Melinda’s Garden Moments: Helpful Insects

Nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Home gardeners throughout the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative. Here, Melinda shares garden tips which expand on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.

New topics will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To view online streaming video of Melinda’s Garden Moments, click here.

Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Join forces with nature and increase garden productivity, while keeping garden pests under control.

Honeybees pollinate our flowers, are essential for much of our food production and plant reproduction. But other insects like the hummingbird moth do the same. Many garden flowers like bee balm and phlox help bring them to your garden.

Grow a few plants to attract predatory insects to your landscape. Dill and its relatives attract parasitic wasps; coreopsis brings in the aphid-eating lacewings; and milkweed attracts lady beetles as well as monarch butterflies.

Add some hyssop to attract the pirate bugs that eat thrips, spider mites and leafhoppers and members of the aster family to attract spiders that eat a variety of insects.

And avoid pesticides that kill both the good and bad insects in the garden.

A bit more information: The small Trichogramma wasp helps keep harmful caterpillars like cabbage worms under control. The adult lays its eggs in the caterpillar eggs, preventing the caterpillar eggs from hatching and feeding on the plants. These wasps also attack gypsy moths, tomato hornworm, cutworms, codling moths, armyworms, corn borers, fruitworms, and cane borers.

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