Home Tip Tuesday - Garden Plants That Repel Pests
|Allium deters slugs and pests from edibles.|
Pests that nibble on plant foliage and flowers can stunt plant growth and mar the appearance of your garden. Luckily, there are several attractive plants that have their own pest-repellent properties, taking care of the bugs in your garden so that you don't have to. Cut down on time-intensive pest prevention and maintenance and increase the beauty of your garden by adding these plants.
Garden Plants That Repel Pests
Allium: With its tall purple flowers, allium makes quite a statement. It also works hard to keep aphids off your roses, repel slugs from your garden, and deter pests from edibles. Choose from ornamental varieties of allium or edible varieties, like chive.
Basil: Not only is basil a delicious herb, it contains natural oils that send thrips, flies and mosquitoes scattering. It's also a complementary plant to tomatoes, increasing your tomato size and yield when planted nearby. This is a must-have for your kitchen garden.
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Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrum, a natural insecticide. As a result, they send most bugs scattering. Plant a variety of chrysanthemum in your garden for their beauty as much as their beneficial properties.
Lavender: Not only is this herb a soothing, relaxing aromatic, it repels bad bugs and attracts good ones, like ladybugs. If your garden has flea or moth problems, plant lavender to shoo them away.
Lemongrass: While mosquitoes won't do much damage to your plants, they can make your enjoyment of your garden very challenging. If you're a mosquito magnet, find some relief by adding lemongrass to your garden.
|Marigolds repel insects and rabbits.|
Marigolds: Several species of marigold repel insects and even bunny rabbits. Plant these near your tomatoes to protect your crop from bugs and critters.
Petunias: Petunias add color and pep to a shade garden, but work behind the scenes to do so much more. They combat a range of bugs, including leafhoppers, aphids, and tomato worms.
Sunflowers: If your garden has an aphid or an ant problem, plant sunflowers. Ants will naturally migrate to the sunflowers, which are not harmed by their presence. Aphids will also turn from edibles to sunflowers, so damage to other edibles and flowering plants can be mitigated.
Plant a variety of pest-repellent herbs and flowers. Since each blooms at a different time, this can help you extend the benefits in your garden.
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