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« on: May 06, 2011, 08:21:36 PM »

I read in a very old issue (1984) of Mother Earth News that if you plant green onions, marigolds, and garlic around your plants it will help repel the bad bugs.  Anyone else have any other suggestions. I bought a bunch of mariglods today.  They will  look pretty even if they don't keep the bugs away.  I already had a few bunching red onions.  And I was going to plant garlic in the gall but I guess I'll go ahead and start some this spring.  it probably won't do so well in the heat but maybe the smell will help with the bugs. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011, 11:31:34 PM »

I don't use herbicides or fungicides or insecticides or anything else that has "icide" in its name.  I have had good luck with marigolds and onions and garlic.  A good spray with a soap solution works well too.  Make sure that it gets to the underside of leaves where the eggs are glued on.
There are many kinds of bugs that will help you in the garden.  (lady bugs and praying mantises and those little wasps that lay their eggs in immature nasty bugs)
I don't even try to eradicate every bug in the world.  My bees would not like that.  I just plant a little extra so I can share and I hope that the bugs will practice birth control.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 04:46:34 PM »

Thanks June.  I really have to try and avoid pesticides especially because of our precious honeybees.  and believe me the bad bugs are voracious here in the south!! My Mom says the marigolds didn't help her but I'm going to try!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 07:09:21 AM »

I've been trying to get my hands on a flat of marigolds, but NO ONE is selling them around here this year!  I don't understand why; I've literally been looking since February.  I planted some seeds, but they're not doing well, and I want to just pop some established plants inbetween my tomato and pepper plants.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2011, 12:13:13 PM »

hummmm... maybe nobody in your area is having luck with the maragolds this year Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011, 01:06:34 PM »

Try nasturtiums too.  They are pretty, hot and peppery.  Bugs don't like them but they are great in salads.
I have a neighbour who swears that vanilla will repel bugs.  I think he's bonkers, but we love him anyhow.
What you really need is a good hard winter.  Freeze those little pests as they sleep.  I really notice the difference in the bug problems after a mild winter.
My main weapon against bugs is a soapy spray.  I give the plants a couple of good baths before they set blossoms.  Once they get big enough to set fruit they seem to be big and strong enough to do their own fighting.
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2011, 01:37:22 PM »

Oooh I like that idea. Nasturshians are edible too!!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 05:16:48 PM »

O.K.  My bonkers, but loveable neighbour just walked in. (Speak of the devil?)  He says that vanilla does not repel bugs.  This, according to him, is how it works.  Adult bugs very rarely cause any damage.  It is the larval stages that are the problem.  Adult bugs just mate and lay eggs.  A gentleman bug seeks female companionship by using his sense of smell.  If you spray a little vanilla around, those amorous bugs can't find each other.  No mating, equals no eggs or sterile eggs.  That means no baby bugs. 
I suppose that makes sense, but I suspect that my neighbour hasn't had a date in years and he doesn't want the bugs to have any fun either.
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 06:47:34 PM »

LMAO!!   Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2011, 06:26:19 AM »

 Cry LOL June!!!  Cry
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2011, 03:30:12 PM »

I am doing the Basil, Zenia, and mixing crops together, like onions planted with carrots, garlic planted with a row of tomatoes, basil with tomatoes, zenia's with cabbage.

So far it is working real well, i did not plant any thing with the brussel sprouts by the bean arbor, the beans are doing great, but the brussel sprout leafs are getting eaten up a little, so next year i will be doing the whole garden in mixed crop/rows with herbs and flowers!

If you noticed a blue barrel in the BeerDaddy Garden pictures, that is a Red Wasp Hive, been there now 3 years and has a 8 inch wide nest in it, they spend the day hunting down leaf eating worms/catepillars in my garden, I leave them alone and unmolested and they dont bother me!

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