Looking to cut down on the amount of bugs in your garden, the natural way? Consider ringing it with a few of the insect-repelling plants below, and watch the bugs fly away.
First up is lemongrass, as its an obvious choice for this list. Lemongrass naturally secretes citronella oil, the primary ingredient found in many anti-insect candles and scents. Lemongrass is fully effective in repelling malaria-carrying mosquitos,
Not simply a delicious herb to top your steaks or salads, basil can also help drive bugs away. It is particularly effective against flea beetles, which can wreak havoc on all sorts of veggies, including cabbage, tomatoes, eggplants and the like. While not an insect, basil can also keep away cabbage webworms, who primarily prey on their namesake.
Allium plants make for excellent insecticides. Aphids and carrot flies hate them, as do the aforementioned webworms, and even slugs. While most people’s idea of an allium is the massive allium giganteum, the family also includes chives, leeks and shallots. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and potatoes all benefit especially from having allium nearby.
Have a Japanese beetle problem? Plant chrysanthemums. They contain pyrethrum, forms of which can often be found in common insecticides, and is extremely effective against flying and jumping bugs. In addition to Japanese beetles, chrysanthemums are effective against ants, ticks, silverfish, lice and fleas.
This is one of the best-known mosquito repelling plants by far. What many may not know, however, is that in addition to repelling those annoying creatures, it also attracts insects that kill aphids. Ladybugs especially love them!
While often planted for their beauty, petunias can also pull their weight in keeping bugs of your brassicas. The flowers repel leafhoppers, squash bugs, tomato hornworms, and aphids. In addition to brassicas, they do extremely well near beans, tomatoes, corn and peppers.
A humble homesteader based in an undisclosed location, Lars Drecker splits his time between tending his little slice of self-sustaining heaven, and bothering his neighbors to do his work for him. This is mainly the fault of a debilitating predilection for fishing, hunting, camping and all other things outdoors. When not engaged in any of the above activities, you can normally find him broken down on the side of the road, in some piece of junk he just “fixed-up.”