The Grasp Gardeners of Hamilton County, in affiliation with the College of Tennessee Extension, proceed their third Saturday Gardening Courses which at the moment are supplied in particular person and on-line through Zoom. The subsequent class takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m., with “Attracting Helpful Bugs to You Yard & Backyard,” introduced by Grasp Gardener Ann Brown.
MGHC’s third Saturday Gardening Courses are free to the general public and happen on the UT-Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Cir., off Bonny Oaks Drive. To enroll to attend in particular person or to register for the Zoom hyperlink, go to: https://mghc.org/calendar/attracting-beneficial-insects-to-your-yard-and-garden/
Grasp Gardener Ann Brown mentioned, “Our yards and gardens are dwelling to hundreds of bugs. The overwhelming majority (90 p.c) are useful or innocent. Bugs are essential elements in our yard and garden ecosystems performing many vital capabilities, corresponding to aerating the soil, pollinating blossoms, and controlling insect and plant pests. Many, particularly beetles, are scavengers, feeding on lifeless animals and particles, thus recycling vitamins again into the soil and creating topsoil. Burrowing bugs corresponding to ants and beetles dig tunnels that present channels for water. We are going to focus on the various totally different sorts of useful bugs and lay out methods to draw these bugs to create environmentally pleasant yards and gardens.”
A Grasp Gardener since 2010, Ms. Brown maintains an natural yard and pollinator garden stuffed with native crops on Lookout Mountain. She has volunteered on the Tennessee Aquarium and Reflection Driving, in addition to talking to many space gardening golf equipment and writing articles for The Lookout Mountain Mirror, The Volunteer Gardener, and Nationwide Gardener magazines. As Bee Metropolis USA co-chair, she advocates for rising pesticide-free habitats for bees, butterflies, and birds.