Common and rare alike, pests are the bane of every gardener. If you know the pain of finding your prize marrows being slowly eaten alive, or the horrors of a sudden vine weevil attack on your tender leaf spinach then you have come to the right place.

If you want to get ahead of the game now the weather is warming up, there is a way to deter common garden pests from destroying your entire vegetable crop.

Use one of our brilliant tiered veg beds to their full advantage by planting companion crops that will, through the power of scent, send nasty critters buzzing off far, far away from your veggies.

 


Common herbs and veggies that are easy to grow and common as muck, can form the first line of defence when it comes to the war on pests. For example, did you know that onion plants, thanks to their pungent aroma, are brilliant at deterring aphids from your veg patch?

It’s almost like a buy-one-get-one-free offer. Not only do you get your own delicious onions when they reach maturity, but you also get an aphid-free veg patch. Win win!

Similarly, planting a few mint plants here and there around your garden not only deters aphids but also gets rid of the onion fly. So, if you planted onion and mint, you would have the perfect pair of buddy plants. This is the magic of companion planting.


Do be careful with mint though, this plant really can romp away and is pretty aggressive in the playground…

If white fly is your problem, a lovely crop of marigolds should see them off. Another great sacrificial crop is the humble, yet wonderful nasturtium. These lovely sunrise flowers attract aphids and cabbage white butterflies and keep them away from your veg. Nasturtiums are one of our favourites – they defend the honour of your veg, look stunning, and can even be sprinkled in your salad as a lovely bit of colourful spice.

Other winning herbs are chives and thyme both of which fight the good fight against aphids, black fly, carrot root fly, and flea beetles. Mint also sees these nasty characters off too. Finally, leeks and summer savory work hard to deter carrot root fly and black fly. 

Companion planting is a great idea. Not only are you creating a mutually beneficial eco system in your garden, but deterring nasties in this way is also ecologically sound. Using pesticides as seldom as you can is only ever a good idea.

Don’t forget, if you don’t have quite enough space in your veg bed, you can also pot up marigolds, nasturtiums, and mint in some of our planters. This way, you can spread them around the garden so they can get on with their bug-fighting mission without taking up precious space in your veg growing area.

Fill the bottom of a planter with broken crockery or old broken pots. Fill with peat-free compost, pop in your plant, water well and an arsenal of pest-busting warriors will be yours – easy!

 

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