Don't get me wrong, having a variety of beneficial pollinators in our gardens is a good thing. Likewise, there are many intruders we do not want to see in our garden. I'm talking about those pesky pests that tear up your healthy plants.
Some examples of pests that are not wanted in your garden are aphids, bagworms, cabbage worms, cicadas, and flea beetles. These are just a few of the many pests you might find in your garden. To combat this, we are going to list a few plants you can place around your garden to keep some of these pests away!!
Plant More of These!
Planting these different varieties can have a multitude of benefits for your garden such as attracting different pollinators to help with the chemical masking. Chemical masking is a term used to describe planting fragrant plants around your vulnerable plants so the pests will not be able to locate the plant they want to feed on because the more fragrant plant nearby is taking over their senses.
1. Alliums (chives and onions)
Chives and Onions are not only a great addition to any dinner but they actually ward off spider mites, carrot flies, and aphids.
Basil is a very fragrant herb. While the scent may be pleasing to gardeners, it happens to be too intense for mosquitoes and flies.
Not only does cilantro make an excellent addition to salsa, but it is also an amazing repellent for aphids, spider mites, and colorado potato beetles.
Marigolds are a visually appealing addition to any garden that also have a fragrance that pests steer away from.
Fragrances emitted from different herbs like these overpower the smells of your other plants and keep the pests away. There are many other plants you can add to your garden to get similar results but these are a few of our favorites!