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In 2017, the average amount of money spent on home and garden supplies was $503 per household. We love growing plants and cultivating backyard gardening ecosystems that are a point of pride. Human beings, however, are eternally guilty of being unfailingly shortsighted. Despite what we may think, our gardens don't flourish merely by way of our presumably green thumbs. There are innumerable unseen entities at work that make your garden the thriving crop that it is.

One of the smallest unsung heroes of gardening are insects. Bugs. The creepy crawlers and buzzing things that we're so quick to swat away, poison, or otherwise work toward exterminating. Apparently, our propensity to permanently shoo insects (among other factors) is causing their populations to plummet.

 

In a New York Times article titled The Insect Apocalypse Is Here, they detail the scale of the issue of declining insect populations around the world. Bugs are responsible for making plants possible, and plants make animals (including us) possible. The swiftly decreasing population of insects around the world hasn't really been a point we've considered. Insects are a biological out of sight, out of mind. Or, as taxonomic entomologist E.O. Wilson describes them: "about as far as you can get from charismatic megafauna."

 

However, our lack of attention to the little creepers stands to have lasting implications unless we get our acts together.

 

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos," remarked Wilson.

 

Of course, this insect population decline isn't the fault of hobby and leisure gardeners. Nor will we fully fix the problem. However, gardeners can help boost insect populations in their own gardening ecosystems. Not every insect is an invasive species. On the contrary, most insects are there to help and will aid your garden's growth. Cultivate your garden and the bugs that both call it home and pass through it. They're doing the work that makes plants possible.

 

We aren't saying to let your garden become completely wild, but not overly interfering with natural processes. Insects included. Insects especially. Think a bit before you kill insects flitting around your garden. If you're not sure, leave them alone and get the opinion of more experienced gardeners or a professional.

Don't be a part of the insect apocalypse. Make your garden a haven from flora and fauna alike and let the creepy crawlers and buzzing buzzers bee.