Not all insects are harmful for your vegetable garden. In fact many insects play a vital role in aiding and improving your garden, such as improving pollination and eating harmful insects.

Beneficial Insects

  • Lacewing
    • Lacewings eat aphids. Attract them by planting dill, cosmos, sunflowers, and dandelion, alyssum, fennel and carrots
  • Hoverflies
    • Hoverfly larva are great at controlling aphids, thrips, and other plant sucking insects. Attract them by planting carrots, coriander, dill, fennel, alyssum, cosmos, parsley and yarrow
  • Ladybugs
    • Ladybugs feed on aphids and scale insects, but can become a pest if their numbers increase. Attract them by planting yarrow, dill, fennel, and Queen Anne’s lace


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