The Grasp Gardeners of Hamilton County (MGHC), in affiliation with the College of Tennessee Extension, proceed their third Saturday Gardening Lessons which are actually supplied in particular person and on-line by way of Zoom. The subsequent class takes place on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m., with “Attracting Useful Bugs to You Yard & Backyard,” introduced by Grasp Gardener Ann Brown. MGHC’s third Saturday Gardening Lessons are free to the general public and happen on the UT-Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle, off Bonny Oaks Drive in Chattanooga. 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 feedback, “Our yards and gardens are residence to 1000’s of bugs. The overwhelming majority (90%) are useful or innocent. Bugs are essential parts in our yard and garden ecosystems performing many vital features, akin to aerating the soil, pollinating blossoms, and controlling insect and plant pests. Many, particularly beetles, are scavengers, feeding on useless animals and particles, thus recycling vitamins again into the soil and creating topsoil. Burrowing bugs akin to ants and beetles dig tunnels that present channels for water. We are going to talk about the numerous 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, Ann 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 growing pesticide-free habitats for bees, butterflies, and birds.

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