Tuesday, 20 March 2012

6 Easy to Grow Herbs That Keep Away Garden Pests


Sustaining Your Garden
From the ground up

We will start with herbs, as they are extremely useful and easy to grow . The benefits of growing your own are being able to use fresh herbs in your cooking, in the garden, for skin lotions and balms, for cleaning and can even be given as gifts. Each herb has its own health benefits which are to lengthy to describe here today.

Get the following herbs in punnets or start from seed, instructions on seeding is available on the back of the seed packets.  These can be grown in prepared and turned soil in the ground or grown in pots with a good pack of compost soil.

In the following post you will learn 

  • How to grow six different herbs
  • Their Companion Plants
  • How to Use Them for Pest Reduction

Companion plants
When certain plants are planted near each other it helps keep naughty garden bugs away.  They can give nutrients to each other, and companion plants work as a natural shade and frost protector (they protect each other). 

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Garlic- purchase punnets or you can get a garlic bulb, break it up, wait until green in the centre when cut (one to two weeks) then plant into dirt with the tip of the bulb sticking out.  They should sprout within a week. Must plant during mid autumn for Victoria.  
Garlic can be added to just about any meal and the health and medicinal benefits are tremendous.

Best planted on its own as many plants dislike growing near garlic.
Garlic as a natural pest deterrent- pleases see chart below
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Parsley- is hard to start from seed and takes a long time so better to buy in punnets.  Likes shade and do take regular harvests during growing season (spring to winter) to produce healthy growth. This plant can die off in the winter from frost and may or may not re-sprout at spring.  Harvest before winter or move plant indoors to protect from frost.  Can be divided during autumn. Parsley can be added to just about any meal plus the health and medicinal benefits are also tremendous.

Good Companion plants- Basil, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
Bad companion plants- lettuce, mint
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Basil- Good to start from seed during the appropriate time of year, or buy in punnets. Care is the same as parsley and again can be added to just about any meal plus the health and medicinal benefits are great.

Good Companion plants- radish, tomatoes, parsley, eggplant, capsicum
Bad companion plants- sage, rosemary



Rosemary- Very hardy herb lasts all year and flowers in spring-summer. Great as a companion plant and easy to start from seed or cutting during growing time. Protect from frost during winter. Can be added to some food dishes plus the health and medicinal benefits are fantastic.

Good Companion plants-beans, carrots, cabbage, sage, broccoli,
Bad companion plants-basil, potatoes
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Chives- Have not planted this one yet but easy to grow. Care is the same as above except this herb likes the sun.  Can be added to some dishes plus the health and medicinal benefits are great.

Good Companion plants- carrots, tomatoes, parsley
Bad companion plants- peas and beans
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Oregano- Very hardy herb lasts all year.  Great as a companion plant and easy to start from seed or cutting during growing time. Protect from frost during winter. Can be added to some food dishes plus the health and medicinal benefits are large.

Good companion plants- tomatoes, peppers, basil
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Don’t forget to water your herbs!

Herbs for Pest Reduction
Below is a chart showing what herb deters what garden bug.  Just tear the leaves and spread around garden patch, grow in-between vegetables or make a cup of tea with the herbs and add to regular watering can fill with tap water and pour over plants.  Best done weekly.  An alternative is to put the mix in a spray bottle and spray the affected plant, this can be done daily if need.  

Warning
Do not pour the same tea water over the same plant e.g. rosemary on rosemary, garlic on garlic as it will kill the patient plant.  If using tea as deterrent it is best to grow the herb around the edge of vegetable patch.


Garlic
Parsley
Basil
Chives
Rosemary
Oregano
Snails
Slugs
Aphids
Bean beetle
Greenfly
Weevils
Aphids

Aphids
Plant lice

Slugs
Carrot fly

White butterfly
Carrot fly
Mosquitoes
Moths

White butterfly



If you would like to get started and find out more click on the following link http://www.gardenate.com/ It is a great guide to when and how to plant herbs in your local climate.
 

Or you can try http://www.veryediblegardens.com/vegucation for hands on workshops in Melbourne.

Activity
Choose at least one herb that you use most and start to grow it yourself.  You can grow them in pots or in the ground.  If you know somebody who grows some herbs ask them if you can take a clipping to put in your garden (make sure you get some of the root system) and away you go. 

Learn all you can about the herb and it’s growing habit then move onto growing your next herb!

Let us know how you go in the comment box below.

Thank You For Reading


1 comment:

  1. I have always loved herbs! This article has been great reading for me. I had little knowledge of good and bad companion plants - very helpful. Thank you.

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