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Background to the experiment
We would like you to find out how well a number of common weeds found in gardens compare to popular cultivated plants in their ability to attract beneficial insects. We're asking members to observe when the weeds and the cultivated plants flower and which insects visit them, over the period of a year.
Despite an increase in the uptake of sustainable gardening practices there is still continued pressure to keep a ‘tidy’ weed free garden, often assisted by the use of synthetic herbicides. Whilst we don’t want our gardens to become overrun with weeds, there is still a happy balance where a more relaxed attitude towards weeds might provide valuable habitats for beneficial insects that boost biodiversity and provide many benefits to the gardener such as pollination and pest control.
There has been work that has demonstrated that some common field weeds are more effective than commonly cultivated plants at attracting a diverse range of beneficial insects. However most of this work was done in field scale situations with less work done in gardens.