Plant Flowers to Keep Your Garden Pests Away
If there was a way to reduce your amount of work in the garden, you would be overjoyed. If you want to protect your vegetables from garden pest insects, it is time to plant flowers that work for you. They do not require a paycheck, only plenty of water and sunlight. They might even save you some money on expensive pesticides. Since each garden has different soils, climate and is a unique micro-ecosystem you might want to experiment with your garden and see what plants work for you.
Sunflower: Sunflowers are big and for an aphid, irresistible. If you plant sunflowers on the borders of your garden, aphids will be drawn to them. Sunflowers are hardy and can withstand an onslaught of aphids.
Marigolds: Marigolds repel whiteflies and act as a magnet for nematodes. Once these tiny soil worms bit into a marigolds roots, the plant produces a chemical that kills them. If your root vegetables are being damaged by nematode invaders, feel free to plant marigolds.
Garlic: It might not be a flower, but you might now of garlic’s amazing repellant properties from watching vampire movies, it also repels aphids. If your roses are being assaulted by aphids, plant some garlic next to them. If your garden has become a playground for snails, garlic will ruin their fun. Garlic has also been known to repel codling moths and the carrot root fly.
Basket of Gold: This bright yellow bundle of flowers will add beauty to your garden and help bring in an army. Basket of Gold attracts a gardener’s favorite friend, the ladybug. Ladybugs and their spikey red and black larva are voracious eaters of mites, aphids and scales. If you grow basket of Gold at the base of your sunflowers, you have the perfect aphid destruction system.
Nasturtiums: If you are tired of squash bugs killing off your squash, cucumbers, and pumpkin plants your new best friend will be Nasturtium.
Dill: You might associate dill with pickles, yet this little plant does have a small yellow flower. Whether you think of dill as a pretty flower or a pickle plant, dill attracts some great predatory bugs. One of which is the Hoverfly. Hoverflies act as pollinators and they eat a lot of aphids.
Queen Ann’s Lace: Queen Ann’s Lace is also known as a wild carrot. This bushy group of white flowers will bring in another predatory friend that is a foe to all things aphid. The Green Lacewing is an amazing predator that eats aphids as an adult and as a larva. Some green lacewings have been known to eat around 100 aphids in a single week. Increase the number of green lacewings and you have an aphid eating army.
Flowers in your garden not only add a variety of color and beauty, they can kill and repel bad bugs or attract predatory insects like ladybugs, hoverflies and green lacewings. Let a few flowering plants work to make your garden a better place.