Looking for ways to keep pests away from your vegetable garden without using chemicals? Consider planting flowers for the vegetable garden!! Flowers add a pop of color and beauty; as well as certain types can also naturally protect your plants. In my own experience, I've found lavender, nasturtium, alyssum, and marigold to be effective choices. Keep reading to learn more about each flower and how it can help deter pests in your vegetable garden.
Planting lavender in your garden has multiple benefits. It has a calming and relaxing scent and is a great pollinator for bees and butterflies, which helps pollinate your plants. Additionally, lavender is a natural repellent for common garden pests like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, and moths.
Nasturtiums are not only visually stunning but also edible. They are one of the most effective plants at repelling pests while attracting beneficial insects.
If you have one of the following problems in your garden plant a nasturtium near by to treat it.
- Cabbage looper/ worms
- Colorado potato beetles
- Cucumber beetles
- Flea beetles
- Squash bugs
Alyssum is another flower that is good at attracting beneficial insects and repelling harmful ones. It has the ability to attract plant-feeding insects that cause aphids such as syrphid flies, lady beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasps.
Marigolds are not only attractive to pollinators, but they can also be helpful in pest control. Ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, parasitic mini-wasps, and other predatory insects can be lured in with marigolds to consume aphids and other pests that may harm your crops.
Are you ready to plant flowers in your vegetable garden?
Planting flowers in your garden is a beneficial idea, not only for controlling pests but also for pollination. Flowers serve as excellent pollinators, producing larger, more flavorful, and abundant fruits and vegetables.