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  1. What plants attract ladybugs to the garden?

Ladybugs are charming little bugs with a huge appetite for aphids and other pests. A single ladybug can kill as many as 5,000 pests in its lifetime. It is so beneficial to allow some pests in the garden, as ladybugs will change their home if there is no food source in the garden. You can also plant a plant that attracts aphids, such as nasturtium. The plants that attract ladybugs to the garden are: dandelion, marigold, marigold, common yarrow, cosmea, bellflowers, wild carrots, angelica, American straw, raspberries, garlic, dill, mint, parsley, fennel.

  1. What plants attract butterflies?

Many species of butterflies have decreased in number mainly due to the shrinking of habitats. Planting a variety of nectar-rich plants is a great way for gardeners to help support these beautiful creatures. Plants that butterflies love are: milk thistle, common yarrow, lupine, Syrian silkworm, nettles, primrose, mountain sky, American thatch, lantana, nasturtium, daisy, meadow sage, zinnia, goldenrod, bellflowers. Butterflies are also attracted to certain herbs, such as fennel, thyme, mint, and parsley.

  1. What plants attract frogs?

If a frog decides to take up residence in your garden, you should be delighted, because these friendly amphibians are not only fun to have in the garden, but also very useful. Frogs, like toads, eat an incredible number of pests, including mosquitoes, flies and snails. They like plants with large, low-growing leaves to hide under. If you have a pond, surround it with shade-loving plants such as ferns or hostas. Nectar-rich plants (such as those you would plant to attract butterflies) attract insects that provide a tasty meal for frogs.

  1. How to attract earthworms to the garden?

Earthworms loosen and aerate the soil, leaving behind an abundance of nutrient-rich droppings that improve soil quality. To attract earthworms, add organic matter to the soil, such as compost, grass clippings, and leaf clippings. If you prefer, you can leave organic matter, including bark, compost, dried grass, on top of the soil where it protects earthworms from hungry birds and enriches the soil as it decomposes.

  1. So bogomolke koristne za vrt?

Bogomolka ni nujno najboljša žuželka na vašem vrtu, ampak tudi ne najslabša. Bogomolka poje veliko vrtnih škodljivcev, med drugimi tudi listne uši, in je ena redkih žuželk, ki je dovolj hitra, da poje komarje in muhe. Vendar pa se prehranjuje tudi z večjimi koristnimi žuželkami, kot so metulji in čebele. Večina vrtnarjev vseeno meni, da bogomolka vrtu koristi, ker se ne razmnožujejo dovolj hitro, da bi zmanjšala populacijo drugih koristnih žuželk in ker zmanjšuje potrebo po pesticidih.

  1. How to attract beneficial insects that feed on aphids?

To invite beneficial insects, create a pleasant habitat with a variety of plants that bloom throughout the season. Plants such as dill, fennel and yarrow are particularly attractive to bees. Beneficial insects also like nectar-rich flowers such as zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, and herbs such as lavender, parsley and coriander. You will also need to allow some pests in the garden because beneficial insects will not visit a garden without food sources. Provide water, such as a birdbath with a rock overhanging the water, or a dish of water and pebbles.

  1. Which plants attract bees to the garden?

Plant a variety of flowering plants to give bees access to plants with nectar and pollen in a variety of shapes and colors from early spring to late summer. Native meadow plants are very attractive to bees and require minimal care; but there are also many non-native plants that are friendly to bees. Plant flowering plants in clusters, preferably in a sunny area protected from strong winds. Bee-friendly plants are all types of clover, blue sedge, yarrow, marigold, meadow sage, sunflower, American sedge, lavender, zinnia, common gorse, bellflower, carnation, primrose, sedge, St. Spices and aromatics that attract bees: all kinds of mint, lemon balm, oregano, basil, wormwood, thyme, thyme, sage.

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