Good Bugs And Bad Bugs!

Ladybug? or is it a Manbug?

Hermitsdoor blog, Military Zero Waste blog and other bloggers have reminded me that we are now into the month of June and the bugs are bugging us and our gardens.

Ladybug larva

Not to be critical of other gardeners, each gardener has his/her own reasons for investing a great deal of time and effort in gardening. Whether it be a flower garden or a vegetable garden. Grin.. keep in mind that that pretty little butterfly or moth, fluttering around in your garden today, last week was some kind of worm that most likely was eating your flowers or vegetables! It is unlikely that you can successfully have both a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden.

It’s not to late to seed plants that attract or repel many garden pest. All insects have favored feeding plants as well as plants that will help repel them from moving into your garden for summer vacation. Wikipedia – repellent plants has a good list of plants that repel many garden pest. It is well worth the time and effort to intermix your vegetable garden with an assortment of these insect repellent plants. Natural repellent plants are always better than having to resort to all out chemical warfare to control garden pest.

Green Lacewing

Just as there are plants that repel garden pest insects, there are Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects and should be intermixed with your vegetable plantings. Using and managing natural repellent plants with plants that attract beneficial insects you can with minimum effort control destructive insects while keeping your garden chemical free.

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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10 responses to “Good Bugs And Bad Bugs!

  1. Great Post! Are those little white butterflies in the garden a bad thing?

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    • Re: Nikitaland Thanks for visiting my tiny blog and your nice comment.
      Not seeing the white butterfly I cant identify it, but, in general Any butterfly or moth in your garden is a bad thing. All of them before becoming adults are some kind of worm that are/will be eating your garden plants. White-ish butterfly’s are most likely the adult cabbage worm that dines mostly on cabbage, lectures, brussels sprouts and such.
      Happy worm free summer gardening

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      • Thanks for the info! Yes, we mostly see these small white butterflies around our cabbage plants. Would that Seven Dust work to get rid of them before any damage is done? If not, what would you suggest we put on the cabbage plants to protect them? We really value your opinions!

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        • Source document: Ohio University: Conventional insecticides used for cabbage worm control in home gardens include pyrethroids
          (bifenthrin [Bug-B-Gon Max Lawn & Garden Insect
          Killer], esfenvalerate [Bug-B-Gon Max Garden
          & Landscape Insect Killer], lambda-cyhalothrin
          [Triazicide], and permethrin [Eight]); acetamiprid
          (Ortho Max Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect
          Killer); carbaryl (Sevin); malathion; and endosulfan
          (Thiodan).
          **Note: B.t. is very effective against all three species of cabbageworms in both home gardens and commercial plantings. Because B.t. kills caterpillars but does not kill other insects, it allows natural enemies to survive and contribute to pest suppression. B.t is particularly useful during the spring and early summer to allow natural enemy populations to build up. B.t. products for home gardens include Dipel and Thuricide.
          Happy chemical free if possible, summer gardening

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  2. This is a good reminder. I’m gardening in a different climate over here in Queensland, but we can still use plants that attract or repel the bugs. Thanks for the tip.

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    • Re: Allotment adventures with Jean – Thank you for visiting my humble little blog.
      I’m a bit embarrassed, I sometimes forget that I get many visitors and fellow bloggers ….Grin…not native to Southwest Oklahoma USA.
      Happy Fall Gardening

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  3. The links posted here are very informative, thanks so much for passing this info along! 🙂

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  4. Is there anything that will keep black spot from roses? How about to get rid of aphids from roses?

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