Five Flowers and Herbs that are Beneficial to Your Vegetable Patch

Posted on January 3, 2021 at 10:52 am

If you haven’t heard of companion planting before, it is a handy technique for protecting your vegetables from pests by repelling them, attracting pollinators to help your vegetable flourish and also improving the soil with valuable nutrients.

Five Excellent Plants for Improving Your Vegetable Patch

1. Borage – a pollinator attracting herb that has edible flowers and leaves (good for salads, or iced beverages) and is best used for tomatoes, strawberries and squash.

2. Marigolds- an excellent pest deterrent (above and below ground) which are also edible, typically used in salads and dressings.

3. Nasturtium- deters pests, are an edible garnish or salad addition with a peppery flavour and best when paired with cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, potatoes, and brassicas.

4. Calendula- has edible flower petals and attracts pollinators and “good” bugs like green lacewings and ladybugs. Its sticky sap can trap unwanted pests like white flies, thrips and aphids.

5. Lavender- an excellent culinary herb which repels deer and cabbage moths but very attractive to pollinators.

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