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Bridgehampton School bug garden teaches about good insects

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Our school has a one-of-a-kind bug garden. It is designed like a maze, and our school made it that way so when kids go around to look at it, they see all the different kinds of bugs. It was made in 2017, and many of the students volunteered to help make it.

The school got the idea for this after a lecture at Marders Nursery in Bridgehampton on beneficial bugs by Jessica Walliser, who wrote a book, “Good Bug Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically.” That inspired a teacher in our school, Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, to create the idea of the bug garden.

We think we make have the only bug garden on Long Island, and we like it because it is educational and teaches us about the environment. Because of the things we plant in the garden, we have observed all sorts of bugs. Our high school classmates are the gardeners.

If you want to start one, do what we did. We stopped by Marders in our town and asked for advice. They told us all we needed was soil, seeds and water. Without water, soil and seeds, there will be no garden. You may ask why you need a bug garden, and here it is: Bugs already live in the garden, and good bugs help take the bad bugs away.

Marie Hand and Thomas House’s sixth- and seventh-grade students, Bridgehampton School

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