Pollinator plants help the garden as seen on Pittsburgh Today Live

Dill is one of the best plants for attracting beneficial insects. Photo by Doug Oster

Dill is one of the best plants for attracting beneficial insects. Photo by Doug Oster


I love bugs! There I said it. Did you know over 90 percent of the insects in the garden are either good or benign?
In my garden I’m growing a variety of plants to attract beneficial insects. They help me garden by pollinating flowers and vegetables and take care of lots of the bad bugs too.
The real key is to plant a variety of different flowering plants in the garden to bring in the good bugs.
Small flowering plants like thyme, oregano, thyme, sweet allysum and others all will bring in beneficials.
Here’s a list of the plants I used on the show-
Coreopsis
Penta
Torenia
Agastache
Zinnia
Thyme
Dill
Cleome (spider flower)
Nicotiana (flowering tobacco)
Basil
Most importantly don’t spray the garden with chemicals, nature really does provide a wonderful balance when we stay out of things.

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