beneficial insects

  • plants for beneficial insects

    Tips for Creating a Beneficial Insect Haven in Northern California

    Beneficial insects are basically the essential workers needed if a garden is to flourish. They’re the good bugs—including native bees, honeybees, butterflies, ladybugs, praying mantises, assassin bugs, lacewings, parasitic wasps,…

  • Design

    Butterflies and Other Garden Visitors

    Sheryl McHugh from Blythewood, South Carolina, sent in these incredible shots of visitors to her garden. A black swallowtail butterfly feeds on nectar from an azalea blossom. Like many butterflies,…

  • Design

    Tour a Stylish Pollinator Garden

    In Designing a Stylish Pollinator Garden, author John Gwynne shared with us his tips for growing a pollinator-friendly garden. However, his design makes this garden a lovely spot for humans…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Critters in Your Compost?

    Contrary to popular belief, compost doesn’t “just happen.” Although, from the outside, you might see nothing more than a pile of rotting leaves and grass clippings, inside that pile a…

  • Article

    How to Attract Good Bugs to Your Garden

    It happens every spring. First a few aphids appear on the cole crops. I barely notice. A week later the aphids have doubled. I start to get concerned. After another…

  • Article

    Bring in the Beneficials

    Gardens for butterflies and bees are easy. Dozens of books, magazine articles, and websites out there will guide you through lists of pollinator-friendly plants like butterfly bush (Buddleia spp. and…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Book Review – Good Bug Bad Bug

    Good Bug Bad Bug, by Jessica Walliser, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common garden pests and beneficial insects.

  • Article

    A Gardener’s Checklist for Early Summer

    You have chores, and we can help you do them efficiently with expert advice on winter cleanup, spring pruning, sowing seeds, planting late-season bulbs, creating containers, dividing perennials...

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Pollinating Insects in the Garden

    Just like the predatory insects, you'll want to lure the pollinators to the garden.

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Predatory Insects in the Garden

    Here's a handy list of the beneficial insect predators that you'll want to invite to your garden.