much broccoli can a bad bug eat, if a bad bug could eat broccoli? From experience,
we all know the answer is 'all of it'! Is is any wonder that bugs have
such a lousy reputation?
Fortunately, for every broccoli eater there is an eater of broccoli
eaters. Why then, you might ask, was my broccoli completely devoured by
multi-legged creatures? The answer is that the good guys probably don't
live at your house anymore.
So what to do? Most of us are familiar with those bug lore legends,
ladybugs and praying mantises, but there are hundreds of other soldiers
waiting and wanting to battle for you in your garden.
Many years ago, during our annual inspection by the California
Department of Agriculture, our inspector strolled leisurely through our
fields naming this bug and that bug. He seemed to be enjoying himself and
it made us rather nervous. Finally, we had to ask, " Are we in
He gave a hearty chuckle and declared that it had been a long time
since he had seen so many BENEFICIAL INSECTS in one place. It turned out
he was an entomologist, a really knowledgeable bug guy. It was the
beginning of our education about how beneficials live and what they
need to hang out in our garden.