10/22/2009

Who wants bugs in their garden?

I do! I do!

The speaker at a recent SCNPS meeting asked this question. It made me realize that my attitude towards insects has changed a lot in the few years I've been garden blogging. In the beginning, I obsessed over how Japanese beetles were eating my rose bushes. Now I'm becoming obsessed with what sorts of plants I can provide for caterpillars to munch on.

4 comments:

Janet said...

Oh for that different perspective. Guess we want the plants for beneficial insects.

scgardener said...

I'm with you. The vast majority of insects are either beneficial or benign. The "kill them all" attitude just doesn't work. I've seen gardens that switched from heavy pesticide use to integrated pest management have a major drop in damaging insects within a year or two. And the butterflies, dragonflies, etc. start to thrive. Gardens should be full of life.

compost in my shoe said...

Without them, the garden would be boring.......

Vetsy said...

I need to purchase a Bug book so I can identify the Bad and the Good bugs. I drove myself Nuts this Summer trying to figure them out!

Vetsy