Planting flowers is no..

Planting flowers is no vanity. Not only does having a variety of blooms dotting the edges and uncultivated parts of a farm provide forage for bees and other pollinators, but it can reduce the amount of pesticides used on crops.

That’s the major finding of a study published last week in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems, and the Environment. Researchers from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Berkeley looked at how planting hedgerows of native California plants alongside farmland in Yolo County increased the population of predatory insects that eat crop pests such as aphids.