Planting a few Flowers, Flowering herbs in your vegetable garden is not a bad thing.
Careful selection of flowering plants will add color and interest to your vegetable garden as well as act as a natural barrier to many insect pest.
* Basil Repels house flies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax.
* Lavender bouquets repel fleas, flies and other biting insects. Repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Lavender has been used for centuries to add a pleasantly sweet fragrance to homes.
* Lemongrass repels insects like mosquitoes. You’ve no doubt seen citronella candles in stores during the summer and read how citronella will keep mosquitoes. Citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass, it can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide in one season.
* Lemon thyme Repels mosquitoes. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil. The plant itself will not repel pesky mosquitoes. To release its chemicals, you must first bruise the leaves. To do this, simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands.
* Mint Repels mosquitoes. The leaves are commonly used to flavor iced tea. Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden or on the patio will help keep nearby plants insect free.
* Rosemary Repels mosquitoes and a variety of insects harmful to vegetable plants. Rosemary is available in various forms. Plants can be grown in containers or grown in herb gardens or planted in landscaped beds, some varieties can grow quite large.
In your garden
* Bay leaves Repel flies.
* Chives Repel carrot flies, Japanese beetle and aphids.
* Dill Repels aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms.
* Fennel Repels aphids, slugs and snails.
* Lemon balm Repels mosquitoes.
* Oregano Repels many pests.
* Parsley Repels asparagus beetles.
* Thyme Repels whiteflies, cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, whiteflies, tomato hornworms and small whites.
* Alliums are broad spectrum insecticide plants. They repel numerous insects that plague vegetable gardens, including slugs, aphids, carrot flies and cabbage worms. Alliums include small growing herbs such as chives and garlic chives, leeks and shallots.
* Chrysanthemums are famous for repelling beetles, ants, and roaches, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root knot nematodes.
* Marigolds Repel many garden pests. The scent from various types of marigolds repels aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. The roots of marigolds are known to repel nematodes. Grow marigolds mixed in along the border of your flower beds or interspersed throughout your vegetable garden.
* Nasturitiums Repel whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, many beetles and cabbage loopers. Nasturtiums could be considered the poster child for companion planting. Nasturtiums release an airborne chemical that repels predacious insects, protecting not just the nasturtium but other plants in the grouping. Many of the insects nasturtiums repel favor vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, collards, broccoli, cabbage and radishes. Hint: Nasturtiums do not repel a important pollinator, the bumblebee.
* Petunias Repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. They are popular mostly because they are available in a variety of bright colors, require minimal maintenance and are almost foolproof to grow. Plant them near vegetables and herbs such as beans, tomatoes, peppers and basil.
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