7 Plants That Will Keep Pests out of Your Garden

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I don’t know about you, but one of the most disheartening things about gardens for me is watching your much-loved, oft-tended plants get decimated by insects and other pests. What’s worse is that it’s often a guessing game to figure out what’s doing it and how to get rid of them before it’s too late.

I’ve taken cuttings to nurseries, scoured pictures online, and still lost whole seasons’ crops to the little pests – so I’m pretty thrilled to have this quick resource of 7 plants that could keep pests out of your garden before they even have a chance to set up their destructive shop.

7. Mint

Humans love the smell of mint, but pests like ants, mosquitoes, slugs, snails, and mice usually so not.

It prefers well-drained but moist ground, can tolerate some shade, and needs minimal care – plus, mimosas!

6. Geraniums

These garden classics thrive in pots with drain holes, planted in potting soil mixture and where they can get 4-6 hours of sunlight a day.

Take care of them and they’ll take care of Japanese beetles, mosquitos, leafhoppers, and corn earworms for you!

5. Petunias

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Petunias are okay with partial shade, but they aren’t fond of wind.

They also need a 1-foot distance between plants if they’re going to do their duty of repelling leafhoppers, aphids, tomato hornworms, and asparagus beetles.

4. Basil

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Love basil, don’t you? It gives such a lovely fragrance sitting on my kitchen windowsill! It may be dull and raining outside today but my sweet basil is growing beautifully indoors. These were sown as seeds in my kitchen and now they are ready to join the tomato plants outside this weekend! 😊🌿🙌🏼 Hope you are growing sweet basil too! 💚

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We use basil in the kitchen all the time, so not only will it repel mosquitoes, mosquito eggs, and houseflies in your garden, it will liven up your dinner, as well.

Make sure to choose a place with well-drained soil, as its roots don’t like to be wet.

3. Chrysanthemum

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These flowers need space – they can grow to heights of a foot, and to three feet wide – and they also prefer sun and well-drained soil.

They’ll help you out in return with ants, ticks, lice, spider mites, and silverfish.

2. Calendula

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Flowers…one of the most important things for a vegetable garden! Who knew?!? When I first started gardening I never thought to add flowers other than marigolds. I always knew marigolds were great for pest control especially with tomatoes and cucumbers which prior to this garden were the only veggies I had ever really grown…fast forward to now (a year and a half after starting my dream garden) I have flowers in every single bed and am gaining more knowledge of the importance of flowers to #growingfood Flowers help ensure pollination by the bees but also have so many other added benefits to any garden. This year I am growing #calendula for its medicinal benefits; #nasturtium for its beauty and edible options; #marigold for said purpose above; #sunflower because they just need to be in every garden and my husband loves the seeds; #dahlia because Instagram influenced me 😂 and because I absolutely loved the ones I grew last year; #pansies for their cuteness and they are edible; #borage because the bees go crazy for it and the flowers are gorgeous in summer drinks; #zinnia for their medicinal options and they are beautiful; #sweetpea because they smell incredible and just look stunning on a trellis; and then some #camomile and #lavendar because how could I not 🤷‍♀️ what flowers are you growing? #growingflowers #flowers #flower #garden #gardening #gardentips #gardenlove #gardenlife #flowerpower #gardentime

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Aside from being bright and cheerful, calendulas repel asparagus beetles and tomato hornworm.

They love sunshine and well-drained soil, and can also attract “good” insects like hoverflies.

1. Lavender

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Lavender is a big plant that needs space – the seeds should be 2-3 feet apart – and it also likes evenly-drained soil, but can grow in “bad” soil as well as good.

There are tons of ways to use it at home, and house flies, moths, and fleas all avoid it.

Definitely going to be putting this information to good use as soon as Mother Nature decides to let spring out of time out this year!

Do you have any other tricks up your sleeve for keeping out pests? Share them with us in the comments!