MIY All Natural Bug Spray/Pesticide for Your Garden

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There are some other means of natural pest control if you would like to try them. Perhaps one of the oldest methods is called companion planting. This method uses plants that bugs do not like and place them next to your vegetable plants. Some common companion plants:

  • If you have planted cabbage, cucumbers, or onions, chamomile is a great companion plant. Not only does it improve the flavor, you can harvest the flowers for later use.
  • Catnip is a great herb to plant near squash and cucumbers. It naturally repels aphids and those ugly squash bugs. Dry catnip leaves for a tasty tea, fun for your cat, and can even be used in a spray bottle with a bit of soap and water as a natural pest control spray.
  • Plant marigolds all over your garden. Many pests do not like the smell of marigolds.
  • Nasturtiums are also terrific for tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, squash, and melons. They are super pretty as garden flowers as well.
  • Dill is perfect for cabbage, lettuce, and cucumbers. Not only does it help repel bugs, but you can pick it and make dill pickles later. Never plant dill near tomatoes however.
  • Planting basil with your tomatoes will improve the flavor of your tomatoes as well as increase your yield. You can also plant basil near peppers.
  • Borage is perfect for both cabbage and tomatoes and it repels those hideous tomato horn worms and cabbage moths. It’s great for your strawberries as well.
  • Radishes can be planted all over your garden. Planting radishes next to your cucumber plants will help keep cucumber beetles away from your veggies.
  • Onions are another great way to keep pests away from your broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries.
  • Planting sunflowers next to your cucumbers, peas, and beans will provide a natural trellis for these veggies to climb and a natural trap for many garden pests, including aphids.

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