There are many ways to deal with insects. I prefer to be as natural as possible. My yard is organic, so for me, pesticides are not an option.
I do sometimes use a Garlic Pepper Tea Solution for particularly bothersome bugs, but most often I use strategic planting to deter pests.
Many bedding plants will repel Mosquitos. Citronella Geraniums in a pot by the front or back door will reduce the amount of Mosquitos hovering around the entrance. Lantanas will also repel Mosquitos. Many herbs which may enhance a good meal, can repel Mosquitos. Lemon Grass, Lemon Thyme and all Basils have oils which repel insects. Rosemary, Mints and Marigolds also repel Mosquitos.
Spearmint and Tansy are good for ants. Plant near strawberry plants to keep the ants away. Dried Mint in sachets or a perforated container, placed in the pantry will deter ants. Catnip is also good dried in sachets to repel ants.
Snails, Japanese Beetles and Aphids
Garlic, Chives and Catnip will repel all three insects.
Fennel and Dill are multipurpose. Both are tasty seasonings which also repel aphids and snails, and as an added bonus, the leaves are food for Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars. Nasturtium, another favorite multipurpose plant, is a peppery addition to a salad or when planted by tomatoes and cucumbers, repels aphids and whiteflies.
Chrysanthemums and Heirloom Marigolds are the all-natural insecticide. In flower form they repel many things such as roaches, silverfish, fleas and ants. When the Pyrethrins are extracted and concentrated, this format will kill the harmful insects. Much care should be given to not harm Beneficial Insects such as Lady Bugs, Praying Mantis, Lacewings and Bees.
I plant Bee friendly plants to encourage pollination of my vegetable plants and Citrus Trees. Bee Balm and Borage are great for Bees. I have a corner spot filled with different kinds of Salvias which Bees seem to really enjoy. Bee happy!
And remember… Mexican Mint Marigold repels wild rabbits… Who knew?
We have many customers through our doors and one of the questions we are most often asked is what fertilizer should be used. At Maas Nursery, the answer is easy; MICROLIFE!! We strongly recommend Microlife to our customers because we believe that healthy soil produces healthy plants and in turn healthypeople.
Microlife is a comprehensive organic fertilizer that has been in production for 28 years. Fertilizer is a way to “feed” our plants and make them healthy so they in turn can then produce to their optimum capability.
Now is the time to be fertilizing and we suggest you go organic if you haven’t already! Organic programs by nature improve soils and strengthen plants. Chemical programs by nature destroy soils and weaken plants. When you have a thriving number of microbes in your soil you not only increase soil and plant health but conservation of resources is established too.
Microlife 6-2-4 is an all organic biological fertilizer for all Turfgrasses, Ornamentals, Perennials, Flowers and Vegetables. It is a 100% slow release and will never burn, unlike chemical fertilizers. It provides over 100 + nutrients, minerals, vitamins, natural plant hormones, natural plant stimulators, essential sugars/amino acids/carbon/protein and billions of beneficial microbes representing 76 different species.
This is an extremely powerful, homogenous, granulated All Organic Biological fertilizer containing: Fish, Kelp, Molasses, Emery Humates, Bat Guano, Rock Phosphate,Wheat Middling’s, Soy Meal, Cottonseed Meal,Alfalfa, Corn Meal, Kmag, Potassium Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, 18 select Amino Acids, Folic Acid,Vitamins, plus the MicroGro Supreme Bio-Inoculant package which contains billions of beneficial microorganisms including Endo & Ecto Mycorrhizal fungi.All ingredients are included in meaningful amounts.
Microlife will improve all soils by feeding the indigenous microbes, adding billions more, by providing specific soil improvers like polysaccharides, humic acid, fulvic acid and the major building blocks of life. MicroLife 6-2-4 builds big root systems which further improves the soil and reduces water use.
Spring is the time to apply this fertilizer! Stop by the Garden Center and pick up your Microlife soon. Your plants will thank you for the tasty and nutritious food !