Try planting natural companion plants in between your vegetables and fruits!
This is a great way to stop the pest and disease from overtaking your wonderful creation, whether its a container bed/raised bed or in the garden directly. This works possibly anywhere if you do it correctly.
Try the following companion plants:
1. Borage (Borago officinalis) – Which is an herb that grows into a wide gangly plant. It has delicate flowers which are sometimes blue (loss their pollen) or pink and are in favour of attracting bees. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible, has a subtle cool cucumber flavour. These plants are fast growing and can be direct seeded. After that, they tend to reseed themselves, so you’ll have an endless supply too!
2. Lavender (Lavandula sp.) – Has a heavenly fragrance which you’ll love and acts as a repellent for several pests and disease of the vegetable garden. You probably know that deer avoid it. At the top of the list is ticks. Lavender won’t ensure that you won’t get bit, but it should cut down on the amount of ticks in the area. Moths, like those pesky green cabbage moths, find the scent offensive. And even mice will find somewhere else to snack.
3. Marigolds (Tagetes sp.) – They deter pests both above the ground and below. plant these in your garden like crazy and the rabbits will think twice before crossing the line. Confuse Mexican bean beetles by inter-planting them with your bean plants. They have been credited with repelling squash bugs, thrips, tomato hornworms and whiteflies.
4. Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) – They prefer cooler temperatures and continue blooming well into the fall. They are favored by aphids and make a great trap crop. But they are also one of the more delicious edible flowers and leaves. Nasturtiums also offer some protection from squash bugs and beetles. Nasturtium seeds are large and easy to collect for replanting next season. Many will probably seed on their own.
5. Sunflowers (Helianthus) – These are a perfect compliment for the vegetable garden. They make great trellises for climbing plants and have lots of nectar to attract pollinators. Unfortunately they also tend to attract squirrels, which can be a problem if you are growing them to save the seeds. However a coarse leaved vegetable, like squash, planted beneath them, will go a long way toward deterring animals. Sunflowers also create a row of wind breakers. It also provides the garden with shade which keeps the soil moist.
6. Scented Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) – These are not edible for humans, but many other creatures find them delicious. If you have difficulty keeping them around in your flower garden, growing them in the protected enclosure of your vegetable garden is a ideal. Growing sweet peas with tall edible peas and pole beans is a great way to squeeze them into the garden and get the benefit of attracting more pollinators to your garden.