Beneficial Bugs For The Garden

What is your favorite bug? Is that question an oxymoron for you?
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Marty Wingate talks to Jessica Walliser about her book,”Attracting Beneficial Bugs To Your Garden.”

Bugs are your friends in the garden. Really. Find the balance. They are wildlife too.
Bugs are your friends in the garden. Really. Find the balance. They are wildlife too.

Get beyond that common feeling of stomping on bugs. Jessica reminds us that the bugs are not the enemy. As organic gardeners, it is easy to see how insects are the workhorses, even sometimes the saviors, of the garden.
Jessica has gone from being a certified pesticide applicator to an organic gardener who focuses on the bugs that prey on pests in the garden. She has eliminated all pesticides, even the organic ones.

Walliser says that one major change does come in the garden. Pick plants that support something else in the garden, a pollinator or a parasitic wasp. She says plant with a purpose, think about habitat, eliminate all pesticides and you will attract beneficial bugs to your garden.