I’ve been frustrated with my garden and the pests that are in danger of overtaking it so at night (usually while “tied” to my little Peanut) I’ve been researching and planning how to make next year’s garden better and easier to manage. I will update this list as I learn more about organic gardening!
This information is by no means exhaustive, nor is it foolproof. These are just options for organic gardening to make your garden a haven for predators and to deter pests. I’m hoping that by using some of these ideas next year I’ll be able to keep the pests in check within the time limits I’ll still have.
Cool Tips I’ve Learned:
Many pests dislike the smell of coffee grounds, spread them around your plants (they also make great compost) to deter pest bugs.
Buy beneficial bugs like ladybugs at a gardening store. Make sure you’ve created a good-bug haven first so they’ll stick around!
Build a toad “house” to encourage a toad to live in your garden.
Plants and the Pests They Repel:
Thyme–cabbage moths (which have been eating my brussels sprouts)
Sage–cabbage moths, carrot flies
Nasturtium–squash buggs, white flies
*Mint–cabbage moths, chipmunks
*Horseradish–bean beetles (man I wish I’d known about this earlier, my husband would have been so excited–he loves horse radish!)
Onions/Garlic–many bugs don’t like the smell
Marigolds–aphids, colorado potato beetle, white flies
Rosemary–carrot flies, cabbage moths
*these plants need to be kept in pots because they spread everywhere and will overtake your garden beds if planted in the ground!
Plants and the Beneficial Bugs They Attract:
Goldenrod–ladybugs, assassin beetles