How to grow a garden that encourages beneficial insects
February 7, 2017
There is a growing trend in Australia to sources organic food, and local food. This trend, in an industry that is valued at $1.72 billion dollars is growing by over 15% each year.* Once of the best ways to grow your vegetables organically is to ensure that there is a diverse range of insects to create a natural balance in the garden.
A diverse range of plants in a vegetable garden will ensure that pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted. This is desirable as it helps to establish and retain the natural balance in the garden.
This is a small list of the some of the common insects you want find living in your garden. They will help to control aphids, thrip, caterpillars, and mites as well as snails and slugs.
This site provides a helpful overview of some beneficial insects.
Planting these plants among your vegetables will provide shelter and food for beneficial insects
This post provides some organic pest control ideas for Autumn and Winter, particular to white cabbage moth.
This post provides some tips on organic pest control in Autumn
Growing plants for food and shelter as well as physical structures and water to encourage the presence of a range of beneficial insects will have a positive impact on your vegetable garden harvests, reducing plant loss, time spent tending plants and create a natural balance.
What are you doing in your garden to encourage beneficial insects?
* Australian Organic Market Report, November 2014 Australian Organic Ltd
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