February 22, 2013 1:44am CST
One of the newer things I've tried in my garden is beneficial insects. Beneficial nematodes can be ordered online for in-store pickup or delivery to your home. The types I use come in a sponge, but they also come in what looks like a powder form. You just walk around your garden and yard spraying the nematodes in a water solution onto the soil and grass outside the hottest hours of the day. The beneficial nematodes will then eat fleas and problem garden bugs without the use of toxic chemicals. They start working right away and multiply quickly. At about #20, they're a great value in organic pest control for the garden. Blue metallic wasps are another beneficial insect. They eat caterpillars, and thus protect your plants' leaves. And the fig wasp is the only way for fig trees to become pollinated. So beneficial insects are great to have around your garden.
25 Feb 13
Thanks a ton for sharing this discussion. Well i am glad to know about the beneficial insects and i hope they are living up to their names. To be very honest they are absolutely needed to help get rid of the unwanted weeds and insects that might hard the harvest or garden. i am glad that u are using it wisely. What say?
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1 Mar 13
The gardeners friend is truly the ladybird, or ladybug they eat the nasty aphids that attack my runner bean plants, I didn't realize there were types of wasps seen as beneficial, maybe because I am highly allergic to wasp stings that I see them as a nuisance. I like the idea of non chemical bug killers, after all we want our prize veggies to be organic!