|sweet alyssum in row of lettuce|
Why would I plant flowers though out the lettuce in the field?
...no not quite.
To attract Hover Flies! They look like tiny yellow jackets that can be found flying above (hovering) flowers like Sweet Alyssum.
Hover fly larvae eat aphids. Aphids love lettuce...I feel confident saying we've all probably eaten an aphid or two in our lifetime. They are incredibly common. But let's face it no one likes to knowingly have them hopping around in the salad bowl at dinner.
The use of beneficial insects is an awesome way to naturally cut down on unwanted pest and it works pretty well.
Here's an awesome photo (and link in caption) from a California farm that is using this practice....
|field right flower arrangement can improve organic pest control|