Keep Bugs, Diseases And Pests Away
A natural easy solution for keeping bugs, diseases and pests away from your home garden is companion planting; it is basically the arrangement of different plants, herbs and flowers in close proximity for the benefit of one, both or all involved.
With thoughtful planning in your home garden, it is a great way of naturally discouraging harmful diseases and pests without losing valuable allies. And a fantastic way of encouraging a healthy and useful all-around biodiversity, above and below the soil.
When used for pest prevention, plants can work in many ways, two of the main ways are to either repel or confuse insects with natural odours such as sage, oregano, lavender and basil and those that attract beneficial insects such as elder, dill and fennel.
Think of the Rainforest there are a lot of what we may call pests but everything is protecting each other. You can do the same thing with your garden, you can protect your plants by not putting them in rows of the same variety, alternate and you’ll find the resulting garden a lot healthier.
Organizing and pre-planning your garden is vital, as is working with your natural environment providing proper shade and shelter from the elements. It’s important to take in all the factors of the plant’s interactions with its surrounding environment, remembering to plant shallow rooted plants near deep-rooted plants so they are not fighting for food and growing tall plants with smaller plants creating shelter and a microclimate allowing them to thrive where they wouldn’t normally.
Climbing plants can grow above taller plants maximizing production in a smaller space. Plants in the legume family such as beans and peas promote growth in nearby plants with their nitrogen-fixing ability; nodules on the roots enable plants to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form used by surrounding plants.
Tansy is terrific at repelling ants and flies so you might want to plant it outside your back door or near windows.
Sage not only a useful herb when planted in the garden it also deters cabbage flies, carrot fly, black flea beetle & cabbage maggot.
Basil, when planted in close proximity with tomatoes, has a long rumoured history of increasing flavour in both crops as well as being great to discourage pests including asparagus beetle, mosquitoes, thrips’ and flies.
White Sage is also used for the cleansing and purifying of a person’s Aura to release and dispel negative energies. This also applies to one’s home. Start at the front door making your way along to each corner of every room. Wave the smudge stick over doorways, windows and in cupboards. Let the smoke linger for a little while at each point.
There are quite literally thousands of pages of information and examples online mostly from keen gardeners with an interest in companion planting. Though it is important to go out and talk to your local gardening community, in this high-tech age sometimes we forget the quality of informative face to face conversations. For example, when talking to Frank from potty about herbs I learnt that he stumbled across companion gardening purely by accident. One day Frank packed his herbs away in a hurry leaving it as a mixed array. The next week when he went to re-pack them for the markets to his amazement there were no pests. From that point, he never put big clumps of one variety together. Point to remember when companion planting always researches and plant friends with friends. © Ange Marxsen
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