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Native Plants: Boosting Natural Pest Predators!

With vegetable gardens in full swing, many Ohio gardeners find themselves at the mercy of pests.

Instead of reaching for toxic sprays which also affect beneficial pollinators, enlist Mother Nature  as your fighter and let her call in the natural predators!  From parasitic wasps to hover flies and bees, plants will send out SOS signals to predators to help them fend off pests.

However, it's hard for a predator to be ready when there's nowhere for them to lodge and no food for them to munch on when they're off duty. Add native plants to attract predatory and beneficial insects!

Native Plants Featured:

- Little Bluestem (𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘮)

- Prairie Dropseed (𝘚𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴)

- Anise Hyssop (𝘈𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘶𝘮)

 - Lanceleaf Coreopsis (𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘢)

- Golden Alexander (𝘡𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘢 𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘢)

- Prairie Onion (𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘮)

- Virginia Mountain Mint (𝘗𝘺𝘤𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘶𝘮 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘮)

- Rattlesnake Master (𝘌𝘳𝘺𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘺𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘶𝘮)

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