Hi Im Tricia an organic gardener beneficial insects are a key part of organic gardening.
Today I'm going to plant a hedgerow to attract beneficial insects to the orchard. Beneficial insects like lady bugs lace wings predatory beetles parasitic wasps and surfed flies will all eat pollen and nectar but they'll also eat the pest insects in your garden. If you want those beneficial insects to stick around you need to have a habitat for them and studies have shown that in an insectary planting the good bugs outnumber the bad bags three-to-one and that's exactly the opposite if you were to find a weedy patch.
Beneficials are somewhat picky not any flowers will do they are particularly fond of umbel flowers like dill California buckwheat, carrot and yarrow, clovers, alyssum and nasturtiums are some favorites. Check out what plants that are native to your area can be a beneficial insects habitat or a source of nectar those plants are easy to grow too because there already adapted to your area and they will attract native beneficial insects as well. Wildflower mixes are great options for hedge rows the best hedgerow has plants that have a varied structure different flower types and different sizes. There's several different ways that you can incorporate a hedgerow into your garden.
They can be interplanted as companion plants planted in strips painted on the borders of your garden or orchard. I'm going to plant a hedgerow on my orchard border and hedgerows generally work better when their planted in strips rather than interplanted in clumps. I'll be planting the good bug blend which was mixed specifically to attract beneficial insects and give them a good habitat. It blooms six to ten months out of the year and I'm going to mix it with a native wildflowers. To plant this mix i need to prepare the seed bed some of the seeds are very small so i'll make sure that my area is finely grated. To get proper coverage you're gonna divide your seed into two equal parts no matter how much you're going to sow.
Mix your seed with a one-to-one ratio of perlite or some other inert material like builders sand. Cover the entire area with seed using a hand seeder or broadcasting by hand. Now mix the other half the same way and make one more pass this will ensure you don't have any bare spots. After seeding just tamp down the soil with a board or a lawn roller or just add some compost. So just water your seed welcome the beneficial insects when they arrive and grow organic for life!