Pep­per­mint gera­ni­ums

NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Collect Seeds - Dianne Bur­goyne

”When we moved house our lemon tree got at­tacked by a grub, leav­ing the fruit with holes (and grubs). I met a won­der­ful old chap sell­ing plants at the local mar­ket who told me to plant pep­per­mint gera­nium ( Pe­largo­nium to­men­to­sum) un­der­neath the tree and let it spread around and that would

keep the bugs away. I bought a large plant from him and planted it as directed and the next sea­son had per­fect lemons and no grubs! It could be a co­in­ci­dence, but I believe it worked. That orig­i­nal plant has now spread all around the lemon tree and has a very strong pep­per­mint scent.”

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