“Insect hedgerows” are linear flowering plantings I am planning on six farms this fall and spring. As part of my grant, I need to determine whether or not the plantings can attract the aphid killers (ladybugs, lacewings, wasps, syrphid flies..) and make an impact on aphid management for farmers. I will be tracking cabbage aphid outbreaks next year to get a sense of their population growth rates and what predator insects are present to “manage” them at each site. This baseline data will determine where to go next.
Check out my first installation, at Green Team Farm in downtown Salt Lake City.