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The Itty-Bitty Insect Hotel
7/25/2009 6:06:48 PM

This month I would like to show you around our hotel — our insect hotel, that is!

Our miniature hotel provides a suitable habitat for the insects we keep, which are so very important for cultivating our gardens. Keeping insects is a natural method of plant protection that is particularly effective in closed buildings such as greenhouses. They control the bad insects in various ways and pollinate the plants.

The “hotel” demonstrates how easy it is to create situations that support insects. I enjoy observing how the different yet valuable little critters bring food and housing materials into each of the hotel’s little rooms. My colleague Heike, pictured here, is distributing the insects onto the plants so they can do their good work.

Heike distributing insects

Weeding, weeding, weeding! We do a lot this time of year, but it's fascinating how many different types of weeds we have in our gardens. Some are even useful and beneficial, such as Capsella bursa pastori, a valuable medicinal plant. We try to maintain a balance between clean fields, which is important for the quality of the harvest, and a healthy amount of plant diversity.

 

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