A natural and organic way to help keep bugs and pests away is to grow a plant that bugs dislike.
For each kind of bug there are certain plants you can grow next to your plants to help keep those bugs away. Using a natural pest control is better for the environment and your flowers and vegetables.
Below is a list that may help you control some of those nasty bugs.
- Ants – Plant Spearmint or Peppermint to keep ants away. If you plant it near your house it will help to keep the pests away.
- Aphids are those tiny whitish bugs that love rose bushes and many other flowers. Plant Basil, Catnip, Chives, or Nasturtium nearby to repel aphids.
- Flea Beetles and Potato Beetles – Plant Catnip nearby to keep them away. When all else fails you can pick them off.
- Japanese Beetles – Plant Geraniums or Garlic to keep them away. Also use the okra plants but plant the okra in pots and mover them around your yard. Japanese beetles are attracted to the bright flower and chew on the leaves, which are toxic to them and they will die. I place them near the plant bothered but not close enough to attract the bugs to the plant.
- Mosquitoes – Plant Rosemary or Basil to keep the bugs at bay.
- Tomato Hornworm – Plant Borage near your tomato plants to keep them away.
Feverfew, Geraniums and Marigolds repel many different kinds of insects. They are a useful addition to flower and vegetable gardens and add color to a vegetable garden, which is always a plus.
Chives, onions, and borage repel many pests so I scatter these plants throughout the yard.
Growing plants to discourage certain pests can be effective but don’t always solve the problem. Healthy plants and proper care go along way to promoting a great garden and landscape.
When all else fails for me I either hand pick bugs or use a liquid garlic spray that I make myself. I do not use any boughten sprays.
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