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Gardening Plants

Garden Pest Control with Plants

I thought I’d share some techniques to prevent pests from eating your freshly planted gardens. There are super plants that can help to keep garden pests at bay and attract beneficial insects.  This cuts down on the use of fertilizers and other chemicals that we do not wish to use in our gardens.  After all, we do keep honeybees and have chickens roaming the place! The list is by no means comprehensive, but I wanted to share what I have picked up along the way in my gardening adventures.  I started with well known plants that are recognizable to most gardeners and are also readily available at most local nurseries.

Garlic bulbs ready for planting this past fall.

Those garlic bulbs this spring

 

Flower Power & Herbal Bug Busters
Basil
Wards off mosquitoes, flies, aphids, Tomato Hornworm and Asparagus Beetles.
Marigolds
Wards off beetles, spider mites, some say it will ward off small animals such as rabbits
Dill
Repels carrot flies, attracts spiders, ladybugs and praying mantis.
Garlic
Repels aphids, weevils, carrot flies, moles and fruit tree borers, rust flies and some worms, Protects tomatoes from red spiders. Protects roses-black spot, mildew and aphids.
Lavender
Keeps mice and moles at bay, wards off ticks, fleas and moths
Marigold
Repels harmful worms, keeps small animals away, beetles
Mint
Wards off aphids, White Moths and flea beetles. Attracts Bees. Wards off ants
Nasturtium
Wards off aphids, cucumber beetles, white flies and squash bugs.
Petunias
Wards off leaf hoppers, aphids, Tomato Worms, Asparagus Beetle, Bean Beetles and general pests.
Rhubarb
Wards off mites
Rosemary
Cabbage Flies, Carrot Moths, Bean Beetles
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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