Why should your yard look unattractive and boring? With the wide variety of beautiful flowers and herbs, you can easily enhance the aesthetic appeal of your garden. You can even consider cultivating an organic garden- one that is free from pesticides and other chemicals. Organic gardening doesn’t have to be frustrating and hard. There are simple ways to help you cultivate flowers, herbs, pets, and vegetables without the use of harmful chemicals.
When it comes to cultivating a garden, your number one problem would be the presence of pests. Keep in mind that pesticides, even the organic kind, are not really safe, healthy, and effective against pests. The best way to control pests in your garden is by attracting beneficial insects and bugs, such as lady bugs, lacewings, flower flies, and ground beetles. This may seem counterintuitive; however, these good bugs are the natural predators of bad bugs. In addition, these beneficial insects are also good for your garden.
How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden?
Most beneficial insects feed on pollen and nectar at a certain stage of their life; thus, planting flowers that produces nectar and pollen is the best way to attract good insects and bugs to your DIY organic garden. Planting certain types of flowers will help encourage biodiversity and encourage the growth of beneficial garden insects which acts as Earth’s natural and organic pest control.
This is the ground-breaking method that relies heavily on the use of flowers and herbs known to attract insects that feed on damaging garden pests. Here are some of the most beautiful and valuable flowers and herbs you can cultivate in your garden.
Types Of Flowers And Herbs
Calendula: This flower is very important if you are trying to grow a vegetable garden. This flower reseeds easily and naturally spreads itself around your garden. This means that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to grow this plant. The flowers may range from dark orange to pale yellow, adding bright colors to your garden. In addition, the petals of this plant are edible. In fact, you can pull off the colorful petals and add them over to your salad. This flower can attract hoverflies, butterflies, and bees.
Cornflower: This plant is a gorgeous blue wildflower that produces a lot of nectar; thus, it can attract a host of beneficial insects, such as lacewings, hoverflies, ladybugs, beneficial wasps, and butterflies. This flower is very easy to grow since all you have to do is spread the seeds directly in the garden during the fall season or early spring.
Sunflower: Sunflowers are excellent addition to your organic garden. Not only do they add a refreshing and warm color to your garden, it is also an excellent beneficial insect attractor. These plants produce a lot of pollen and nectar, and the big flowers provide an excellent landing pad for various insects and bugs.
Sweet Alyssum: These lovely white flowers are very easy to cultivate and grow. Studies have confirmed that this plant is very attractive to flower flies which are the natural predators of aphids. It also attracts hoverflies as well as beneficial wasps.
Zinnias: Just like sunflowers, this plant offers an excellent landing pad for insects and bugs. It also provides plenty of nectar and pollen. Zinnias are very easy to grow. All you need to do is spread them in the ground and watch the flowers grow. This plant produces a lot of blooms, and you can cut back the flowers when their color starts to fade. This plant is excellent in attracting flower flies, beneficial wasps, ladybugs, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Anise Hyssop: This is a summer-blooming flower that has fuzzy lavender flower spikes that can grow up to 2-3 feet high. It is rich in nectar; thus, it attracts butterflies, bees, and other pest-eating insects. Aside from its attractive appearance and its ability to attract insects, it is also edible. The licorice-flavored leaves of this plant are perfect for tea. It blooms from the first year it was planted.