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plants to keep bugs away

Posted by dowlinggram 3 (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 18, 12 at 4:41

I was just reading my new old farmers almanac and came adross this article. They certain plants and herbs keep away certain bugs so I'm passing it along. I edited out plants that I would never have in my garden because they are either too invasive and could become pests. So here's the list

basil------flies, hornworms
borage-----tomato hornworms
catnip-----aphids, flea beetles
flax-------potato bugs
garlic-----japanese beetles
leek-------carrot flies
marigold---mexican bean beetle,nematoids
nasturtium-squash bugs, striped pumpkin beetles
rosemary---cabbage moths, carrot flies,mexican bean beetles
sage-------cabbage moth, carrot flies
tansy------ants, japanese beetles, stripped cucumber beetles
thyme------cabbage worms

I don't know how effective these are but it would be worth a try.

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RE: plants to keep bugs away

The one plant that I would definitely add to this list is nicotiana affinis, otherwise called night-scented tobacco. It's fragrance is absolutely delicious in the evenings and it traps aphids in its sticky hairy leaves and stem. Read more about it (with photos) at: pages/techniques/garden_plants/veg_photos.html . But beware, only get the white flowered one, as the colored ones are much less effective or fragrant.

Here is a link that might be useful:

RE: plants to keep bugs away

  • Posted by RpR_ 3-4 (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 18, 12 at 14:04

Catnip is a form of mint, will any mint work?

I have one mint growing here that probably came from house plants thrown out.
I also planted genuine Catnip this summer.

They do not smell the same but my cat much prefers the volunteer one to Catnip.

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