Cultivating a relationship with the beneficial insects in your area is a vital aspect of sustainable permaculture, and offering them a habitat nearby will encourage them to stick around.
DIY repellents such as these can be quite effective alternatives to their more toxic counterparts, and use essential oils to fend off mosquitoes, black flies, and more.
Insect allies such as ladybugs, braconid wasps, and lacewings can help control (and even eliminate) pests like aphids, mites, and caterpillars from your garden.
Give me spring. Give me blustery, moorish mornings with ruffled robin feathers and lost umbrellas. Give me birdsong.
Bees were dying. Everywhere. It seemed unimportant…until you researched it. You realized not only were they important, they were crucial to every benefit we receive from agriculture. Bees were frikkin’ life. A butterfly’s wings might cause a tsunami but a bee’s butt gave us string beans and yams.