Planting a garden is rewarding work, as long as you can keep the pests from getting to the plants before you do!
There’s nothing more frustrating to gardeners than animals or insects that destroy the plants they’ve labored to grow. I’m sure we’ve all been there: soil testing, careful planting, weeding and watering, but instead of enjoying fruit from our labors, garden pests can destroy the plants one by one. Toxic insect sprays are not the only answer to maintaining a bug-free garden. I prefer to take a more natural approach to the problem by mixing herbs that will repel the insects in with the vegetables.
Planting herbs and vegetables that compliment each other together is what we call companion planting.When paired correctly, herbs can repel insects that would otherwise destroy the nearby plant. Click To Tweet Here’s a list of 10 herbs that repel garden pests.
- Basil repels mosquitoes, carrot fly, white fly, asparagus beetles
- Catnip repels ants, weevils, squash bugs, aphids, beetles, cockroaches
- Chamomile repels flying insects
- Chives repels aphids, beetles, carrot fly
- Dill repels squash bugs, spider mites, aphids, tomato hornworm, cabbage looper, the Small White
- Garlic repels aphids, beetles, carrot fly, rabbits
- Nasturtiums repels white fly, squash bugs, aphids, beetles, cabbage looper
- Oregano repels several pests
- Parsley repels asparagus beetle
- Thyme repels corn earworm, white fly, tomato hornworm, cabbage looper, and maggot
If you have your garden well under way this summer but find that pests are a problem for you, it’s not too late to do something about it! Many of these plants can be found at a local store or farmer’s market and planted next to the vegetables.
Be sure grab our free kid’s garden planner it contains:
- The Soil Worksheet– Soil preparation is a key ingredient for any garden, however small. You may want to have your children take notes as you research with them what to add or test in your soil.
I recommend starting with a small garden box or raised bed and adding a soil mix of 2 parts compost & manure and 1 part peat moss. You may also want to add small amounts of vermiculite, blood meal, and bone meal which can be found at local garden stores. How much you add would depend on the size box you are filling with your soil mixture. This way, you can control weeds and the content of your soil so much better. Proper soil makes for a successful garden experience.
2. The Spring Garden Plan– Use this page to draw a small design or plan for your spring garden. Below are fact boxes for spring crops and flowers commonly used. Have your children write the facts on these plants- such as what kind of conditions, spacing, and care they will need to grow their plant choices. You should actually go through the facts before your children plan their garden boxes so that they will know how much space they will need before they design the garden space.
And our Garden Notebooking Pages. They are marked down from $4.99 to $1.99 right now! Use the spaces provided for recording taxonomy as well as your observations as you grow your homeschool garden. The black and white and light color format makes printing affordable and allows for personalization as your child fills in each page. Choose from over 20 plants by common name. This packet also includes a blank page which can be printed multiple times. This PDF includes 19 total notebooking pages and is a PDF digital download product.
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What kind of herbs do you use for companion planting? Have you found other herbs that repel garden pests? Please share with us in the comments below!