You will be surprised that nature has a role for everyone whether it is big or small. The timid insects that we behold through our eyes are actually carrying a bigger burden. The beneficial insects are needed to keep the balance in Nature, to consume the pests that eat our herbs and vegetables. Beneficial insects are a must for a healthy herb garden.
There is a special satisfaction of the discovery you make when you travel the life cycle of an herb garden. The various herbs and the flower plants that constitute the garden is a self sustained ecology. With experience you can appreciate the system of your garden patio or backyard by examining the types of herb you grow and the sustaining wild life cycle of the beneficial insects and harmful pests. The bio –diversity of your herb garden dictates the type of pests that will get attracted to your garden and the need of insects that thrive on these pests. The beneficial insects eat mites and other insidious pests that attack the small plants. Managing them becomes a challenge and also opens a new door for your learning as you grow in the path of a successful gardener.
Don’t we design our gardens for fragrance, beauty, relaxation and for various physical attributes such as drought-tolerance and shade tolerance? In that case why do we forget to nurture the beneficial insects, bees and companion herb plants?
✅ Best Book Pollinators of Native Plants
An outstanding resource for every gardener – This is an excellent, outstanding resource to identify pollinators to your garden. This is an easy to read reference book with a wealth of information You’ll use for years to come. The photos are detailed with extensive information about the native plants and the pollinators who visit them. A must read for anyone interested in learning about native plants and attracting pollinators to their garden. This book is a good investment.
✅ Best The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control Book
Great organic book. – This book has quite a lot of pictures of pests and diseases. While some pictures are small, a magnifying glass will help since the pictures have a lot of detail Most should be fine without a magnifying glass. This book starts off with information about a healthy soil. It talks about composting and cover crops to get healthy soil. From that point, it starts going into details by vegetable, fruit or nut. Once you get to a specific plant, it talks about the culture, problems for that plant, how to solve the problem organically and to avoid the problem in the future.
The biggest threats that could destroy your vegetables are pests. To get rid of them, you should use other insects, birds, frogs. If your crops though have been infected, spray infected stems and leaves with dilute soapy water and then clear water that is very effective.
If you decide to buy vegetables that are grown instead of using seedlings, most of these come in plastic containers. Be careful when you remove them so you avoid tearing the outside roots especially if these have grown solidly inside the container.
While planting herbs, don’t stick with just one or two but plant many different varieties because these herbs invite insects who make your herb garden their natural habitat.
You might not like to believe but it is true that only 2 percent of the insects in the world are damaging and dangerous. This is great news, it means the remaining are beneficial.
The common organic herb garden is in fact naturally building an eco-system around it by teaming with beneficial insects like lady beetles, predatory bugs, ladybugs, fireflies, green lacewings, praying mantis, spiders and parasitic wasps. These natural helpers eat harmful insects that try to eat your herbs and restrict their growth. In addition, they also play an important role in pollinating the plants and decomposing organic matter. They are environmental friendly, safe and the best part is they are completely free.
Beneficial insects like any other living entities need a favourable climate to survive. Let your garden be a haven that provides plants and flowers, shelter, nectar and pollen grains and alternative prey.