Most of us have been out in our would-be gardens by now – tilling or planting – so today’s post should be helpful. I’ve consulted The Old Farmer’s Almanac for various tips about gardening. Happy gardening!
These tips aren’t just about planting – they are for you, too, the gardener. I’ve included some advice on what plants you can plant with your vegetables to attracts, birds, bees and butterflies, and also plants to keep pests away from your vegetables naturally. That means no pesticides that could hurt helpful bugs, and no chemical residue that you and your family could end up eating!
But first – an appropriate thought from Georgia O’Keefe: “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it is your world for a moment.” Nice.
Down to business:
What to plant to attract . . . :
bees: plant chives in the garden, as well as various flowering shrubs and plants.
hummingbirds: plant any of the following: bee balm, butterfly bush, clover pink, daylily, foxglove, larkspur, lupine, petunia, summer phlox and verbena
butterflies: all year long, plants are needed to serve as hosts for butterfly eggs, food for larvae (caterpillars) and nectar for adults. Some suggestions are: flowering dogwood, red bud, azalea, butterfly bush, spirea, sweet box, viburnum, creeping phlox, lobelia, butterfly milkweed, vinca (periwinkle), snapdragon, zinnia, Mexican heather, lantana – and many more.
What to plant to repel . . . :
mosquitoes: basil, mint, geraniums
aphids: catnip (and use ladybugs – a natural predator of aphids)
cabbage worms and moths: hyssop, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme
potato bugs: dead nettle, flax, horseradish
tomato hornworms: borage, basil
squash bugs: nasturtium
carrot flies: leek, rosemary, sage