Keeping beneficial pests important in gardening

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE

This year I am welcoming wasps and inviting insects to invade our garden. I am experiencing a paradigm shift (a fundamental change of underlying assumptions).

It started when I heard, “Not all insects are bad. In fact, of the 92,00 species that have been identified in the United States, about 87,000 (95 percent) are either good or neutral” (California Master Gardener Handbook).

Beneficial insects help balance the 5 percent of insects that can destroy garden plants and commercial crops. The...

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