Four Garden Friends



There are four essential friends that every gardener wants and needs in the garden.

Earthworms are the number one friend to have in the garden. They till the soil. They make burrows for water drainage. Earthworm castings are the best fertilizer nature can provide.

Ladybugs eat aphids by the thousands. Both the larvae and adult ladybeetles eat numerous insect pests such as spider mites, thrips, and eggs of the Colorado Potato Beetle, European Corn Borer, and many other insects.

Honeybees are necessary for pollination of cucumbers, squash, fruits, flowers, nuts, and many, many other plants and food crops. Over ninety percent of the honeybees in the U.S. have simply disappeared. Many theories abound as to why. Studies are ongoing. Attract honeybees with flowering herbs and flowers.

Lastly, comfrey. Comfrey is a plant that grows fast. It can be chopped and mixed in the soil, placed on the surface as a mulch, or soaked in water and fed as compost tea to plants. It's especially good for tomatoes and other plants that need a lot of potassium.

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