I love being able to sit and do nothing. It is easy to look around and see this job and that job but in our back garden I am able to sit and enjoy. We have been trying to employ some of the values learnt when reading about food forests. It is a journey, not an instant hit and that is why I enjoy our back garden. It will never be finished so I don’t need to look around and list all the jobs that need doing, they will be there in an hours time. So I simply sit and enjoy.
In your garden you can spray pesticide or you can attract good bugs. These good bugs are the friend against the enemy, the pests that are destroying your garden plants. However, they don’t only live on aphids and green fly, they also need other food.
So in order to attract these insects you need to plant beneficial plants. Plants that will attract our insects. I love flowers and planting some of these plants amongst all your existing plants will be beneficial but also make the garden look pretty.
Ladybirds are my personal favourite. The larvae eat more than the adults. Fennel, Coriander, Tansy, Dandelion,
Hoverflies look like little bees and a lot of people swat them away. Don’t they are brilliant. They like tiny flowers and enjoy snacking on a variety of flowers. Include Lavender, Thyme, Honeysuckle, amongst others.
Lacewing larvae feed on aphids, mites and other small insects. For Lacewing’s include Dill, Coriander, Caraway, Tansy, Dandelion, Fennel, Angelica.
Plants to attract other insects:
Other plants to include Blackberry, Chives, Garlic chives, Sage, Thistle, Nettles, Jasmine.