So why and what is a Beneficial Bug?
Did you know, your garden is an important refuge for wildlife and can be an amazing place to watch it?
Your garden will be packed full of mini beasts, not as big maybe as animals you see in the Serengeti but, the raw action will be just the same!
Imagine the scene. Herbivores, quietly grazing, some cunningly camouflaged to avoid detection. Hungry predators prowling, waiting for the chance to pounce. Then, the carnivore rushes in to seize its prey! What Drama!
The only difference is& it's scaled down a bit!
Through the summer this scene is played out every day. Ladybirds, lacewings and ground beetles are voracious hunters and tend to eat the more harmful creatures that blight our gardens.
If we can encourage these animals to our garden, we can benefit and so will our environment. We can encourage pollinators too. Bees and butterflies will help our flowers bloom and their presence in the garden adds other dimensions of sound, colour and movement!
Step 1: What We Need
Old wooden box
(For very best results you will want to use a wood like oak that will weather well, and avoid any wood that has been treated as this could kill the very bugs you want to encourage....The bugs like rotting wood much more for a home then something that has been recently covered in chemicals)
Step 2: Putting It Together
Take a look at your box, measure the depth of the box, this will tell you just how long you will need to mark and saw your bamboo.
I would start with a relativity small box as the sheer volume of bamboo can be a bit of a task, In this one I use a box that held two bottles of wine......for the record, the wine was very nice, Maison Louis Jadot Burgundy!