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Start a compost heap, of only vegetable matter, and keep it wet or/and in the shade. It will be a womb for bugs in no time. It also helps to grow some plants that flower, to attract insects. Plants also provide habitat, food, mating opportunities and the inevitable predators of the inhabitants - find a good seller/grower who can also advise on what attracts native creatures. Do not use insecticide, even if the plant is dying from overeating, just move some bugs elsewhere in the garden, a fish net will do the job. Their world is small and they probably won't make it back.
For wild flowers I would suggest you leave an area of the garden to go wild, just don't mow it and throw any seeds you think you might like to see there, breaking the soil helps them to germinale, and daily watering. I have Sunflowers all over and the native bees love them, so do the Lorikeets and the Galahs so when it is finished flowering I put a paper bag on the seed head so I get more seed, the birds can get enough elsewhere.
The areas of the garden I leave to themselves also encourage all sorts of bugs, and I often find unusual tiny flowers popping up here and there. Just a thought, or two.
Anyone else do anything to encourage the smaller wildlife in the garden?
From the garden, that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. :
And something different; it's a Ladybug that just climbed out of its pupal sack - think I said that right :
From the field. :
Garden again, on a daisy - of which there are many varieties and smaller bugs love 'em. Daisy's are easy to grow. :
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