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RE: Up close and personal with a few predators.

in HiveGarden6 months ago

An ebook is a great idea!

It's funny as there was recently a conversation in the gardening group on just this topic. Too often organic gardening advice comes with recommended "organic" pesticides, but rarely any insight or advice on encouraging diversity and predator populations, so I feel like it's not something that enough of us are aware of as gardeners. While organic safe pesticides are less toxic on our foods, they still don't discriminate between pest and beneficial bugs. I guess early organic practices still kept the mindset of monoculture growing practices and are only just starting to relearn old biodiversity practices.

Learning what our pest predators look like is just as important as learning what the pests look like, so we don't jump to the conclusion that all bugs are bad for the garden.

I love those geckos. I'm always so happy to see them at night when I'm out assessing the pest bug situation, but I have to admit they sometimes make me jump when they come into view of my torch. 😆 We found a giant centipede in the house the other day too, which made my daughter jump. Creepy looking, but I'm not complaining about another predator to turf back into the garden.

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It's an important topic for sure. That's why I'm pushing it here, on Ligaya Garden Online and on Instagram. I'm about to do a post on which cabbage eating caterpillar caterpillar comes from which moth/butterfly. Taking the pics is what takes most of the time, they are so tiny and my hands and vision are so wobbly! Thank God for digital - I can take a dozen shots at a time.

really to see an lizards myself. I know we have some bluetongues around because we get so few slugs and snails. Earwigs too breed in large numbers and disappear shortly after. Geckoes are my favourite though because they can get up into the canopy and chase down pests there. they're just too cute too!