16 plants for a healthy gar­den

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - JESSICA DAMIANO

Here are 16 plants to use strate­gi­cally for a health­ier gar­den. Laven­der: Re­pels slugs. Basil: Re­pels aphids, flies, mos­qui­toes and mites; also has fungi­ci­dal prop­er­ties. Plant around toma­toes to re­pel horn­worms. Cat­nip: Re­pels ants, fleas and mos­qui­toes. Toma­toes: Plant them around as­para­gus to re­pel as­para­gus bee­tles, and around roses to help pre­vent black spot. Keep away from cab­bage, fen­nel and pota­toes. Oregano: Re­pels cu­cum­ber bee­tle. Bor­age: Re­pels tomato worms. Onion: Re­pels ants, aphids, bor­ers and moles. Also dis­cour­ages black spot on roses. Plant around car­rots, beets, straw­ber­ries, toma­toes, let­tuce and cab­bage, but avoid around beans, pars­ley, peas and leeks. Rose­mary: De­ters cab­bage moth, bean bee­tles and car­rot fly. Pe­tu­nia: Re­pels aphids, leaf­hop­pers and Mex­i­can bean bee­tles. Thyme: De­ters cab­bage worms and slugs. Nas­tur­tium: Re­pels aphids, spi­der mites and white­flies. Plant around fruit trees, cu­cum­bers, squash and toma­toes (for im­proved flavour). Mint: Re­pels aphids, cab­bage moths and cab­bage worms. Plant in con­tain­ers, though, or it will take over your gar­den. Radish: Plant it around cu­cum­bers and squash to trap bee­tles. Marigolds: Pests (aphids, bean bee­tles and oth­ers) find its scent re­pul­sive, so plant them through­out the vegetable gar­den. French and African va­ri­eties elim­i­nate ne­ma­todes from the soil. Chamomile: Re­pels cab­bage moths. Chives: Plant them around roses and let­tuce to re­pel aphids. News­day

Marigolds

Thyme

Basil

Nas­tur­tium

Chives

Mint

Laven­der

Radish

Chamomile

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