vegetable gardens.

To Squash or Not?

Managing pest populations necessitates an awareness that not all bugs are bad. Not every insect that sits on a flower is there for a meal. By observing your garden often and well and using the identification guide that follows, you’ll learn to recognize which insects do damage, which are good guys that eat bad guys, and which ones are just passing through.

Beneficial insects will help to do your garden clean from garden pests.

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