This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Companion Planting - Pest Deterrent Plants

Thyme deters cabbage loopers, cabbage worms and whiteflies

It is suggested that those who like to garden organically and in an eco-friendly way can do much to improve their chances of controlling insect pests by establishing deterrent plants. For centuries gardeners all over the world have made claims that particular plants control specific pests, but to date nothing has been proved unequivocally scientifically. However, many gardeners believe companion planting is beneficial, even if the results are not yet completely conclusive.

There is a comprehensive list now available on the GardenMessenger web-site. The list that follows is of accumulated knowledge from a number of both written and verbal sources. None of the plants mentioned should be depended upon as an alternative to good practical pest management, whether wholly organic or with the use of pesticides, but they are an interesting starting point for serious organic gardening research. To visit the list click here.

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