Spring came early here in Warrenton, Virginia. Now I wake up dreading the hot, humid days, knowing that very soon all of the bugs will be out and eating not only me, but my plants. I dislike pests. I dislike bug bites. I have started researching “green” methods for eliminating these pests and was introduced to companion planting by my darling hubby (what a great man!).
Here is a cool little blog post that was sent to me from the Lifehacker blog.
Companion planting is a natural way to enhance your garden, control pests, and attract beneficial insects (like butterflies). By arranging “friendly” or synergistic plants near each other, you can keep bugs at bay and possibly avoid having to use pesticides.
There a great many plant combinations you can try for companion planting. Basil and tomatoes are great not just in an Italian dish, but planted together in the garden. Basil is said to improve both the growth and flavor of tomatoes and repel flies and mosquitoes. (Some plants are also best not grown together, like basil and rue or sage, however.)
Other plants that repel mosquitoes, mentioned here previously, include Citronella grass, Rosemary, catnip, and marigolds.
Marigold is actually a great overall pest deterrent, according to Golden Harvest Organics. Look for the scented variety and plant freely throughout your garden. Mexican marigolds are even said to repel wild bunnies! However, marigolds may attract slugs—so you perhaps you should also plant chervil near the marigolds.