Real World Gardener Beneficial Insects for your garden in Plant Doctor

September 20th, 2015

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PLANT DOCTOR

In every garden lurks aphids, mealybugs, two spotted mites and other pests that prey on your vegetables and flowers.

What’s an organic gardener going to do ?

Is there someone to call? Certainly not ghostbusters!

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Forget nasty expensive chemicals that do harm to our bees and the good bugs in our garden.

Because that’s the answer, enlist the help of the good bugs but you may need to call them up with some help.

Q and A with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au


1-DSC_2146.JPGBeneficial insects need food, water and shelter to come into your garden.

Different stages of their life cycle require different foods.

For example, the adult Hoverfly and Lacewing feed on pollen and nectar but the larvea feeds on pest insects.

If pest numbers are low, larvae will also feed on pollen and nectar to get them through the lean times.

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Foods you should plant include plants from these families; Asteraceae or Daisy family, Apiaceae or Carrot family, Lamiaceae or Mint family.

The plant list includes all herbal plants and Mint, Lavender, Caraway Cosmos, Chrysanthemum, Alyssum, Queen Anne's Lace.

What these plants have in common is flower over a long period of time, the flower structure and a dense source food.
When you enlist the help of beneficial insects to your garden this is actually called biological control.

These insects are the natural enemies of garden pests and they can be an effective, non-toxic method for solving your garden pest problems.

Farmers used it in a system called integrated pest management or IPM.

Another reason to go natural and use beneficials, is that a greater number of insects are now showing resistance to chemical pesticides.

Funnily enough, no insects have shown immunity to being eaten

Plus, these insecticides have been shown to be harmful to bees as well as ourselves.

If you have any questions about identifying pests or beneficial insects, or have some information you’d like to share, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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