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Attracting Beneficial Insects

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My Mesclun Lettuce mix (which includes Pak Choi, Mizuna, Mibuna and Mustard) went to seed pretty quick in the hot weather but instead of pulling it I let it flower. These bright yellow flowers are from the Mizuna in the mix. The flower stalks are amazingly tall and stay upright. And they attract a wonderful amount of beneficial insects like hover flies, ladybirds, lacewings, bees and other pollinators.

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Getting the beneficial insects into the kitchen garden is the difficult bit. Once they are here they seek out aphids, mealy bugs and mites by themselves. It can only be a good thing, right? And the yellow flowers add a great backdrop to the rows of Lettuces below.

5 Responses to “Attracting Beneficial Insects”

  1. compostitallon 12 Jun 2013 at 4:40 pm

    RT @mytinyplot: Attracting Beneficial Insects http://t.co/mKBXtjSRuP

  2. Monikaon 13 Jun 2013 at 6:49 am

    I am smiling at the “hot weather” and wondering what you would be writing if you were still over here in the UK… no chance of anything bolting here at the moment ;)
    Your garden looks wonderful, btw!

  3. VPon 13 Jun 2013 at 11:12 am

    Mine went to seed very quickly too – the flowers are also edible :)

  4. Nicolaon 13 Jun 2013 at 2:45 pm

    hello x
    gosh I wish we had your sun!
    Everything looks burgeoning!(as Carol Klein would say!
    Can you still get Gardeners World over there?
    Are there any good American gardening shows?
    Nicola , cloudy,windy,cold Suffolk…

  5. mtpon 18 Jun 2013 at 2:51 am

    Hi Nicola, Yes I watch Gardeners’ World every week on the iPlayer. I haven’t found an American show that is quite that good. I look forward to it.