Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, Balance at Foster

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Hanging out with the bugs always gets my student excited. Before I could even announce that today’s lesson was all about Creepy Critters, I could see the students wriggling with joy!

We began with a discussion about two categories of creatures we would find in the garden. For the sake of simplicity, we titled them Good and Bad Bugs. Good bugs are those that help the garden to grow or get rid of the bad bugs and bad bugs are those that destroy the garden or the good bugs.

I showed the kids some pictures of a ladybug life cycle and hundreds of aphids on the underside of the leaf. I explained that ladybugs throughout their whole life eat bugs, including aphids. And aphids throughout their whole life suck plant juice (think vegan vampires).

Because aphids harm plants they’re considered bad bugs and because ladybugs eat aphids they’re considered good bugs. This creates a balance in the garden that does not require humans to intervene.

My students took some time to go through the garden to find what they think is good in bed bugs and shared them with the class.

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.

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