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How Does Your Garden Grow?

What is a garden?

What plants need

How plants breathe

Plants get energy from the sun

Plant food factories

Nutritious Soil

Plants need a drink

Pesky Pests

Plant Pals


Budding Gardeners

Five things you can do to garden

Plant Pals.

Not all insects will harm your garden. Many insects actually protect plants by eating pests. These good, or beneficial insects such as ladybugs and praying mantises eat pests like aphids. Birds, bats, frogs, toads, lizards, and snakes also eat insect pests that harm plants. Build birdhouses to attract plant pals to your garden. You can also plant flowers like cosmos, marigolds, and clover that attract good bugs.

Watch this cartoon about P. Ray Mantis and how he fights pests!