Disclaimer! I don't know if any of these work!! So if you're pinteresting - I am TRYING these things - I promise I will do an update at the end of the summer <3
I used to work at a greenhouse - so an excuse to add flowers to my veggie garden makes me smile! I loved my greenhouse time... it was always warm, smelled good, and I got to get the coolest farmer tan every summer :)
I have done a bit of research (in between two potty emergencies - not mine - breakfast, drinking cold coffee, teaching basic addition to my 4 year old, and putting E down for a nap...) and here is what I have decided to try this year:
Marigolds: This comes from my mama. Marigolds are supposed to prevent deer, little animals, and apparently some bugs from your garden. Too bad they are so ugly.
Dahlias: Seem to prevent some bugs and attract others... I'm going to roll the dice because I hate marigolds so much. Dahlias also are really pretty to cut and bring inside... so that may be why I am attached to planting them :)
Nasturtium: Deter white flies and aphids (one of the grossest bugs I have seen - gives me the heebie jeebies just typing it)
Petunias: Thank goodness these reportedly do something because I love petunias! They are supposed to deter a few kinds of beetles and horn worms (that attack tomatoes).
Lavender: We already have some lavender and I love it - so I am happy to plant some more! It is supposed to repel fleas, moths, and white flies. Ick.
Sunflowers: D started some sunflowers at farm school - they are pretty tall already - they can't wait to get outside! They attract the good bugs to your garden.
Oregano and Mint: Because they are so stinky <read fragrant> they apparently help repel some animals. BE CAREFUL - both of these can take over pretty quickly - I still have mint in my freezer from last year when it took over half of my raised bed.
OK. Off to the garden center! I wish I lived closer to the one I used to work at! I promise to 1. take my own pictures of my garden and my attempted pest control and 2. let you know how it works out!
What do you do for natural pest control? Sprays? Corn cobs soaked in vinegar (I tried this last year... it smelllllled)?
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