Beneficial Insects You Want in your Garden – The Gardener’s Best Friends!

Beneficial Insects You Want in your Garden – The Gardener’s Best Friends!


Hello friends
In today’s episode We look at some commonly found garden
insects that are actually very beneficial for your garden
So let’s meet some of these friends that you would love to have in your garden
Lets start with honey bees Honey bees play a very important role in pollinating
a lot of plants fruit plants especially citrus plants here in Southern California
And in a typical Southern California garden you will be amazed at how many Honey bees
exist around citrus trees You can see them buzzing around citrus trees
like oranges, tangerines and limes And now lets meet its cousin the Bumble bee The Bumble bee is a much larger bee which has a unique buzzing sound and it pollinates a lot of vegetables like eggplants, cucumbers and squashes The Bumble bees are so important that a lot of green houses actually use Bumble bees to
pollinate the plants that are stored inside green houses and as you can see they look
lovey and they make a very unique buzzing sound as they go around and pollinate all
your vegetables in your garden and as long as you don’t use pesticides in your garden
you will have a lot of Bumble bees buzzing everywhere
Now lets look at Lady bugs or Lady birds This is a very beneficial insect that preys
on all the harmful insects for your plants like aphids and some other insects as well and Lady bugs are beautiful to look at they come in a variety of colors and in the Spring
time and Summer time you will see a lot of Lady bugs in your garden and they would do
a great job at eliminating the bad insects from your garden and if you naturally have
them that’s good if not you could head over to your local garden store and buy some live
Lady bugs as you can see here these Lady bugs are ready to go out and feast themselves on
all the bad insects like aphids, scales and white flies and stuff Now lets look at Earth worms These harmless creatures are not really insects
but they play a very important role in your garden
They convert a lot of organic matter into rich humus and they also play a very important
role in furrowing through your soil making it nice and loose and adding a lot of valuable
nutrients in the soil They also digest small particles of soil like
sand and then excrete them and their droppings called worm castings are very high in nutrients
They play a very important role in decomposing your compost bin as well and converting them
into worm castings and worm tea which will add a lot of nutrients to your soil
So earthworm is definitely the gardeners best friend I hope you enjoyed this episode and i hope you get to see a lot of these beneficial insects
in your garden by not using pesticides you will make sure these nice and beneficial insects
are always there in your garden We will see you again soon
Happy gardening

39 thoughts on “Beneficial Insects You Want in your Garden – The Gardener’s Best Friends!”

  1. Great one! I just noticed hoverflies coming back to my garden and tried to get some slow-mo footage of them…they're fast! It's amazing how building soil and cultivating the right plants can bring back all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden. Love your videos California Gardening!

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  3. Overuse of chemicals in farming, has made disappear the little creatures in farming community, No wonder, their jab had to be done by chemicals, that is why all kinds disease chronic has become to epidemic scale

  4. Good episode, scratch that, great episode! Now do one on common pests that are harmful to backyard gardens

  5. Good vedios, can you advice on fire ants in compost bins and some tips of composting videos please. I have bought a compost bin from Aldi and the matter is composting but there are so many fire ants that I am scared to put the compost in my beds . Please advice

  6. Nice super slo mo – GoPro?

    We don't have bumble bees but we have blue banded bees instead who also buzz pollinate.

  7. Hi, very helpful information. Are you familiar with an Indian banana variety called 'Elaichi Kela' in the local language. I'd like to procure and grow in California.

  8. I understand that grown lady bugs are not as beneficial as the ones in the larval stage. Those are the ones that LOVE to feast on aphids, etc… I've tried buying ladybugs but they were gone in 24 hrs and we had a big infestation of aphids. Your opinion?

  9. Not insects, but a number of snakes are beneficial to have in the garden – DeKay's Brown Snakes, Red-Bellied Snakes, Earth Snakes (in Central to Eastern US), and others like the Sharp-Tailed Snake in the West. All of those eat slugs.

    Also of note, if you buy ladybugs make sure they are not wild collected and that they are a native species. Otherwise you'll just create more problems.

  10. I heard that worm castings don't have a lot of nutritional value.But the value they have is ready available for plants to absorb..also the beneficial microbs in them is the reason they are very good for the soil.

  11. I would like to know what I can plant right now in my raised beds. I have three 10 x 10 beds. I am in near Sacramento California, Thanks

  12. Hi there, I live in Vancouver Canada. Can you suggest some easy growing fruits & vegetable that I can grow in Vancouver's weather. It rains a lot here sometimes for days. Even it stays cloudy for so many days too.

  13. Can I reuse potting mix. Which I used last year.will it be good if I add all purpose plant food to it and use

  14. I cross my fingers this year in hopes that the stinkbugs died over this cold winter here in Florida

  15. How about Centipedes? I know they feast on spider and other small insects but is it something to worry about? I can't stand the sight of them but if they are beneficial then I will let them be.

  16. My fsvorite So Cal beneficial insect is the Syrphid Fly, or Hoverfly. I've had a female hoverfly make her home in my apartment patio garden, and she lays eggs every day. As adults they feed on nectar and help pollinate, and as larva they feed on pest insects like Thrips and Aphids.

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