Integrated Pest Management (IPM) means determining how to best handle pests for the sake of the environment and your plants. Shannon Hathaway speaks about some natural IPM techniques for keeping pests out of your garden and encouraging healthy plants.
To ward off pests early on, add some companion plants to your garden wish-list. Companion plants deter pests and attract pollinators. It’s a win-win situation. Here’s a list to get you thinking.
Marigolds + Tomatoes – Tomato hornworm caterpillars hate marigolds and will scurry the other way if they see these beauties beside your tomato plants
Rosemary + Roses — Insects and deer will steer clear of your rose bushes if you plant plenty of rosemary. Keep in mind that it takes quite a bit of rosemary to be effective
Lavender + Extra Garden Space – Deer also hate lavender and other aromatic herbs. Fill in extra space in your garden and add some flavor to your favorite dishes as well.
Dill + Pollinators – Want to attract some great pollinators for your veggies? Plant some dill to help!