Here are 16 plants to use strategically for a healthier garden this summer.
Basil: repels aphids, flies, mosquitoes, and mites; also has fungicidal properties. Plant basil next to tomato plants to repel hornworms.
Borage: repels tomato hornworms and flea beetles.
Catnip: repels ants, fleas and mosquitoes.
Chamomile: repels cabbage moths.
Chives: Plants chives around roses and lettuce to repel aphids.
Lavender: repels slugs and flies.
Marigolds: repel aphids, bean beetles and mosquitoes. Plant marigolds between rows in the garden or in containers for deck or patio.
Mint: repels aphids, cabbage moths and cabbage worms.
Nasturtium: repels aphids, spider mites and white flies.
Onions: repel ants, aphids, moles and borers.
Oregano: repels cucumber and squash beetles.
Petunia: repels aphids, leaf hoppers and Mexican bean beetles. Plant throughout the garden, especially next to green beans.
Radishes: Plant radishes around squash and cucumbers to repel beetles.
Rosemary: repels mosquitoes, flies and leaf hoppers.
Tomatoes: Plant tomatoes around roses and shrubs to repel aphids.
Thyme: repels cabbage worms and slugs.
Blessed Be, sweet ones.
~ Meadow Walker
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