Pest control are an ongoing issue that every gardener faces. There are many pest control products available on the market. For those of us who prefer non-chemical or organic remedies, natural pest control remedies can be used as an alternative. Companion planting may be the perfect solution as well.
What is Companion Planting?
Companion planting is a technique of growing plants in close proximity to vegetables or crop plants to help repel pests.
This planting technique usually results in increased pollination as a result of beneficial insects being attracted to the garden. Besides this, there is usually a reduction in damage from pests resulting in an increase in crop yield.
Here are some suggestions of companion plants that can be used for natural pest control remedies. Moreover, it doesn’t hurt that they also look good or are edible!
Flowering Plants that Deter Pests
If you love having a colourful garden, then growing flowering plants alongside your vegetable garden could be just the thing for you.
Here are 4 suggestions of flowering companion plants.
Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemum discourage nematodes, spider mites and Japanese beetles. Chrysanthemums have a naturally-occurring chemical known as pyrethrum, which is an insect repellent.
Lavender: Lavender repels caterpillars & moths.
Nasturtiums: Nasturtiums release a peppery scent that keeps away many insects.
Petunias: Petunias deter asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, tomato hornworms & squash bugs.
Herbs that Deter Pests
If you prefer a sustainable lifestyle and growing everything that you cook, then herbs are the best companion plants for you. Everything that you grow can be eaten. The old fashioned concept of ‘from the paddock to the table‘!
Here are 4 suggestions of herbs which can be grown as companion plants.
Basil: Basil repels gnats, thrips, flies and aphids.
Dill: Dill is great for repelling aphids & spider mites, and may keep cabbage loopers, squash bugs and tomato hornworms at bay.
Fennel: Fennel repels aphids, snails and slugs.
Thyme: Thyme is perfect for keeping away whiteflies, stink bugs, corn earworms and cabbage loopers.
Vegetables that Deter Pests
If you don’t like wasting valuable garden space on growing flowering plants, you could consider planting companion vegetables and crop rotation.
Here are 4 suggestions of vegetables that can help to repel pests.
Leeks: Leeks repel carrot flies.
Mustard greens: Mustard greens may prevent an aphid attack.
Radishes: Radishes may repel cucumber beetles.
Tomato plants: Tomato plants are great companions that won’t look out of place in your vegetable garden and they help to keep asparagus beetles at bay.
If you live in an area where there are deer, you may consider planting deer resistant shrubs to help protect your crops.
Or if you have a small courtyard, patio or balcony, then indoor gardening with a garden tower may suit and it will help you to keep an eye on pests and pick them off as they appear.
Let us know how you go with keeping pests away with our suggestions! Happy gardening!