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Published on Thu, May 9, 2002
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Did you know that rhubarb is a native of Asia? And that bell and hot peppers were cultivated by the Aztecs for thousands of years?

For many growing seasons, I have used companion planting to enhance my vegetables and fruit trees. I feel one needs to see for themselves if this method of “growth” works for them.

I have also used herbs to repel certain harmful insects. But please note, there are a lot of beneficial insects that we need to keep around as they are our friends.

The following are a few terms referring to compatible planting.

The following herbs are believed to repel certain pests. I have found that planting in groups of three, encircling the affected plant, produces good results. A lot of these herbs can be started from seeds or should be available from your favorite nursery.

Pest Repellent Plants Ant Peppermint, spearmint, pansy, wormwood Aphid Catnip, chives, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, garlic, larkspur, marigold, mustard, nasturtium, peppermint, spearmint   Asparagus Beetle Basil, parsley, tomato   Cabbage Butterfly Dill, Southernwood   Cabbage Looper Dill, eucalyptus, garlic, hyssop, peppermint, nasturtium, onion, pennyroyal, sage, southernwood, spearmint, thyme, wormwood   Cabbage Maggot Garlic, marigold, radish, sage, wormwood   Carrot Fly Leek, lettuce, onion, rosemary, sage, tobacco plant, wormwood   Cooling Moth Garlic, wormwood   Colorado Potato Beetle Catnip, coriander, eucalyptus, nasturtium, onion, pansy   Corn Earworm Cosmos, geranium, marigold   Cucumber Beetle Catnip, marigold, nasturtium, radish, rue Cutworm Spring amaranth   Flea Beetle Catnip, peppermint, rue, spearmint, southernwood, pansy, tobacco plant, wormwood   Japanese Beetle Catnip, chives, garlic, pansy   Leaf Hopper Geranium, petunia   Mexican Bean Beetle Marigold, rosemary, savories, wormwood Mice Wormwood Moles Castor beans, narcissus   Peach Borer Garlic Rabbit Garlic, marigold, onion (winding hoses in vegetable garden that have a snake like appearance)   Slug/snail Fennel, garlic, rosemary   Spider Mite Coriander   Squash bug Catnip, nasturtium, peppermint, petunia, radish, spearmint, pansy   Squash Vine Borer Radish   Tomato Horn Worm Dill, opal basil Whitefly Nasturtium, peppermint, thyme, wormwood.

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