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Keeping Pests out of Your Garden

Have you ever taken the time to plant flowers and vegetables only to have them ravaged by spiders, bugs, rabbits, or other unwanted visitors? Here are some ways to keep pests out of your garden:

Animals: Keep four legged visitors away by scattering mothballs or used coffee grounds around your beds. You can plant some Fritillaria, ornamental garlic or even onion bulbs – the odor will repel most animals, especially rodents. Red, black and Cayenne pepper can be used to repel various animals, including raccoons, rabbits and dogs. Keep rabbits away by dusting plants with talcum powder.

Insects: In a spray bottle, mix 4 tablespoons dish soap with 1 gallon of water and spray on plants. You can also try sprinkling some pre-sifted flour mixed with some black pepper on and around your plants to discourage insects.

Ants: To get rid of anthills, pour boiling water, soapy water, salted water, or 350 mL of water mixed with 30 mL of boric acid onto them.

Slugs and snails: Sprinkling salt will do these critters in. The best time to find them is at night. Discourage slugs from attacking your plants by taking a sandpaper disk, cutting one side to make a collar and slipping around base of plant – this prevents the slugs from crossing over to the plant. To repel slugs and snails, plant some delphinium, foxglove, primrose or garlic.

Mosquitoes: Discourage mosquitoes by making sure you don’t have any standing water in your yard – turn over all buckets, urns, empty pots, etc. If you do have standing water, pour in a little dish soap to kill mosquito eggs and larva.

Here is a list of plants that deter specific insects from www.gardeningtips.org:

Marigold

Aphids, Mexican bean beetle, nematodes and other insects.

Henbit

Deters most insects.

Horseraddish

Plant near potatoes to deter potatoe bug.

Geranium

Deters most insects

Garlic

Works against blight. Deters Japanese Beetle and other insects.

Thyme

Deters cabbage worm

Sage

Deters cabbage moth and carrot fly

Rue

Deters Japanese Beetle and discourages houseflies

Rosemary

Deters Bean Beetle Carrot fly and Cabbage moth.

Aster

Deters most insects.

Basil

Repels flies and mosquitoes

Borage

Deters Tomato worm.

Tansy

Deters Japanese Beetle, striped cucumber beetle, squash bugs and ants

Raddish

Deters Cucumber Beetle.

Calendula

Deters Most insects

Chrysanthemum

Deters Most insects

Nasturtium

Aphids, squash bugs and striped pumpkin beetles

Onion Family

Deters Most insects.

Mint

Deters cabbage moth and ants.

Celery

Cabbage moth

Tomato

Deters Asparagus beetle

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