Attracting predatory insects into our gardens
Ground Beetles & Friends Welcome
|Spider - Beth Reis Photography|
|Dogbane Beetle - ODNR Division of Wildlife|
So how do we entice these nocturnal, Vikings to taking up residency in our gardens? Advertise!! You don't need a flashing neon billboard; subtle blooms and fragrances radiating from Ohio native plants will spark their curiosity enough for them to glide in and grab a snack. When creating your Beetle Bump consider using building material that beetles are fond of: leaves, sticks, native grasses, sledges and native plants will do the trick.
NOG's Beetle Bump V One!
|Lady Beetle - Beth Reis Photography|
I created our bump in the same fashion I bake, cook and raise native plants. A little of this, a bit of that combined with a extra dose of improvisation and substitution. Low and behold our very own Nodding Onion Gardens Beetle Bump Version One.
Make do with what you have!
True to my nature, I used what we had in the "cupboard". A shady spot was chosen for one reason; our native plants have priority on the sunny real estate.
Recipe for Our Permanent Beetle Bump Condo
|Sticks, Brush and leaves|
First Floor - Four bundles of Raspberry Brambles and 2 garbage can of full of sticks and branches
Third Floor - Three garbage cans full of decomposing leaves
Fourth Floor - Four wheel barrels full of compost. This was a huge sacrifice!
Fifth Floor - Thin netting was spread over the top to help keep the bump from washing away.
Sixth Floor - Native Ohio Wildflowers and grasses were selected that prefer or tolerate shade.
|A nice warm layer of hay!|
Prospective native wildflowers for our beetle bump:Helianthus strumosus - Pale-leaved Sunflower, Oenothera biennis - Evening of Primrose, Eupatorium coelestinum. - Mist Flower.
Native Grasses for our Beetle Bump - From Prairie Moon Nursery we ordered four different types of grasses native to Ohio: Elymus villosus - Silky Wild Rye, Carex retorosa - Deflexed Bottle-brush Sedge, Elymus hystrix - Bottlebrush Grass, Carex shortiana - Short's Sedge
Our Experiment - The NOG Beetle Bump is Version One has not been tested or tired, at this stage of the game it is merely an experiment which will hopefully encourage others to learn more about Beetle Bumps and Beetle Banks. The Xerces Society has a blueprint method that may be of interest to you, Try Beetle Banks for Organic Pest Management .
Good luck! We would love to hear about your Beetle Bump Version!
|February 2017 - Where are the plants?|
A great source for more details us Ohio State Associate Professor, Mary Gardiner's new book Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know About Beneficial Predatory Insects