Spring is in the air, but the air is still a little too chilly to be doing any actual planting. Around here, Toronto, Canada, the first official gardening weekend is May 24th. By that date the cold nights are gone and the sunshine is here to stay…we cannot wait. Until then it’s all about preparing the garden and our outdoor spaces for the summer. We try and plant flowers that draw pollinators to our garden. Insects like bees and butterflies are critical to our eco-system so we try and help them out as much as possible. This year we decided to make a bug house. The idea behind a bug house is to promote the health and increase the presence of “good” bugs in our garden spaces. Some of the bugs we hope to attract, and house, are bees, ladybugs and lacewings. Ladybugs (or ladybirds) and lacewings eat pests like aphids…so they are good in my books. My daughter and I set about making a bug house for our backyard.
Now we wait to see who will come and live in our bug house. My daughter was very keen to work on this project. She was able to cut all the straws and she selected the exact spot where we hung our house. We actually ended up making 2 bug houses…she was so enthusiastic. I love the idea of helping out bugs. Often times we assume all bugs are pests, when in reality many bugs are very helpful in our gardens. What are your favourite bugs in your garden? What bugs do your kids like?