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Beneficial Bug Magnet Kit

$44.00

Fight garden pests without pesticides!  Attract beneficial predatory insects like green lacewings, lady bugs, parisitoid (non-stinging) wasps, and others to do the work for you with these workhorse plants.

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Whether you’re growing vegetables or just flowers, it’s important to avoid pesticides in order to protect your family, pets, important pollinators, and the wildlife around you.  But you don’t want to leave your plants at the mercy of garden pests.  We say leave the job to mother nature’s most efficient pest killers – beneficial predatory insects like green lacewings, lady bugs, parisitoid (non-stinging) wasps, and others.

The best way to support beneficial insects is with large-scale, diverse plantings of natives.  But this kit contains the very best workhorse plants that offer a great shortcut by attracting them in droves.  Just one green lacewing larva, for instance, can eat up to 60 aphids in an hour.

All plants are moderate spreaders that do well in full sun.  Plant them near your vegetable garden or wherever you need protection from pests like aphids, spider mites, thrips, and various soft-bodied pests.

The 20-plant kits will cover about a 20 square-foot bed (4’x5’). Each plant comes as a landscape plug, about 2 inches across and 5 deep.  They are all perennials, which means they’ll come back year after year. These starter plants are an economical way to establish a garden from scratch at a fraction of the cost of buying full-sized plants.  The kits include 5 of each species.  All kits will include planting instructions.

Garden kits must be ordered by noon on Thursday, May 3rd. They will be available for in-person pickup between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday, May 19th (note: due to our grower’s production schedule, this is the weekend after our pollinator kits are available) in Collingswood, NJ (pickup location TBA).

Beneficial Bug Magnet Kit includes:

Common Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Blooms: June-September
Height: 2-3 feet

In addition to being great for predatory beneficials, this plant is also a boon to pollinators.  Flowers can vary from white to pink, but are sometimes even yellow or red.

Short-toothed Mountain Mint – Pycnanthemum muticum

Blooms: July-September
Height: 2-3 feet

One of the best plants for both pollinators and beneficial predatory insects (and plant of the year!).  Also available in full trays of 25 plants.

Blue Giant Hyssop – Agastache foeniculum

Blooms: July-September
Height: 2-4 feet

Tubular stalks of purple flowers attract butterflies and bumblebees, while (of course) the anise-scented leaves and flowers support a wide array of beneficial insects.

Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium scoparium

Height: 2-4 feet

Grasses are important for beneficial insects as well, providing necessary cover as well as a food source.  Leave the stalks up over the winter to provide shelter (and winter interest).