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Insect-Deterrent Plants for the Vegetable Garden

Posted Apr 20 2009 11:10pm 3 Comments

Some plants will deter insects in the vegetable garden. This is one form of companion planting. Companion planting--growing plants singly or together--to repel insects, fight disease, or enhance the growth of another plant is a technique that many gardeners have used for generations. Some companion plants have been scientifically proven to deter insects; some companion planting combinations are anecdotal or attributed to "garden wisdom."

 

Repelling insects by creating effective crop combinations uses plants' natural fragrance, oils, compounds, and colors to chase pests away. For example, some aromatic compounds may mask the scent of companion plants: the aroma of garlic will chase away bean beetles and potato bugs. And the color of some plants will confuse some insect pests and send them on their way before they can do any harm.

 

One way to get started with companion planting is to draw on the science and wisdom of gardeners. Try some of these combinations and draw your own conclusions based on your observations and planting successes. Keep a record of what works and let others know.

 

For a list of companions by crop: look up the vegetable you are planting at the How To Grow Archive. Click here.

 

The companion plantings in this chart are aimed at deterring pests from the garden. Note that there are also companion plantings that will attract beneficial insects to your garden.

 

Go to the next page to see a complete chart of companion plants for deterring insects:

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The way to get started with accompaniment burying is to draw on the science and acumen of gardeners. Block Paving Try some of these combinations and draw your own abstracts based on your observations and burying successes. Keep a almanac of what works and let others know.

Thanks for this article on Insect Deterrent Plants. I have been growing tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, egg plant and a few other herbs and vegetables for quite sometime. I have thought about companion planting but never really got started, but your article and all of the information you have provided in the How To Grow Archive have made me decide to do it!

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Barry

Planting is to draw on the science and acumen of gardeners. Try some of these combinations and draw your own abstracts based on your observations and burying successes. Best Food Site Keep a almanac of what works and let others know.
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