Bugs in the garden can be a gardener’s worst nightmare.
When you live in Texas bugs are everywhere and you learn to embrace the good bugs like spiders, lady bugs, and the praying mantis are just a few of the good bugs I like to have investigating my garden.
Let’s find out why and see if this might help you see the benefit of having good bugs in the garden.
Spiders are always welcome because they eat other bugs.
The most common large spider I have is the grass spider. They like to hide in grass which is what surrounds my raised beds.
Occasionally when I’m watering they’ll surface and crawl away into another area where they bury down and wait for bugs to arrive.
Don’t be in a hurry to remove spiders unless they carry toxic venom.
Lady Bugs and Praying Mantis
Lady bugs are another favorite and I see many in the spring and fall. They seem to fade away in the hotter months much like I do.
They eat the aphids and bring peace to your garden space.
If you don’t have lady bugs visit a nursery they sell them by the package stored in a cooler.
The mantis is another keeper, and we have abundance all over our farm. It took about 2 years for them to arrive and it was so exciting when they did. The mantis will eat good and bad bugs; they are a huge benefit to the garden and they camouflage perfectly.
Other Beneficial Bugs
Bugs like the dragon fly, honey bees, flies, and many beetles are also a huge help for removing bad bugs.
Bugs play their part and letting nature work for you is always going to be a positive experience, but I find it takes patience.
I recognize that bugs are a real pain and can destroy a crop in no time. For those down here in the south our biggest pest would be the grasshoppers.
Thy’re huge and this is where the chickens and quail come into play.
I let the chicken’s free range and the quail get whatever jumps into their run.
Between the two species they’re successful at depleting the grasshopper population. If you can’t free range your chickens you might think about a mobile coop so they can help get the bugs bad bugs in your garden.
We also have a large assortment of wild birds that fly around our farm which are a great help to decreasing our bug population.
Keeping it simple and letting nature work for me is how I detour bugs in my garden. It’s just better all around and keeps things quiet.