Herbs forum: Using herbs in the garden

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Feb 12, 2016 8:24 AM CST
Everyone knows about using willow to root cuttings, cinnamon and chamomile to prevent damp off but what other herbs do you use in the garden and what do you use them for?
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 12, 2016 9:46 AM CST
I try to grow pyrethrum plants to deter lily beetle and the bug that attacks delphiniums.
So far I do not have a good stand of the pyrethrum plants.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Feb 14, 2016 3:26 PM CST
I grow both onion and garlic chives and use them as a repellent for many unwanted chewing insects.
Drop a handful of fresh leaves into the blender with 2 cups water and puree let stand an hour, strain through cheese cloth and use as a spray . I add a little honey to make it stick when spraying fresh peaches to deter the horrid Japanese beetle.


I also grow comfrey the large leaves are used as a mulch to smother newly sprouting weeds, and in compost tea as a fertilizer.

Tansy planted near my bench to keep away mosquitoes. I also tuck some in the pockets of my jeans or in the brim of my hat while working.
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Feb 14, 2016 6:37 PM CST
Cinda do you make a tea of the comfrey and use it full strength or do you dilute it?
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Feb 15, 2016 1:48 PM CST
Cinda--I love that tip about the onion/chive mixture to repel insects. I'll need to try that this year.

This is more of a companion-planting thing, but I always plant borage near my tomatoes--said to attract pollinators.
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Feb 23, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Here are some more plants to consider using in your garden to repel insects and bugs.
Basil repels mosquitos and horse flies
Lavender repels mosquitos, moths, flies and fleas
Lemon grass repels mosquitos
Lemon Thyme reels mosquitos,
Mint repels mosquitos
Rosemary repels mosquitos, and vegetables pests
Bay leaves repel flies
Chives repel carrot flies
Lemon balm repels mosquitos
Dill repels aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms
Fennel repels aphids, slugs and snails
Parsley repels asparagus beetles
Marigolds repels aphids, mosquitos and rabbits
Nastrtium repels white flies, squash bugs, aphids, beetles and cabbage loopers
Petunias repels aphids,tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leaf hoppers and squash bugs
Common lantana repels mosquitos,
geranium repels leaf hoppers
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Feb 23, 2016 8:00 PM CST
What a nice list, @Mindy03. Thanks for compiling that--it will be very helpful. Several of these are new to me Hurray!
Name: Eric
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CommonCents
Feb 26, 2016 2:49 PM CST
I've found that Borage is great to repel hornworms from tomatoes. I have one plot up by the chimney from the old house that always used to get lots of hornworms, to the point where they'd eat most of the entire tomato plants. I actually quit planting tomatoes up that way for a few years. I get a few hornworm problems in the garden bed down by the driveway, as well.
Last year, I mentioned this to one of the "old timers" selling some interesting heirloom tomato plants at the local farmers' market. He recommended borage as a border and companion to repel or even kill off the hornworms. I tried this last year with some of my "extra/leftover" tomato starts. I got a couple packets of borage seeds, and planted about every 1.5 to 2 feet around the border, and mixed a few in with the tomatoes. This was up where I stopped growing tomatoes because of the hornworms wiping them out. I didn't have a single hornworm all last summer in those tomatoes. I'm not sure if borage repels the hornworms, or one "old timer" told me that the hornworms eat the borage and it kills them. Whatever the mechanism, borage + tomato plants works well to repel/kill off the hornworms.

Also, a word about nasturtiums and aphids. Nasturtiums don't repel aphids, they attract aphids. Not to the level where they attract aphids to your garden where you didn't have them before. Just attractive enough that if you have aphids in your garden, plant some 'sacrificial' nasturtiums, and all the aphids will go to the nasturtiums and leave your other plants alone.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Feb 27, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Mindy03 said:Cinda do you make a tea of the comfrey and use it full strength or do you dilute it?


I guess the answer to that question depends how long I have let it set and if it has rained or not . When I make it I make it in a wheelbarrow and it sets for a week normally I just water the plants but if the water/ tea looks too strong or I just need to stretch it a bit I will water the tea down.
I do not think you can get it too strong, or at least not enough to do any harm.


sorry for the late reply *Blush*
With spring cleaning and wintersowing not much computer time
Must get the cleaning done so I can go out and play in the garden as soon as things warm up Smiling
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Feb 27, 2016 8:17 PM CST
Thanks Cinda I think I will try that this year.
That is OK on the slow reply I've been doing the same things for the same reason. L
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Mar 24, 2016 9:33 AM CST
It is getting time for the bugs that like to snack on us humans to start showing up.
What are you using to keep them from snacking on you?
My list includes
Lemon balm
Mints
Cinnamon
Lavender
Rosemary
Generally any strong smelling herb will work to repel bugs. You just have to be sure to apply them on every exposed area of skin.

A bonus of using herbs to repel those snackers is that you also benefit from them in other ways.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 24, 2016 3:33 PM CST
I've had insect repellents with Lemongrass, as well.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 11, 2016 8:07 AM CST
Comfrey is a mineral accumulator in the garden.
Does anyone have, or know anything about the variegated cultivars?

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