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North Country Gardening 7-24-10

Like all living things, beneficial insects need water. This need can be met by simply placing a water-filled saucer with some rocks in and around it in the garden. Most of these insects have wings and will move out of the garden if water is not available.

With some time and an understanding, even the most bug-squeamish gardeners can come to appreciate the importance of beneficial insects and biodiversity within the garden!

Anne Lenox Barlow has had experience in the agricultural field as a horticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. She can be reached by e-mail at a.lennox.barlow@gmail.com.

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