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By plantladylin
December 3, 2011

Grow Mint. It's not only a great herb, but also a natural pesticide, and using natural pesticides whenever possible means less chemicals to harm the earth. Pinch and crush a few mint leaves and place under cabinets and around doors where ants might enter. Other natural pesticides: A thin amount of lemon juice along door jambs will keep out ants also. Garlic or Cayenne Pepper sprinkled on plants keeps aphids at bay.

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sheryl
Dec 2, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Any kind, Lin?
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plantladylin
Dec 2, 2011 8:40 PM CST
Sheryl: I've used Spearmint (Mentha spicata) but I've read that most any mint is a pest repellant. I've also used cayenne pepper to deter aphids.
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 3, 2011 6:24 AM CST
Thanks Lynn! I hate aphids! Good to know about the cayenne pepper. Interesting about the mint. Cool!
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SongofJoy
Dec 3, 2011 6:31 AM CST
Good tip. ♥ organic resources.
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plantladylin
Dec 3, 2011 8:38 AM CST
I much prefer the organic/natural means of controlling pests whenever possible. It's less expensive than most store bought chemical controls and of course less harmful to the environment.
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dave
Dec 3, 2011 8:55 AM CST

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This is a great tip.

Mint flowers also attracts bees. Grow mints in your orchard, around your fruit trees, and between your blackberry brambles.
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plantladylin
Dec 3, 2011 9:21 AM CST
Great idea Dave ... bees have been on the decline and we need those pollinators!
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LindaTX8
Dec 3, 2011 9:29 AM CST
I think peppermint is thought to be good for that. Some places sell mint oil, but haven't tried that yet.
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Maridell
Dec 3, 2011 10:55 AM CST
I did not know this! I have a few different mints and plenty to spare for this purpose. Thank you!
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plantladylin
Dec 3, 2011 11:19 AM CST
You are welcome ... it's a tip I learned years ago from an elderly neighbor.
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mom2goldens
Dec 3, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Great tip about using mint as a natural pesticide. I love it so much as a culinary herb, I've not given much thought to other uses. Thanks for sharing this.....
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plantladylin
Dec 3, 2011 5:06 PM CST
Linda, you are welcome. I've been thinking of trying catmint as well but unfortunately my cat won't allow me to use that one for anything other than her enjoyment! Big Grin
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chelle
Jul 28, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Yes! Oh, yes!

I witnessed a very cool thing this year. I bought one of those late winter, potted mini roses from the grocery store and enjoyed indoors until it started dropping leaves due to insufficient light. I then moved it outdoors into a frost-free area and forgot about it...until one day I noticed that it was completely covered in aphids! Even though it looked dead I hosed it off anyway and set it in the mint patch where it had sun, but protection from the wind. It's the only rose here that has bloomed all summer long and hasn't even been touched by Japanese beetles.

When I thought about how well it was doing down there, buried in fast-growing mint, I started taking clippings of mint to my other roses. Those roses are blooming now too, with no bug damage at all! The roses without clippings yet are still suffering, so IMHO it has to be the mint that's making such a big difference.

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plantladylin
Jul 29, 2013 8:03 AM CST
Hurray! Chelle! Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 29, 2013 10:25 AM CST
Cool Chelle!
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