Conventional pest management has led us down a slippery slope of insect communities being destroyed and dominated by only a few species. This spells trouble for everything we grow, because it creates an imbalance in our garden and environment. It’s not too late to throw away your pesticides and chemical concoctions and grow a garden that is in harmony and balance with nature.
Research is now supporting the argument that diversity of biological communities restores an eco-system. As gardeners, we can harness the power of plants for pest control by choosing plants that attract beneficial insects. On the twenty four acres at Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ we do not use any pesticides or herbicides anywhere. It has never been necessary. We have allowed the natural defense of nature to take control.
Not using pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers encourages birds, butterflies, toads, frogs, snakes and beneficial insects to thrive and create balance in the garden. With the addition of plants that attract beneficial insects you will encourage them to live permanently in your garden.
Attracting beneficial insects into your garden starts from the ground up - the soil. The health of your garden soil works like a chain reaction that effects your whole garden environment. A garden that is overrun with problem bugs is a garden out of balance.
There are decade’s worth of scientific articles about the direct relationship between increased nutrient availability and increased susceptibility to pests and disease. This provides a worthwhile reason to use only organic and eco-friendly fertilizers that have naturally low N-P-K ratings.
Attracting good bugs into your garden should be thought of as a cumulative benefit. Results are not an ‘instant fix’ to a problem. As your plants mature, more and more beneficial insects are established, thereby eliminating the need for insecticides. It will provide a long term solution that will create balance and harmony in your garden and save you money in the long run.
The following are my top 8 plants every gardener should have in their garden to attract the widest selection of natural insect control.